A purchase of three additional Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopters will expand Helicentre’s growing Cabri fleet to ten by early 2016 and make them the world’s largest single operator of Cabri G2 helicopters.
The order for almost €1m Euro was placed during Heli UK Expo at Sywell earlier this month where Helicentre Aviation and Cotswold Helicopter Centre were exhibiting.
Helicentre Aviation Academy predominately use the Cabri G2 for professional pilot training with each aircraft flying consistently in excess of 120 hours per month. Between their training, utility and charter operations the company is expected to fly over 9,000 hours this year from their base at Leicester Airport.
The new Cabri helicopters will also be available to student pilots training on the Professional Aviation Pilot Practice BSc (Hons)
degree programme, a jointly validated programme with Middlesex University which has been developed by Helicentre Aviation
and the Aviation Skills Partnership. Subject to final degree validation the first students will soon start enrolling on this programme which will be an essential step forward in meeting the industry’s demands for new helicopter pilots as the shortage is set to worsen in the coming years and more pilots will be need to be trained. Government funding in the form of student loans and grants will be available to assist student pilots with training costs, which has previously been the biggest limiting factor in potential new student pilots undergoing training.
A team from Helicentre Aviation will be attending the Professional Flight Training Exhibition at the Royal Armouries, Leeds, on 12 July. Visit their stand at the Exhibition to find out more – book your tickets by clicking the button below.