A few weeks after getting back from the December trip, we were booking the next one!
April was the timeframe, but we encountered a few issues...
The weather was unusually wet for that time of year..
Insurance to solo on the H500 was not in place..
Our expectations were not realistic..
The result was that Dee moved across to complete his license with Dutch Country Helicopters
and we arranged a further trip for the July timefarme to complete the exercise.
We did however all go solo on the same day and Dee completed his written exam.
Jim takes Dee for trial flight in the Schweizer
The next day was wet, but we flew inbetween showers
1st Sortie away
Paul follows Dee out
2nd Sortie...Dee away...Rob starting up
Paul in the hover - solo
Rob took most of the pics as he was P1 on the camera
The seven weeks between trips shot by and we were soon in Lititz again.
After checking in we went straight to DCH.
Terry, Jim and Hugo were ready for us and we started flying that night!!
The next week was manic with the guys working flat out (7am to midnight most nights)
in order to prepare us ready for our flight tests.
Dee passed on 5th July. Paul and Rob passed on 7th July.
(Dee flew Paul to Reading for the test)
The Flying Monkey Rotary Wing was borne!
After getting re-aquainted with the choppers, we had to complete 10hrs of solo time including the cross country.
Dee had a little more time to burn, so he and Paul did the cross country in loose formation!
Above, Paul and Dee returning from the cross country: Chester County - York - Gettysburg - Lancaster
(with a detour via McGuiness for Dee to wait for Paul)
Dee & Duncan Pre-flighting 108DC Hugo gives Paul and Rob an overview of the main rotor on the 47
Monkeys still smiling despite the long hours and study....tired but happy.
Paul & Rob on their 1st solo flight post check-ride
Taxiing back to the DCH ramp after Rob and Pauls checkrides.
Dee gave Jim a lift back....
Paul & Rob with the Bell 47
Double Thumbs up!.....Paul still watching the RPM...
Meet the Gang, cos the boys are here.....Terry, Rob, Jim, Paul & Dee
Then we started on the champagne.....no crystal though
Our sincere thanks to Terry, Jim, Hugo and Darren at DCH
for their time, patience, perseverance and drive in getting us through the course in such a short space of time.
Thanks also to Dawn and Tim at Scooters for their jovial support.
We will be back!
ADVICE for those who may want to follow this path...
1. Be realistic about time
The book says 20hrs dual and 10hrs solo - nobody we know has managed that!
Expect 40-50 hrs total time, effectively the full PPL course - you will be safer and happier!
You need 20 days of good weather (IMHO) to complete the course properly,
so you may need 2 or 3 trips to complete.
2. It costs money as well as time
Do your maths....budget for 50-55 hrs to leave some contingency
and factor in exchange rates, accommodation, car hire, flights and spending money.
3. Medicals and Written exams
Get an FAA medical if going for a standalone FAA license
In the UK some AMEs can issue both CAA and FAA medicals at the same time
( for an additional charge of course )
Prepare for your written exam and get it done either in the UK or early on your trip.