27-Sep-2017 Source: Helicentre Aviation
This landmark-hour was flown by a PPL(H) student, Ben from London, who was sent on a solo flight by instructor, Jop Dingemans. Ben was surprised to learn of his achievement upon returning from his flight, which gave him a place in our record books.
Although we began offering training in Cabri G2s in 2013, we actually took delivery of our very first owned, factory-new Cabri G2 in October 2014. These 10,000 hours make up all the flying time spent since we began operating the type, which is has quickly become the leading next generation two-seater training helicopter.
Since buying our first Cabri G2, our fleet has expanded and we now own and operate six: five at our base at Leicester Airport and one in the Sunshine State of Florida at our Winter Haven base, located half way between Tampa and Orlando. Our Florida base provides students with a fantastic opportunity to build hours, or even learn from scratch, in the fabulous year-round sunshine.
In the last three years alone, we’ve trained over 100 private and professional pilots for their PPL(H), CPL(H), Type Rating and Flight Instructor courses in Cabri G2s. Over the past couple of years, the Cabri G2 has become ever-more popular with students and, as a result, the number of hours we have flown has increased exponentially.
We’re so thankful and appreciative for all the support we’ve received over the years from staff at the factory of French manufacturers, Hélicoptères Guimbal.
We’d like to thank every single student who has flown with and/or trained with us in one of our Cabri G2s over the last four years; here’s to the next 10,000 hours!