Helicentre Aviation Academy has launched a brand new EASA helicopter Flight Instructor (FI) programme to meet its demand for instructors on the Cabri G2. According to a statement from Helicentre, the Cabri’s success as a training helicopter has been immense. Its selection as the primary platform for students enrolled on Helicentre’s BSc (Hons) degree programme (a joint initiative with Middlesex University) has substantially increased the requirement for standardised FIs within the company.
Head of Training, Captain Sarah Bowen (centre of picture), who has become the first Flight Instructor Course (FIC) instructor in the UK to qualify under EASA, is extremely excited about the programme. “Our goal is to raise standards within the training industry by adding valuable experience to the qualification,” she explained.
“Newly qualified FIs have a steep learning curve ahead of them. Getting through the six-week FI course is just the beginning – what makes a real difference is having the opportunity to develop as an instructor within a structured and well supported training environment.”
The first two students begin training under the new programme next week and have already been offered full time positions as Flight Instructors subject to successful completion of the course and a formal interview. FI courses are also available on a number of other single engine helicopter types. Helicentre Aviation Academy is eager to hear from anyone considering a career as a Flight Instructor due to the ongoing need for motivated and appropriately qualified training staff.
The team will be on hand to offer careers advice in the Learning and Skills Zone at Helitech International on 6-8 October 2015 at London’s ExCeL and at Pilot Careers Live in London Heathrow on 7 November. Existing commercial helicopter pilots and those exploring training options are invited to stop by and talk with Helicentre Aviation’s instructors and staff about career opportunities.