How to pass your PPLH

Below is a reproduced review from a HPPL student of his personal experience as he learnt to fly a Robinson 22 with JK Helicopters.

What does success look like?

For me: I wanted to get my PPL(H) licence, on an R22, flying the least number of hours, with support for the ground exams, within budget and in about 6 weeks.

JKHT is not only the callsign for one of their R22s, it’s also the name of the flight school: James Kenwright Helicopter Training. So when I found the website and called the number it was great that James himself was the one who picked up the phone and was happy to spend 20 minutes talking through what it would take to achieve that success.

That call, followed by a visit to the airfield and a read of James and Ewan’s latest testimonials feedback. That all sold me on it being a place I could trust would get me my licence and make it a great experience.

Today, 6 weeks later, I passed my flight test!

A total success: 45.0 flying hours (the legal minimum). All 9 ground exams plus the Radio Licence practical exam passed first time. For an all up cost of £16,500 (inc VAT).

Beyond getting the licence, what was my experience like?

As in so many things, it’s the people who make it the rewarding and enjoyable experience it was: James and Ewan.

In James, you have a hands on owner who is around everyday, as well as being an active instructor and CAA examiner who can conduct your final flight test. Ewan was my instructor throughout and, beyond being an experienced skilful pilot, he is more importantly a talented, easy to work with coach. Getting your licence is a shared success and 100% these guys demonstrated they were genuinely interested and committed to getting me through all the exercises, exams, paperwork, and hurdles to land that licence.

JKHT demonstrated all the benefits you can imagine come from being a small flight training outfit, focused on PPLs, open 7 days a week, and led by a 10,000 hour veteran. The office acts like a ‘club room’ with experienced and student pilots, all of them friendly, willing to have a chat, share stories, and help make the place a fun place to turn up to.

My objective was based on having had some previous flight training experience – both fixed wing and helicopter – albeit over 10 years ago. If you’ve not flown before, you might like to think about a few significant variables: (i) the benefit of training at a towered airfield, and a south west location, like Gloucester (which is also the country’s biggest general aviation field); (ii) availability of probably the most popular training helicopters – the Robinson R22 and R44 types; (iii) money and time permitting, giving yourself a reasonably short period in which to target completion of the course.

Richard Harborne – 1 October 2020

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Helicopter Pilot PPH qualifies at James Kenwright Flying School

Another Helicopter Pilot PPH qualifies at James Kenwright Flying School – Matt Hindle

Another Helicopter Pilot PPH qualifies at James Kenwright Flying School - Matt Hindle

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First solo helicopter flight

The first solo helicopter flight at James Kenwright Flying School by William Ellen

The first solo helicopter flight at James Kenwright Flying School by William Ellen

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First helicopter solo flight

The first helicopter solo flight at James Kenwright Flying School by Andew Hawes

The first helicopter solo flight at James Kenwright Flying School by Andew Hawes

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Helicopter pilot passes her PPLH test

Another helicopter pilot has passed her PPLH test with the James Kenwright training school.

Another helicopter pilot has passed her PPLH test with the James Kenwright training school.

After passing her PPLH – Holly Griffiths volunteered the following unedited review of her progress:

“JK Helicopter Training is one of the best places to do your PPL (H). I did a lot of research before choosing a school and I can say I am very happy with my choice.

I came to James Kenwright (the owner and lead instructor) with a proposition: to get me my PPL (H) in 3 weeks. Which is pretty unusual. He said we can definitely try.

My main instructor was Ewan. He is a great teacher with a very calm and positive attitude to teaching. Ewan worked tirelessly all week and all weekend, juggling his other students and myself. I would fly 3 + hours a day and study for the ground exams in between. I also had Leigh for one day to give Ewan a break and he was also an excellent instructor.

The school help you book everything: medical and RT exam. James also meticulously compiles all your paperwork for your PPL(H) to be sent off to the CAA, ensuring everything is documented correctly. So they will help you with all of the admin necessary to complete your PPL (H).

The atmosphere at the school is great. Old students frequently come in to hire helicopters and ask how you are doing and give you hints and tips. You are also able to mix with other new students so you can have the inevitable conversation of ‘hovering is hard isn’t it?’. I would describe this more as a club rather than a school, of nice, like minded people. And once you go solo, you get presented the coveted red jacket and become part of the club.

All in all, I completed my PPL (H) in 3 weeks and 1 weekend (unfortunately due to weather). So that was approximately 19 days of flying and 53 flying hours. I cannot recommend this school enough for doing a PPL (H). James also gives you the best rates he can, unlike any of the bigger schools which may say ‘You can complete your PPL (H) for ~£17,000 ‘ but that is based on 45 hours and that is only achieved by perhaps 1% of students who are very young or who have, of course flown before. So when you are budgeting I would allow for at least 60 hours and if you are under that then great.”

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Trainee helicopter pilot passes flying test PPLH

Another trainee helicopter pilot has passed his flying test PPLH at the South West’s leading helicopter training flying school.

Another trainee helicopter pilot has passed his flying test PPLH at the South West's leading training flying school.

James Dobbin is delighted to have passed his PPL(H) Private Pilots Licence (Helicopter) with the James Kenwright Helicopter Flight Training- the South West’s leading helicopter pilot training flying school.

The James Kenwright Helicopter flying school is one of the leading helicopter training centres in the UK.

We will show you how to learn to fly a helicopter- we are CAA accredited with excellent helicopter training courses for private pilots, flight training, and night rating training.

Based at Staverton Gloucestershire Airport we have over 28 years expertise in helping pilots to pass their PPL(H), Type Rating, Night Rating, CPL(H) and have many happy people who can recommend us as “highly skilled, quality helicopter training instructors“.

Helicopter pilot’s licence PPL(H) training instructor and helicopter gift pleasure flights from Staverton, Gloucestershire airport. He also trains helicopter pilots from Avon, Bath, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Hereford, Oxon and Worcs.

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Helicopter Pilot passes his PPLH

Another trainee helicopter pilot passes his PPL(H) with James Kenwright Flying school.

Another trainee helicopter pilot passes his PPL(H) with James Kenwright Flying school.

As you can see from the photograph Peter Wood is delighted to have passed his PPL(H) Private Pilots Licence (Helicopter) with the James Kenwright Helicopter Flight Training.

The James Kenwright Helicopter flying school is one of the leading helicopter training centres in the UK.

We will show you how to learn to fly a helicopter- we are CAA accredited with excellent helicopter training courses for private pilots, flight training, and night rating training.

Based at Staverton Gloucestershire Airport we have over 28 years expertise in helping pilots to pass their PPL(H), Type Rating, Night Rating, CPL(H) and have many happy people who can recommend us as “highly skilled, quality helicopter training instructors“.

Helicopter pilot’s licence PPL(H) training instructor and helicopter gift pleasure flights from Staverton, Gloucestershire airport. He also trains helicopter pilots from Avon, Bath, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Hereford, Oxon and Worcs.

Do these credentials inspire confidence in his ability to help you qualify for a helicopter licence? If so please ring him now on 07900 680859 or please click on the learn more button. Either way he’ll happy to answer any questions which you might have.

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Another Helicopter Pilot completes his Flight Training

Another Helicopter Pilot completes his Flight Training with the James Kenwright Flying School.

Another Helicopter Pilot completes his Flight Training with the James Kenwright Flying School.

As you can see from the photograph Captain Owain is delighted to have passed his PPL(H) Private Pilots Licence (Helicopter) with James Kenwright on hand to congratulate yet another successful student.

The James Kenwright Helicopter flying school is one of the leading helicopter training centres in the UK.

We will show you how to learn to fly a helicopter- we are CAA accredited with excellent helicopter training courses for private pilots, flight training, and night rating training.

Based at Staverton Gloucestershire Airport we have over 28 years expertise in helping pilots to pass their PPL(H), Type Rating, Night Rating, CPL(H) and have many happy people who can recommend us as “highly skilled, quality helicopter training instructors“.

Helicopter pilot’s licence PPL(H) training instructor and helicopter gift pleasure flights from Staverton, Gloucestershire airport. He also trains helicopter pilots from Avon, Bath, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Hereford, Oxon and Worcs.

Do these credentials inspire confidence in his ability to help you qualify for a helicopter licence? If so please ring him now on 07900 680859 or please click on the learn more button. Either way he’ll happy to answer any questions which you might have.

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