11-Jun-2015 Source: Helicenter Aviation
Helicentre Aviation Academy has confirmed a 60m2 stand in the Learning and Skills Zone at Helitech International this October at London’s ExCel, offering visitors the opportunity to explore the academy’s groundbreaking BSc (Hons) Professional Aviation Pilot Practice (Helicopter) Degree programme. The sought after three year undergraduate course is set to become the new benchmark in professional pilot training for the rotary industry. The stand will incorporate one of Helicentre Aviation’s Cabri G2 helicopters, the flagship training platform selected as the primary trainer for students enrolled on the degree programme.
The joint initiative with Middlesex University, was developed in conjunction with the Aviation Skills Partnership (ASP). It is the only programme of its kind to allow trainee commercial pilots and flight instructors to obtain an Honours Degree whilst they complete their modular PPL(H), ATPL(H) theory, CPL(H) and FI(H) courses at Helicentre Aviation’s Midlands-based training facility. Potential applicants visiting Helitech will have the opportunity to undergo pilot selection as they compete for a place on the programme. Students accepted onto the programme can gain access to student finance, as well as training scholarships funded entirely by Helicentre Aviation. 2016 will be the fourth year in a row the company has invested in motivated pilots who demonstrate outstanding application and enthusiasm during a selection process. So far nine student pilots have been awarded scholarships with another five winners to be announced in the next few months.
Head of Training Captain Sarah Bowen spoke of her excitement to be a part of Helitech International and to be exhibiting with a Cabri G2 for the second time. “We will be absolutely delighted to offer Helitech visitors the opportunity to see the Cabri G2 up close. It has become an integral part of our training academy, exceeding our expectations and allowing hundreds of pilots to train in a comfortable and state-of-the-art learning environment”. Since 2013 the company has flown more than 4,000 hours across their modern Cabri G2 fleet, which will have grown to almost double its current size by early 2017 as orders of four additional airframes currently in production with Hélicoptères Guimbal are fulfilled.
Helicentre Aviation has been training and supplying professional pilots to the helicopter industry for over 15 years, and with the Learning and Skills Zone focusing on promoting rotorcraft careers it will create the perfect environment for future helicopter pilots to talk to Helicentre Aviation’s team about career prospects, as well as providing a platform for operators, OEMs, foreign markets and governments to discuss their training requirements.