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Heli Ride's Story
Heli Ride's Story all started with a trial lesson Jason had in 2005, then at halfpenny green with Heliflight uk. He got out of the aircraft and decided he wanted to fly for a living.
So, was this the beginning of Heli Ride? No, the next 7 years was a massive struggle to go back into full time education and retrain in a field that was highly competitive and highly structured and regulated - there was a lot to learn, all whilst holding down a full time job. The journey to flying is a long and difficult one, as you will know the PPL is the starting licence for all pilots, then you have to build hours and then complete a commercial course, then the struggle doesn't stop there - you have to find a job.
To get a job in the industry is extremely difficult, mainly because operators want and need pilots with experience and the correct skill and educational level (ratings etc) to be able to put the pilot to work. The commonest route around this skill gap problem is to either become an Instructor, or to go on an Instrument rating course(IR).
The IR is an incredibly difficult course to master, the level of precision and flying skill required is huge, the instructor route is also very challenging, as you need to be able to convey the subject on a one to one basis and ensure that the student is comfortable and motivated to continue to master an incrediblaly difficult skill.
By 2012, Jason had scraped enough money together to get onto an instructor course, having been unable to find a starting job in four years. Once qualified this lead to trying to find a start in instruction work. Again, having waited another nine months he finally got a start at AA Helicopters in halfpenny green, a new start up school.
The work at the beginning was unpaid and infrequent at best, it wasn't until 2016 that Jason was able to leave any other employement to become a full time instructor.
Heli Ride, for a long time was just a booking service to find students and trial lesson pilots, having been in the new school environment for a few years and having gained experience, the logical next step was to start his own school. Heli Ride Coventry is the result of that journey.
The experiences of Jason over the years have certainly shaped the misson statment at Heli Ride, he is passionate about getting young people into flying and supporting them through their flight training with good advice, honest and transparent pricing and managing expectations. He also has a good understanding of the schools that the these graduates head off to after completeing their ppl and hour building and has very strong views on whom the students should be continuing their training with.
The other passion to come from this journey is people engagement, people are the reason for helicopter, and ensuring that we continue to fly and support our airfields which are being developed or closed is vital.
Finally, Heli Ride has a open door policy, ie there is no requiement for you to fly when you come and see us, everyone is welcome and there is always a cup of tea to hand on arrival.
Heli Ride is passionate about helicopters, flying helicopters and most importantly the people that fly them.
For more information, please drop into Dak House (Dakota House) or call us on 02477 332244 or 07506128503, and one of us will be able to answer your questions.
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Coventry Airport - Warwickshire
All of our flights are flown out of Coventry Airport (EGBE) .
Located in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside, convenient for the Cities of Birmingham and Coventry with very short flying times into Warwickshire, Leicestershire, West Midlands, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire, this lovely little domestic/training airfield is just right for the budding helicopter pilot to get to the grips with the basics of flight. As on one of the fastest growing GA airfields in the country you can expect first class service from the Tower and the Fueling team at Coventry. With cafe coming soon to the airfield and viewing area outside the Heli ride Office, you can take along your friends and family for a fun day out watching you as you experience the thrill of flying a helicopter.
Heli Ride, Dakota House, Coventry Airport West,
07506 28503 or 02477 332244
Heli Ride Coventry (More-Heli Ltd) GBR.ATO-0501