19th Ave New York, NY 95822, USA

Welcome to Hummingbird Helicopters

The Home of Professional Pilot Training and Exhilarating Flying Experiences

About Us

Do you want to be trained by commercial helicopter pilots with real-world commercial experience?

Based centrally at Humberside International Airport, Hummingbird will give you first class, customer focused, bespoke pilot training and exhilarating flight experiences. Through training at an international airport, you will be exposed to the world of commercial aviation, which will give you the skill and confidence to fly at any airport worldwide. We do not charge our customers landing fees, membership fees or any other hidden fees! There is no small print at Hummingbird.

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Flight Training

At Hummingbird Helicopters, we have a fresh approach to helicopter training. 

Our staff work with you from day 1 to understand your goals and will provide completely flexible helicopter flying courses and pricing schemes. We know that everyone is different and has different goals and time-scales.

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Obtain your Private Pilot Licence at Hummingbird. We offer a range of training programmes to suit your own budget and timescale. To find out where to start, please click the link below.


The Commercial Pilot Licence (Helicopters) is your ticket to begin working as a helicopter pilot and earning money for the flying that you do. To find out more, click the link below.

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A flight instructor rating is a natural next step after gaining your CPL(H) and is a challenging and rewarding role in flying.
To find out more, click the link below.

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Night Ratings

This add-on for your Private or Commercial Pilot Licence is a truly exciting challenge. Your night rating will greatly improve your flight skills whilst giving you the flexibility to fly after sunset.

Experienced Pilots

Real World Exposure

No Membership Fees

CAA Accredited

Fully Insured

Free Parking


At Hummingbird Helicopters we have a fresh approach to Helicopter Experiences.

Do you know someone who has always wanted to experience flight in the most versatile aircraft ever built? We offer multiple different flight experiences and trial lessons.

Damian Barnes
Damian Barnes
I started with Hummingbird Helicopters in Jan 2023 due to their fantastic reputation and reviews with the intention of completing my PPL (H). Michael and Simon have been fantastic in both the ground teaching and airborne instruction, which allowed me to complete my course in eleven months. If you are thinking of using Hummingbird, I cannot recommend them highly enough, so much so, I'm now doing my hours building with them. Brilliant school!
Jon Duke
Jon Duke
Professional. Safety-focussed and friendly. Excellent customer experience. I came to Hummingbird for a bespoke CPL(H) course to satisfy 'training as required' to qualify me for an R44 Type Rating and a CPL(H) Skill Test recommendation. The team were helpful throughout the process, and provided the training in a considered and professional manner that ensured that I was ready for test. The manner of training provision and the level of clear communication throughout a period of poor weather and my unavailability meant that I could complete the training at minimum cost, while being confident that I was well prepared. Their efforts were borne out when I passed the Skill Test. I will fly with them again.
Dominic Priestley
Dominic Priestley
Learning to fly is a big commitment. Hummingbird Helicopters were able to offer advice and answer all of my questions when first enquiring, early 2022. Their guidance was very fair, even suggesting that I consider all helicopter schools before booking. However they were still the best value! They currently provide PPL, CPL and instructor training, and have Robinson R22s and R44 available, so are ideal for anyone looking to become a student and progress. The instructors are absolutely brilliant - skilled, very knowledgeable and able to constantly develop and improve the student. No minute of flying and no learning opportunity is ever missed or wasted, which, given the cost of flying is invaluable. Being based out of Humberside International Airport, you also get the chance to become familiar with the radio - again squeezing out every bit of value from the training. I cannot recommend Hummingbird Helicopters highly enough to prospective students, or anyone wanting to try an experience flight.
Rob Black
Rob Black
Fantastic experience with a great instructor. Been wanting to try rotary for such a long time and it didn't disappoint. Great location, clear instructions, made to feel welcome at the briefing so 5 star before even in the helicopter. The flight itself was simply awesome - Very Happy Indeed Thanks Mike
Wendy Collins
Wendy Collins
Can not recommend hummingbird helicopters enough , our son was 17year old when he started flying lessons with them , they have instructed and advised him all along the way and he feels confident and totally at ease with all their instructors, special praise for Mike and SImon who have always been very approachable and professional, josh is now over half way through His ppl and loves it . Thanks Wendy ian and josh
carlos tiefenthaler
carlos tiefenthaler
I have just finished three days of training with the boys at Hummingbird. What a brilliant experience! Instructors Simon Wiles and Michael Hall run a tight ship, both consummate professionals, but warm and friendly guys at heart. The instruction is of an exceptionally high standard. The school operates two Robinson 22s, one of which is brand spanking new and is dressed in that sexy metallic grey one usually sees on an Aston Martin. She is an absolute beauty! Doncaster airfield poses a new level of challenge with a higher level of procedures and RT, ideal for those with an eye on the higher qualifications. Not to mention that the 737 which taxied behind still tickles me with delight. The school is housed in two offices, the facilities are modern, convenient and very tidy. The atmosphere at the school is personal, both boys were keen to help with whatever challenges I faced on the day, even if it took some repeating. I must say that I really enjoyed my short visit to Hummingbird and I have no hesitation in recommending this school.
Tony Eaglen
Tony Eaglen
What a fantastic day. My wife and family brought me a R22 discovery day for my birthday, which was a great present. The welcome from Mike and the team was brilliant. Two hours flying and the remainder of the day was classroom training. I wish everyone at Hummingbird Helicopters every success in the future. Definitely recommend.
Sara Waistnidge
Sara Waistnidge
This was a 50th birthday gift and I had an absolutely brilliant time. The initial briefing was straight forward and easy to understand and the instructor was patient, concise, helpful and he made the whole experience a great time. If you are stuck for an unusual gift, this is the one.
david johnston
david johnston
My wife got me a helicopter flight experience with Hummingbird helicopters with Simon the pilot. It had been cancelled twice due to covid. But Mike was very very helpful. Simon was a very experienced pilot and was able to answer all my questions and was able to reassure me off any worries I had. It was the best day out in my life,not kidding It was fantastic and I will be back,hopefully on a monthly basis. Both Simon and Michael are a credit to Hummingbird Helicopters you couldn't meet a nicer more helpful pair of workers. I can't recommend them highly enough...5 Star service all the way..well done guys....