Vive La France

Vive la Poésie  – by Anne Marie G

My first time to Le Touquet with this motley crew
Hitched a ride out to France, cos I am new
Started off with a briefing from Captain Joe
He told us all we needed to know.

      We checked all our rides were ready to fly
And six helicopters took to the sky
Left Redhill in sunshine, that was some luck,
‘Cos the rest of the week it rained like **ck.

We flew out of Surrey and aimed for the coast
I was in PGGY, she’s faster than most
Even when flown by Captain Nic
He’s not that fast but his flying’s quite slick.

We took in the views on every side
Cameras out, enjoying the ride
Not much else to do when you’re in the back,
But heckle and make the odd wisecrack.

We got to the Channel and over to France
Cruising high in the air as we crossed La Manche
After not very long we made it to land
Turned south and cruised down over the sand

Heard traffic control and a German plane
Failing with English again and again
He finally landed and got to the gate
I’m guessing they must’ve used Google translate.

We set down in France and pedalled to lunch
Ken trying to control the unruly bunch
Arrived in one piece and sat down to dine
A portion of fish, a bottle of wine.
(Actually, no wine, we’re pilots!)

Onwards to ice cream down by the sea
can’t believe nobody bought one for me!
A walk back through town, it’s a lovely place
A slow pedal back, it wasn’t a race.

Then the return leg and my turn in charge
To take to the skies high above La Plage
I checked little NDIA, she was all right
Whistled for Tim and then we took flight.

We flew up the coast and turned left for Kent
Remembered to ditch the bad French accent
Cruised over the sea at 3,000ft
It’s an awesome view from the pilot’s seat.

We waved to LYZA as we flew on back
She’s easy to spot, she’s a Union Jack
I don’t think she saw us, she was going so fast
No way she was getting home last.

We all got home safely, sometime around four,
from a trip that left us all wanting some more
Good times and good friends on a flying sortie
Well, they do say that life begins at forty!

2017 Season at an end…

As another season comes to an end we must welcome all our new students who have taken up flying and increased our Instructors log book entries. As the days are drawing shorter and getting colder remember we are still open for business, as our Brucie would have said “Keep Flying”.

G-ETWO will be returning to the Cotswolds at the end of September but we still have plenty to offer on the training front: G-LYZA, G-ERRY, G-NDIA, G-PAMY,G-PGGY and G-SWNS are all awaiting your attendance!

On the Charter front, amongst the celebrities this summer we transferred Lewis Hamilton to Silverstone for the Grand Prix –he won –could it be the smooth flight from our pilot helped the smooth drive to victory? Unfortunately our wonderful EC130 G-WCKD has now moved on and is taking up residence in Switzerland. If anyone knows of another EC130 please let Ken know!!

Both our EC120s G-DLUX and G-OTFL are still working hard as some of the few single engine helicopters still able to land at London Battersea  Heliport commercially.
The summer ended with a deflated drizzle and the planned barbeque for the 1st of October to end things with a bang was cancelled (rain, rain and more rain!). Having survived Hurricane Ophelia and Storm Brian our next social event is the Firework display! – 11/11/2017 at 18:00.

The EC120 Type Rating

Congratulations to Tim Piper for completing his Eurocopter EC120 type rating! He will now be flying our EC120 helicopters for our commercial charters as well as instructing on the Robinson R22, R44 and Cabri G2!

Once you’ve completed your ppl(h) or cpl(h) you too may consider getting a type rating on a larger helicopter…

EC120 Type Rating By Cap’n Tim Piper

The Eurocopter EC120 is a great pilot’s machine, as long as the checklist is followed the start can be very uneventful although exciting as you hear the Arrius 2F turbine engine start to come to life. Under instruction of Ken I lifted it into the hover using a lot of right pedal due to the fenestron tail rotor being less efficient than a conventional tail rotor system in the hover, this could take a little bit of getting used to unless you have previous experience with the Cabri G2 helicopter. Transitioning into forward flight I started to relax into the aircraft and was feeling at home. Climbs, descents, and turns are all relatively simple compared to the smaller piston aircrafts even the autorotation’s are no way near as fraught with the dangers of over speeding the rotor system or running out of inertia when you have finished the flare. The whole experience was very enjoyable even the test at the end.

Airfield detail was the most enjoyable part with some real challenges, Tail rotor failure, hydraulic failure, engine failure in the hover and from circuit height, you would have thought we were having a bad day but as they were all simulated it was all ok. Overall the aircraft has a very unrushed feel to it allowing the pilot to fly the aircraft even if an emergency has occurred. Best part, it’s a great big toy with a jet engine in it, every man’s inner child’s dream!

During the Type Rating course along with lots of flying (minimum flight time is 3 hours + test) I had ground school with my instructor Ken and completed self-study of the flight manual and emergency procedures in depth.

Redhill Aerodrome – Training Areas

If you have a chance to have a go in one I would grab it by with both hands!

Fantastic Start to the Flying Season!

We had a great turn out to the Start of Season BBQ at Hangar One this past weekend. The weather was perfect and the EBG Pilots brought lots of very satisfied smiles.

The day started out with Instructors Joe and Ken doing some lessons in the Robinson R44 and R22 with some of our regular students and Dave (also an Instructor and Commercial Pilot) taking an R44 out over London for a photography shoot. Dave removed one of the doors on the R44 for his charter flight, and fitted the customer with a harness so he had maximum movement whilst remaining safely in the aircraft, and Joe with it being so warm also decided to remove the doors on the R22 (see below!)

One O’Clock soon came around and the Barbeque began in earnest Linda and Nick (mostly Linda)  did an amazing job with the food salad, pasta, chicken wings, burgers & baps, sausages and rolls plus lots of sweet treats too. The afternoon consisted of lazing in the sun, catching up with other EBG Club members, their friends and family and lots and lots of EC120 taster flights!

2017 Flying Season Starting Soon!

All Club Members are invited to the Start of Season BBQ at Hangar One, where more information on the Club Outings will be available. This year we’re planning to host the BBQ on the 9th of April.

More Upcoming Club Events – NOT TO BE MISSED


5th May Go-Karting at Lydd
2nd June Heli Expo at the new location of Wycombe Air Park
16th June Pub Trip – to be advised
21st July  Le Touquet France

Remember to book this trip early as it’s very popular!

21st September  Museum Trip – to be advised

Gavin’s First Solo in the G2

Congratulations to Gavin who has completed his first solo in the Guimal Cabri G2 – aka G-ETWO.

Gavin has been training with Joe in an effort to achieve his PPL(H).

For your first step to a Private Pilot Helicopter Licence check out our  introductory courses and trial lessons, the sky really is the limit!

For more information please give us a call or pop by for a visit! EBG helicopters, Hanagr 1, Redhill Aerodrome, Surrey, RH1 5JY – 01737 823 282.

And follow us on instagram @ebghelicopters

Paul.R Completed his First Solo!

Congratulations to Paul who has completed his first solo in the Robinson R44 G-PGGY.

Paul has been training with Ken in our Robinson R44s as he works towards gaining his Private Pilot Helicopter Licence.

If you would like to start your journey to a PPL(H) why not try one of our introductory courses or trial lessons?

For more information please give us a call or pop by for a visit! EBG helicopters, Hanagr 1, Redhill Aerodrome, Surrey, RH1 5JY – 01737 823 282.

Congratulations on your First Solo Flight!


Congratulations to Anne-Marie! Despite a very gloomy and grey sky on Thursday Anne-Marie has completed her first solo in the Robinson R22 G-NDIA.

It has taken her just over 3 months in order to get to the required level, our chief instructor was very impressed with her flying skills when he took her on the pre-solo assessment flight.

Anne-Marie then carried out a number of takeoffs and landings before being sent into the circuit, she flew 3 circuits before landing back into the southern hover square to pick up the instructor.

Anne-Marie now has around 25 hours of flying under her belt in the Robinson R22 Helicopter, in the pursuit of gaining her Private Pilot Helicopter Licence.

If you would like to start your journey to a PPL(H) why not try one of our introductory courses or trial lessons?

For more information please gives us a call or pop by for a visit! EBG helicopters, Hanagr 1, Redhill Aerodrome, Surrey, RH1 5JY – 01737 823 282.

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Black Friday Pre-Christmas Offer!!

You wont want to miss this fantastic Deal! In the spirit of Black Friday from the first of December 2016 EBG Helicopters will be offering Training and Self Fly Hire in the Guimbal Cabri G2 Helicopter at the same rate as the Robinson R22 for Six Months Only.
To take advantage of the fabulous opportunity call us on 01737 823 282 to book your flight now!
Offer open to both New and Current students as well as New and Current Self Fly Hirers. The Cabri G2 is also available for Type Ratings and other types of training at this reduced rate. If you have any questions please give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to talk to you!

G2 Deal

2016 Pilot Achievements (CPL(H) & PPL(H)

A number of our students have achieved steps in gaining their Private Pilot Licence, to them and the CPL(H) holders that have jumped additional hurdles for their chosen career we say CONGRATULATIONS!

daniel-greeningDaniel G, a Commercial Helicopter Pilot from a land down under, who got fed up with constantly flying upside down, decided to embark on his EASA Commercial Helicopter Licence here at EBG Helicopters, With Daniel’s existing experience we were able to allow him to take a reduced course in the Robinson R22 Helicopter before taking his skills test with a CAA examiner.     

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