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Hummingbird Helicopters is owned by an ex-North Sea and Air Ambulance pilot with nearly 20 years commercial flying and training experience worldwide. Our instructors are some of the best in the UK and we are proud to say that we maintain a 100% safety record.

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!

Mike Hall is one of our trainee helicopter pilots who has always had an ambition for the skies. Hear from him why he chose Hummingbird Helicopters to support him in his helicopter pilot training by clicking the video below!

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 sites set on becoming a commercial helicopter pilot. Hear why Mark chose to fly with us.

  •   I booked the Vulcan Aerial Experience offered by Hummingbird for my son who is a keen photographer and aviation enthusiast. We were given a very warm welcome upon arrival and offered hot drinks and biscuits. Following a comprehensive safety briefing my son went out for...More

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      I booked a trial lesson for my husband's Christmas present( he has a fear of flying) I'm so glad I did because I think he may of been cured !! The whole experience was fantastic , he loved it and is considering going back again...More

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  •   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 bad weather Mat and his wife spent time with my husband and son showing them...More

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      My wife got be a 30 min trial flying lesson from here for my 50th (as it was on my bucket list). It was amazing. My instructor was Andy, a great bloke, very friendly and puts you at ease. You get a certificate of achievement...More

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  •   I have been learning to fly with Hummingbird for over two years now, and now have achieved my Private Pilot License, Matt and the team have been there throughout the whole process. Available to answer any questions and accommodating 7 days a week! It is...More

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      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 a short but very informative talk though to start, then we had our flight, Matt...More

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  •   I bought a flight experience for my Dad's 90th birthday. It was well worth the price for the smile on his face when he landed. He is not too steady on his feet but Matt was more than patient and caring. I would heartily recommend...More

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      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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  •   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 certainly get a different perspective from 1000 ft. Really enjoyable and I would really recommend...More

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      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 very helpful and professional. We had booked in but with the weather it was cancelled twice...More

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  •   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 . Matt was easy going and made me feel at ease from the moment we...More

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      I booked a 20 minutes trial lesson with this company for my boyfriend birthday's present. I have to say it was a lifetime experience and I was not even in the helicopter ha ha ha! Absolutely loved it! The place was easy to find! We...More

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“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.” – Captain Matthew M. Rake

Capt. Matthew Rake
Director | EASA ATPL(H) | FAA ATPL(H) | FI(H) | FE(H) | R22 | R44 | H269 | EC135 | AS355 | B412 | S92A

Capt. Matt Rake is an experienced pilot with over 4000 helicopter flying hrs. He has Airline Transport Pilots Licences (the highest grade of flying licence) from both the USA and Europe.

Matt is an Instructor,  Flight Examiner, Ground Examiner and is type rated on 7 aircraft types, from complex ‘heavy’ types such as the Sikorsky S92 to the smaller Bell 412EP ‘Hughie’, R22 and 44. 

His goal is to pass on his knowledge and provide safe, consistent, customer-focused training in a relaxed environment.

Alasdair Hutt
Flight Instructor | CPL(H)| FI(H) | R22 | R44 | Bell 206

Alasdair first flew solo when he was 16, enjoying the novelty of being able to captain a helicopter before being allowed to take his driving test.

After several years of private flying exploring Britain, plus a break in-between to attend university, he gained a Commercial Pilots Licence and is also a Certified Flight Instructor.

Alasdair has flown in a wide variety of environments – from remote areas of Scotland to the congested heli-lanes above Central London.

Helen Spedding

Helen is a Director of Hummingbird and is Compliance Monitoring Manager for both Hummingbird Helicopters Ltd and Hummingbird UAV.

Helen’s background is film and television and she was Production Manager on the BAFTA award-winning ‘Hillsborough’ documentary. She provides admin and accounts support to the Hummingbird team.

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Callum Tinnion
EASA CPL(H) | FAA CPL(H) | FI(H) | R22 | R44 | Cabri G2

Callum has had a passion for aviation and all things skyward for as long as he can remember. He took this passion to university where he graduated from his degree in Aviation Technology with Pilot Studies with First Class Honours.

After University, Callum began pursuing his dream of becoming a pilot through his PPL training and in 2015, was awarded a professional flight training sponsorship which accelerated his progress towards becoming a commercial pilot.

After completing his professional flight training, Callum began instructing in he U.K. He then moved out to Florida in the United States to take up the position of flight school Base Manager where he setup and managed the entire satellite flight school operations.

Callum now holds both EASA and FAA CPL and Flight Instructor qualifications as he joins our team where he will continue developing his own experience as well impart some of what he has learned along the way, to the Hummingbird team.

Michael Hall
Operations Manager

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 joined us as our Operations Manager in 2019 and shortly after, gained his PPL (H) on the R22. Now studying for his ATPL (H) exams, he can be found either in the office or outside on the apron, with a cup of tea in hand. Always happy to help, he’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.