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Old 27th Nov 2019, 22:26
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Anyone trained with Helicentre Leicester?

Hello All,

I am sort of new to the forum, I have been observing member for some years but recently decided to post topics, so apologize in advance if this is the wrong area.

I am currently looking for a school to do my PPL H, I wanted to do it in CABRI G2, purely because of the modern cockpit and single cyclic. One of the schools which I have found is Helicentre Aviation based on Leicester, they do their training on the Cabri G2 and have 6 of them, has anyone trained with them? Are they a good school? What the instructors like? Any assistance with PPL exams etc?

Currently looking at the modular course which is in the region of £20k, but exams are self-study and have to be sat in 6 sittings. Are the exams easy to do as self-study? They offer one to one tuition on subjects if needs be but their exams are not held on-site but done at a CAA center elsewhere. I find this a bit different because I previously started training but quit midway 10 years ago and I did exams on site, I gave up at the time due to marrige and kids etc, I feel I would be fine with most exams apart from Navigation as it involved working with the flight computer etc.

Any one that can share advise on this shcool or any other Cabri G2 school? Just worried I may need re the exams etc.

Funding currently is not an issue and have enough up until CPL H.

Thansk in advance


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Old 28th Nov 2019, 01:54
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The G2 is a good machine, however you're first job if you want to go to CPL H, is more likely to be an R44...

I would train on the R22 , far easier transition to the R44.

I would highly recommend https://www.arcus-heli.com they have a G2 , R22 and R44. (based at Nottingham) about 1 hour drive from peterborough

The Exams are all achievable , but you do need guidance through them, and you be under an ATO for the exams with consolidation classes before sitting the exams ?

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The other question that you might want to explore is ‘what happens after CPL(H)’ if that is your goal or are you stopping at PPL?
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Old 28th Nov 2019, 07:47
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Hello ersa,
The G2/R44 combination works quite well and a lot of flight schools rely on it.
Hello blessing 786, you'll see that some members here have a clear-cut opinion about the school, I don't know this organisation.
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Old 28th Nov 2019, 11:25
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Originally Posted by ersa View Post
The G2 is a good machine, however you're first job if you want to go to CPL H, is more likely to be an R44...

I would train on the R22 , far easier transition to the R44.

I would highly recommend they have a G2 , R22 and R44. (based at Nottingham) about 1 hour drive from peterborough

The Exams are all achievable , but you do need guidance through them, and you be under an ATO for the exams with consolidation classes before sitting the exams ?
Thanks Ersa

I have sent Arcus Heli's an email, did you train with them?

I am thinking, in the long run, I could get type conversion if I needed to move to the R44. I have done 1 hour in the R22 and the Cabri feels and handles way nicer. It also has a digital cockpit.

I have had a 1hrs lessons R22 and 30 minutes in the Cabri and the Cabri just feels smoother and has a digital cockpit. I am thinking to get type conversion when and if needed in the future.

Main concern is the exams but hoping with self-study and bit of tuition may help along. Maths is not my strong point but how much of it is needed without calculators etc?
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Old 28th Nov 2019, 11:35
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Hi Jeepys,

Long term plan is CPL and after will depend on my funds. May get a Instructor rating or try my luck in the middle east.
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Old 28th Nov 2019, 11:36
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Hi Heli Henri,

Thanks for your response, do you know what the clear cut opinions are? are they good or bad? or mixture?
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Old 28th Nov 2019, 15:11
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Originally Posted by blessing786 View Post
Hello All,

I am sort of new to the forum, I have been observing member for some years but recently decided to post topics, so apologize in advance if this is the wrong area.

I am currently looking for a school to do my PPL H, I wanted to do it in CABRI G2, purely because of the modern cockpit and single cyclic. One of the schools which I have found is Helicentre Aviation based on Leicester, they do their training on the Cabri G2 and have 6 of them, has anyone trained with them? Are they a good school? What the instructors like? Any assistance with PPL exams etc?

Currently looking at the modular course which is in the region of £20k, but exams are self-study and have to be sat in 6 sittings. Are the exams easy to do as self-study? They offer one to one tuition on subjects if needs be but their exams are not held on-site but done at a CAA center elsewhere. I find this a bit different because I previously started training but quit midway 10 years ago and I did exams on site, I gave up at the time due to marrige and kids etc, I feel I would be fine with most exams apart from Navigation as it involved working with the flight computer etc.

Any one that can share advise on this shcool or any other Cabri G2 school? Just worried I may need re the exams etc.

Funding currently is not an issue and have enough up until CPL H.

Thansk in advance
Where abouts are you located?
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Old 28th Nov 2019, 18:51
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I believe they are currently training fully sponsored cadets for Bristow helicopters so that would suggest they have quite high standards and perhaps training with them could provide an opportunity to work for Bristow in the future.

https://www.pilotcareernews.com/bris...det-programme/
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Old 28th Nov 2019, 21:09
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Hi Heli 87,

I am located in Cambridgeshire but willing to travel up to about 60 miles for training. Used have Aeroamega out of Cambridge airport but they have since closed down due to being turfed out by the landlord at the airport as the hanger was needed for development. Shame really, the instructor they're seemed very well qualified.
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Old 28th Nov 2019, 22:41
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Yes, they seem to have full courses running but all the students are non-modular and most have had their training paid for, They, therefore, don't have financial difficulties should something go wrong. I mean I have to consider failing the exams or the flight tests itself. I know they may have high standards but then their is more chance of them continuing with dual instruction meaning eating into hour building fund. Maybe I have wrong impression but that what I think, unless someone else has been an trained with them and has different advise?
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Only 4 are fully sponsored.
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Originally Posted by Council Van View Post
I believe they are currently training fully sponsored cadets for Bristow helicopters so that would suggest they have quite high standards and perhaps training with them could provide an opportunity to work for Bristow in the future.

https://www.pilotcareernews.com/bris...det-programme/

Ah the Golden Carrot , train with us and you may get a position at bristow
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Old 29th Nov 2019, 06:19
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Originally Posted by blessing786 View Post
Hi Heli 87,

I am located in Cambridgeshire but willing to travel up to about 60 miles for training. Used have Aeroamega out of Cambridge airport but they have since closed down due to being turfed out by the landlord at the airport as the hanger was needed for development. Shame really, the instructor they're seemed very well qualified.
have you looked at Sloane Helicopters? Only around 40 miles from you, Also Arcus are worth a visit - great bunch of guys.

the guys at Helicentre haven’t all had their training paid for, like Olster said, Only 4 of them won the sponsorship.

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Old 29th Nov 2019, 10:14
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Only 4 are fully sponsored.
Oh, I didn't realise that, I had feeling it was all integrated courses.
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Old 29th Nov 2019, 10:16
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Ersa,

I was told they are picked on merit and not out of a hat. If you complete a PPL H with them before Sep 2020 you could get a paid CPL scholarship, but that is a big gamble as it may never happen, and you may not be the the right candidate for them etc.
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Old 29th Nov 2019, 10:17
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have you looked at Sloane Helicopters? Only around 40 miles from you, Also Arcus are worth a visit - great bunch of guys.

the guys at Helicentre haven’t all had their training paid for, like Olster said, Only 4 of them won the sponsorship.

I am visiting Arcus Helicopters.

and I have made contact with Sloane, Sloane only train on the R22, this cheaper for the PPL and hour building but the Cabri feels and looks better, slightly confused which to go with really.
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Originally Posted by blessing786 View Post
I am visiting Arcus Helicopters.

and I have made contact with Sloane, Sloane only train on the R22, this cheaper for the PPL and hour building but the Cabri feels and looks better, slightly confused which to go with really.
It will save a lot and when you say hour building are you looking to go CPL? FI? What’s your plan?

You can always do a G2 type rating after your PPL.

You also have school around the north London area and east London / surrey

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Old 29th Nov 2019, 10:33
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It will save a lot and when you say hour building are you looking to go CPL? FI? What’s your plan?

You can always do a G2 type rating after your PPL.

You also have school around the north London area and east London / surrey

My plan is to get a PPL and then hour build, when I have enough hours, looking to a CPL followed by FI rating. Best thing would be getting a job after CPL but being realstic thats not going to happen due to low hours so FI would be the way forward. Currently, have enough funds up to CPL.

Do you know if conversion courses are difficult? Is it case of you can fly one helicopter and you can fly them all? (subject to getting the type rating ofcourse)

I have seen schools around london but currently trying to keep it as close as to me as possible as I am looking to two days a week. The further the school the travelling will eat into my hour building fund.
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