Single-engine rotary sales fall by 50% in 2023
Feb07

Single-engine rotary sales fall by 50% in 2023

Helicopter sales and market intelligence firm Aero Asset has announced the release of Heli Market Trends 2023 Single-Engine edition. This report features proprietary market intelligence and analysis of the global preowned single-engine helicopter market and according to its analysis, 2023 was a tough year for single-engine rotary sales. “In 2023, pricing for single-engine helicopters remained strong even though retail sales volume...

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Helicentre’s ‘flying’ operations start at London Oxford Airport
Jan05

Helicentre’s ‘flying’ operations start at London Oxford Airport

Helicentre is starting flying training from its new London Oxford Airport (LOA) base this month. Leicester Airport-headquartered Helicentre opened its satellite operation at LOA last year, commencing operations with a simulator hall housing an AW109 FNPT II MCC simulator. The CAA approved simulator is used to deliver procedural training towards the Multi Engine Instrument Rating (MEIR), as well as multi-engine type ratings and IR...

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My helicopter FI course – Part 2 by Helen Krasner
Oct04

My helicopter FI course – Part 2 by Helen Krasner

Previously I described the first two weeks of my helicopter FI course, which I undertook more years ago thank I care to work out. As I explained last month, I found those two weeks really tough. The third week was similar and on top of that I was ill. Here are some extracts from the diary I kept at the time… Wednesday 12 Feb Crap visibility and low cloud, so no flying. Maybe just as well, as I have a bad cold and a pounding...

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My helicopter FI course – Part I by Helen Krasner
Sep18

My helicopter FI course – Part I by Helen Krasner

It’s many years since I qualified as a helicopter instructor and nearly as long since I thought about my Flight Instructor (FI) course in any detail. But I was sorting through some stuff recently and I happened to come across the detailed diary which I kept during those weeks. The diary reminded me of just how hard I found that course. Indeed, it was probably the most difficult few weeks of my whole flying career. I wrote about it...

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Degraded Visual Environment training
Jun15

Degraded Visual Environment training

Rotary flight training school Helicopter Services is launching a new training programme aimed at equipping pilots with new knowledge and techniques for dealing with flight in a degraded visual environment. Flight in a Degraded Visual Environment (DVE) is unfamiliar, can be extremely challenging and ultimately lead to an accident, explains Helicopter Services MD and chief pilot Leon Smith. “By understanding planning, avoidance and...

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