British aerospace firm Cobham has launched a new Helicopter Academy to provide training services to new customers worldwide.
On offer is comprehensive ab initio pilot training, to the specialist skills required for search and rescue missions, tactical operations and commercial operations.
Cobham already provides helicopter training to government agencies, military, emergency services, coastguard, manufacturers, and oil, gas and wind farm operators.
Duncan Milne, vice president, Cobham Helicopter Services, said, “Cobham has been providing ab initio training, specialist flight training and engineer and support training to helicopter pilots, crew and engineers since 1997.
“Our instructors are among the best in the world. They are all British ex-military, with considerable operational experience gained from the same demanding conditions that students may one day find themselves operating in.
“So whether they’re effecting a rescue in an urban conflict zone, or delivering essential maintenance equipment and crew to a remote wind turbine site, our training makes sure they have the outstanding airmanship, captaincy, judgement and risk analysis they need to get the job done,professionally and safely,” said Milne.
Cobham is approved by both the UK RAF Central Flying School (Helicopters) and EASA. It has been training helicopter pilots and rear crew at the UK’s Defence Helicopter Flying School for more than 20 years, including the provision of intensive aviation language training for international students. Now, for the first time, Cobham’s niche expertise is being made available to a broader spectrum of potential customers around the world.
As an EASA approved engineering training organisation, Cobham also provides training for aircraft engineers and technical support staff to the highest standards, using modern teaching and training methods. This includes ab initio, type and on-the-job training, including helicopter familiarisation, Part 147 type A and B, for AS350, AS365, A109, AW139, Bell212 and Bell412.