Hangar 3, Doncaster Sheffield Airport, DN9 3GE

become a pilot

Become a Pilot Today!

Obtaining a flying licence is no longer reserved for the rich and famous.

Flying a helicopter is quite simply the most exhilarating and rewarding experience you could ever wish to accomplish. The challenge of mastering the most versatile utility vehicle ever designed is one to be truly proud of. At Hummingbird, we offer a range of pilot training programmes to suit your budget and ultimate goal – which is, of course, to FLY!

Challenge Yourself

The first step in achieving your goal of gaining a Private Pilot’s Licence or a Light Aircraft’s Pilot Licence is to give us a ring or pop in for a chat. We will discuss everything with you – from the course syllabus to the final flight test. And of course, we can show you around our Robinson R22 Beta II and R44 Raven II.

We will answer any questions you may have – and you will have many!

Choose A Course That Suits You

The flying courses have a clear structure with 30 flying exercises to learn, practice and perfect. You will need to complete at least 40 hours of flying instruction for an LAPL(H) and 45 hrs for the PPL(H), plus 9 multiple choice written exams and an oral radio test. A huge advantage of learning to fly at an international commercial airport is the real world experience of communicating professionally with Air Traffic Control from day one…. and they are a very helpful & friendly bunch here!

You can choose to complete your licence in a time-frame to suit you. You could do it full-time over just a few weeks or space the training out over several years. There is no pressure – just whatever suits you!

Intro Course

For many people, the PPL is a large investment in both time and money. Many of our students have been out of education for a few years and are nervous about entering into something that requires some study. How do you know if it’s for you? 

With all this in mind, Hummingbird has created the Intro Course. This course is made up of five hours of flight training associated lesson briefs and is charged at the cheapest Gold rate. The flight time all counts towards the 45 hour requirement for the PPL(H). We also give you a Logbook and the R22 or R44 Pilot Flight Guide.

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Getting Started

We 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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NIGHT RATING

Our night rating course is designed to give you the confidence to operate at night in VMC. Its a great way to build your flying skills and make you an all-round more proficient pilot.

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PPL(H)

The Private Pilot Licence for Helicopters – PPL(H) entitles you to fly a helicopter for your personal use. Flight training at Hummingbird can be conducted in the Robinson R22 or R44. The first step is to book a Trial Lesson. If you choose to pursue your licence, this lesson will count towards the 45 hour PPL requirement.

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TYPE RATINGS

Once you have passed your PPL, you may want to add different aircraft types to your licence. Hummingbird offer type ratings in both the R22 and the R44.

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Private Pilot’s Licence

The Private Pilot’s Licence has a clear structure with 30 flying exercises to learn, practice and perfect. You will need to complete a minimum of 45 hours for the PPL(H), plus 9 multiple choice written exams, a skills test and an oral radio test.

A huge advantage of training at an international airport (as opposed to a ‘grass strip’ airfield) is the interaction with Air Traffic Control that you will experience right from the start…and they are a very helpful and friendly bunch here!

What is the PPL(H)?

PPL stands for ‘Private Pilots Licence’ – the (H) being Helicopter. The PPL(H) is simply a licence to fly any helicopter of any size and with any number of passengers. If you wish to fly another type of helicopter than the one you learnt in, you would have to take a short course to obtain a type-rating for that particular aircraft, and yes we can also do this at Hummingbird.

To gain the PPL(H), you will complete a minimum of 45 hours flight instruction. At least 25 hours will be dual instruction. During the course, you will learn, practice and perfect 30 flying exercises.

If you would like more information on becoming a pilot, you can request a callback. One of us here at Hummingbird will get back to you straight away. 

What you need to do

You will complete a minimum of 45 hours flight instruction. At least 25 hours will be dual instruction. You will need to complete 10 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least 5 hours of solo cross-country navigation. One of these solo cross-country flights must be 100 nautical miles or more.

During the course, you will learn, practice and perfect 30 flying exercises. You will complete 9 multiple choice written tests (which have a pass mark of 75%) and an oral radio exam. Lastly, you will take your flying Skills Test which we can do in-house. 

The medical requirement for the PPL(H) is a Class 2 medical which will be issued by an AME (Aviation Medical Examiner). We will put you in touch with an AME. Click below for more Frequently Asked Questions.

What happens when I’m done?

When you have completed your PPL(H) on the two-seater R22, you may wish to upgrade to the larger R44. This is a 4 seater aircraft which gives you the flexibility to take three passengers and requires a short course to add the type to your private pilots licence. 

Ready to live the dream? The sky’s the limit! To find out more about the PPL(H) contact us here!

See our competitive Price List below and don’t forget – no membership fees, no landing fees…NO HIDDEN COSTS! 

Our Training Packages

WE OFFER YOU THREE TRAINING PAYMENT SCHEMES
Bronze Scheme
Pay-as-you-Fly
Pay for what you fly at the end of each lesson
Flexible
Can upgrade to Silver Scheme
Popular
Silver Scheme
10hr Bulk Buy
10 hours Flight Training
10% off Ground School
10% off Written Exams
Gold Scheme
Pay Upfront
45 hours Flight Training
25% off Ground School
25% off Written Exams

Trial Lessons & Introductory Flights

EACH FLIGHT EXPERIENCE IS ONE-TO-ONE WITH A HIGHLY QUALIFIED INSTRUCTOR.

You can choose a Trial Lesson where you can have a go on the dual controls or an Introductory Flight where you can simply enjoy the experience and the fantastic views!

All our Trial Lessons include a one-to-one pre-flight briefing in our Training Room, where your Pilot will introduce you to the basic principles of helicopter flight and answer any questions that you may have.

If its a special occasion why not add a bottle of bubbly and after the flight you can celebrate in style!