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Based centrally at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, Hummingbird will give you first class, customer focused, bespoke helicopter 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.


Flying a helicopter is quite simply the most exhilarating and rewarding experience you could ever wish to accomplish in your lifetime. The challenge of mastering the most versatile utility vehicle ever designed is one to be truly proud of. Some of the benefits of helicopter pilot training with Hummingbird include:

  • Experienced Instructors
  • International Airport
  • No landing fees
  • No membership fees
  • No small print
  • We are CAA Accredited
  • Fully Insured
  • Free Parking
  • 100% pass rate
  • Free tea, coffee & biscuits!

Mark Holderness was our first student to pass his Skills Test. Since achieving his PPL (H) Mark has gained his R44 type rating and now has his sights set on becoming a commercial helicopter pilot. Hear why Mark chose to fly with us.

  • star rating  Want a great experience with knowledgeable, friendly pilot? Then book up for your experience. We booked a lesson for our son and even when the flight was cancelled due to... read more

    Barbara S
    February 1, 2017

    star rating  I was given a gift of a 15 minute flight experience - and what a fabulous gift it was. Only a short flight, but then it was just for... read more

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    August 1, 2019
  • star rating  Want a great experience with knowledgeable, friendly pilot? Then book up for your experience. We booked a lesson for our son and even when the flight was cancelled due to... read more

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    December 1, 2017

    star rating  My son bought me a trial lesson with Matt t Hummingbird and it was exhilarating. Matt was very informative and helpful and welcoming. The whole experience was great and you... read more

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    November 7, 2017
  • star rating  I bought my dad an hour flight experience as a present as it’s been on his bucket list. From initial enquiry to the actual day itself, the staff were... read more

    May 1, 2019

    star rating  Some very good Friends bought me a Helicopter fight for my 50th Birthday, I went on the 8 of July 2017. Matt the pilot was very welcoming, he gave me... read more

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    July 9, 2017
  • star rating  Booked a 30 min flight in the two seater helicopter for my Mum . It was an early 90th birthday gift which we knew she would enjoy . My... read more

    September 1, 2020

    star rating  2 minutes ago NEW Can not recommend hummingbird helicopters enough , our son was 17year old when he started flying lessons with them , they have instructed and advised him... read more

    June 1, 2022
  • star rating  As a family we all paid for our Mum/Grandma/Great-Grandma to come for a 30min experience as a early present for her upcoming 90th birthday. Unfortunately due to the new Government... read more

    September 1, 2020

    star rating  I had a 1 hour trial lesson with Matt. The helicopter is small and very agile. I got to fly it myself for quite a while. Highly recommended!

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    July 7, 2017
  • star rating  I booked this as a birthday surprise for my husband. From my very first contact with Mike I was impressed. My enquiry email was answered within minutes & approximately 5... read more

    May 1, 2022

    star rating  I've had a trial lesson with Matt for my birthday and it was an absolutely pleasure. I was able to take control during the flight and would highly recommend it... read more

    Francis K
    November 5, 2017

“Our instructors are highly experienced Commercial Helicopter Pilots with a combined total of 6000 flying hours. We provide all your training needs in-house so there’s no need to worry about anything. We look forward to passing on everything we know to you, in an informal but safety driven atmosphere.”

Capt. Michael Hall
Director | CPL (H), FI(H), R22, R44

Michael has always known at some point he’d become a pilot. After gaining his Bachelors & Masters degrees, he became acutely aware that the desk life was not for him. Finally, he made the career change back in late 2017, enrolling as a PPL (H) student here at Hummingbird Helicopters.

Michael then joined the team initially as our Operations Manager in 2019 and shortly after, gained his PPL (H) on the R22. He then went onto get his R44 Type Rating and pass both his CPL (H) and FI (H) here at Hummingbird. Now as a qualified Flight Instructor, Michael enjoys putting all his experience and everything he’s learnt along the way into the next generation of pilots coming through.

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Capt. Simon Wiles
Director & Head of Training
R22, R44, H269, Cabri G2, B206, AS355, EC145.

Capt. Simon Wiles is an experienced pilot with over 4000 flying hours.
With extensive experience within the training sector as a flight instructor and an examiner for the CAA being able to examine for the PPL(H), type ratings and for the CPL(H) Skill Tests.

Simon’s flying experience also involves pleasure flying, charter and significant utility flying for such customers as National Grid, TOTAL and CLH on aerial pipeline inspection.

As an experienced instructor and one of the few helicopter pilot’s in the UK qualified to deliver the Flight Instructor’s Course Simon believes that students should fully understand what to expect in a flight lesson. What they should be able to achieve by the end of the exercise, how it links to what they have completed previously and how it will help them with future exercises. By taking this approach students have a better understanding of what they are doing and why. Simon and Hummingbird’s approach is to deliver a high standard of instruction and to mould students into safe, confident and capable pilots.