The EASA PPL(H) allows you to fly a helicopter for your own personal use, be it for business or pleasure. The PPLH is made up of flight and ground instruction that is designed to give the experience and competence needed to pass the flight tests and ground exams.
You will need a minimum flying experience of 45 hours of flight training for a PPLH, of which 10 hours must be solo. Alongside the flight training there are 9 ground exams to pass, which are all multiple-choice papers. You will have a combination of classroom teaching and home study in preparation for these.
The flight training course consists of a number of exercises designed to teach you all of the skills required to safely pilot a helicopter. These include
- Straight and level flight, climbing and descending
- Hovering, takeoff and landing
- Sideways and backwards flights
- Spot turns
- Confined areas
Having completed all the training of the above exercises your flying skills will be such that you can take the general flying test with our own resident CAA examiner.
Cabri G2 Helicopter
Most of our PPL(H) training is done in the new Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter.
A helicopter pilot’s main concern is safety and, because of this, the manufacturer set a target in the design and testing of the Cabri which was to a level much higher than other helicopters in the same category. Including innovative features such as enhanced impact protection for essential components such as the fuel tank and of course the pilots !
The Cabri helicopter delivers superior flying qualities as well then other similar size helicopters. It gives a unique combination of stability and manoeuvrability because of its semi-articulated, three-bladed rotor using innovative new technologies. It has outstanding stability in hover and in cruise: like that of helicopters five times its size.
The Cabri G2 is a joy to fly and learn in !
You can watch a video of a Cabri G2 flight display here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbH76WwjohM