If you are in trouble anywhere in the world, an airplane can fly over and drop flowers, but a helicopter can save your life - Igor Sikorsky
I qualified as a private helicopter pilot in the summer of 2015 after a year of training. The PPL(H) course (Private Pilots License (Helicopter)) is hugely intensive with the following requirements:
- Log at least 45 hours of flight training, including 10 hours of solo time
- Pass 7 theoretical knowledge exams and a practical radiotelephony exam
- Hold a "Class 2" medical certificate
It's an incredible feeling being at 2,000ft in control of a flying machine. Especially if you can sit in a hover and just watch the world go by for a couple of minutes.
One for the very special privileges for helicopter pilots is the ability to fly through one of the busiest airspaces in the world - The London Control Zone. So long as we keep our single engine helicopters in gliding distance of The Thames then we can fly straight through the heart of London. It's one of the most incredible experiences in the world. Below are some short videos of recent flights.