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Choosing your School

Leaving aside the convenience of the location, the main question is what helicopter to learn on? Most people complete their training on a two-seat helicopter for cost reasons, before learning to fly bigger machines. The Robinson R22 is the most popular choice because it’s affordable, there are lots of them, and it’s easy to convert to the rest of the Robinson family, which offers natural scope for progression. The other main options are the Cabri G2 – increasing in popularity, but typically more expensive per flying hour than the R22 – and the Schweizer 300. It’s worth researching the pros and cons of each and deciding
which suits you best.

Cost is a major consideration for many students, so check to see whether there are discounts available for paying upfront for blocks of hours (at Heli Air, I paid for 15 hours at a time). Look at the self-fly hire opportunities for once you get your licence, too. You’ll be needing a helicopter to fly unless you’re in the fortunate position of being able to buy your own. Finally, what other helicopters does the school have that you might want to learn to fly in the future? 

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