Our Head of Training, Capt Duncan Bickley is both a Flight Examiner (FE) and a Type Rating Examiner (TRE).  He is available to carry out Proficiency Checks and Licence Skill Tests on the R22, R44 and Bell 206 series. He is happy to travel to your base airfield to conduct any tests or checks, provided that mileage is covered in addition to the normal test fee.

PPL Skills Test

Following a change in legislation, EASA has made it illegal for an examiner to conduct a PPL skill test on a candidate to whom they have given instruction.  Moreover, examiners must now be approved by the CAA in advance using a specified procedure. This has led to some difficulty in finding suitably qualified and available examiners.

Duncan is available to carry out PPL tests at any other flying schools or at Cambridge if required.  We are happy to use your own helicopter, one you have leased or we can provide one if that is helpful.

Proficiency Checks

Annual proficiency checks can be conducted by Duncan either from Cambridge or from your home base. Since it is rare for PPL’s to practice some of the manoeuvres covered in the Proficiency Check such as Autorotations and Engine off landings, Duncan is very happy to provide some revision training, prior to conducting the check.  If there are several of you at one base, Duncan is happy to charge a day rate to help you share costs.


Type rating Tests

If you have completed a Type Rating Training course on the R22, R44 or B206, Duncan will be happy to examine you once training is complete. Once again, this can be conducted either at your home base or  at Cambridge.


Air Operator’s Certificate Base and Line Checks.

Subject to agreement by the AOC holder, Duncan is qualified to conduct Base and Line checks for pilots operating an R44 or a Bell 206 under an AOC. This requires an agreement to be reached and manuals to be amended, so a certain amount of preliminary work is necessary. However, Duncan is happy to make himself available – again on a day rate basis – to test several candidates in succession.

Flying Schools Cross Cooperation

Many schools will now find themselves in a situation where their staff examiners are no longer able to test their customers.  We are happy to negotiate cross cooperative arrangements with other Flying Schools to overcome these difficulties. It goes without saying that our examiner will respect schools’ relationships with their customers.