“Try to keep your hands stilf,” said my Instructor. “Moving them about makes me nervous.” At sixty- two years of age I was in the cockpit of a Robinson-22 helicopter for the first time, enjoying the pleasures, and disciplines, of a trial lesson. Afterwards, asked what it was like, I’d said, “Intense, beautiful, amazing, challenging.” Two months later, having just flown my first solos, I’m not inclined to change my mind about that first impression. Some bits have been ecstatic. Some days I thought of giving up. Too difficult. Pretension and vanity at my time of life to even think that 1 might be able to fly a helicopter, let alone actually do it. Yet I have done it. Four days after my initial solo, on a bright, clear, still December day, I had two of the happiest hours of my life flying circuits around Gloucester airfield.
We were introduced to Helicopter Maintenance Ltd two years ago who implemented a viable, professional maintenance program for our Enstrom 280fx, giving us value for money, a high level of quality and outstanding personal service, delivering 100% customer satisfaction every time.
I began my venture to becoming a Commercial Helicopter pilot with a trial lesson with Rise Helicopters. It was a great experience, and with a great instructor it sealed that this is what I wanted to do. I then went on to carry out my PPL with rise spending many hours of lessons, planning and flying. The building is ideal, with a large pilots area for planning and drinking coffee, along with a family area with large sofas, TV for relaxing and an outside viewing area so family and friends can see you arrive and depart! Rise has a friendly yet professional atmosphere and a great maintenance team that are willing to answer any questions; that as a new pilot there are many to ask. There are plenty of well maintained aircraft that are readily available at fairly short notice which was a huge advantage, and also a fuel bowser on site.
My PPL ground school and flying was a pleasure to do with Rise and at a very competitive price. The instruction was great and I felt as such a long time is spent in close confines with the instructor, having a good instructor with good personable skills is key.
All in all, a really enjoyable experience and highly recommended.
I had a trial lesson at Rise Helicopters in July 2007; I enjoyed the flight and experience so much that I decided to learn to fly with them and achieved my PPL (H) in February 2008.
The quality of instruction and the relaxed yet very professional ambience were instrumental in providing a perfect learning environment. The facilities at Rise Helicopters are second to none and the club atmosphere and supporting operational back up ensure flying is easy.
Rise Helicopters have really looked after me over the past 7 years, I started with them and they have taught me to fly for my PPL (H), I have participated in their mountain flying and formation raining days.
Customer Service is exemplary wit nothing too much trouble for the benefit of their customers. I cannot recconmend Rise Helicopters highly enough.