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Elstree Helicopters is the ONLY CAA approved training organisation for Helicopters ATO(H) based at London Elstree Aerodrome. Established here in 2012, our unique, family run helicopter flying school has been delivering FIRST CLASS, accessible PPL(H)/LAPL(H) training for ALL since 1999.

Our highly skilled team of flight instructors offer bespoke tuition in a friendly, training focused environment and are dedicated to producing safe, competent pilots with a depth of knowledge that’s second to none. We also boast an impressive, well maintained fleet, so are well equipped to find the perfect helicopter for you, for your PPL and beyond.

In addition, we also provide FREE ground school, student trips, fantastic training and self fly hire packages plus an open invitation to be a part of our flying family. Whether your dream is to become a commercial pilot or simply fly for pleasure there is no better place to begin your flying journey.

Zero to Hero

Go solo in just 25 hours with this fantastic training package

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Test drive a Turbine

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Trial Lessons

Learn what it’s like to fly a helicopter, lessons available across the fleet

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Introducing Capt. Paul White
With 23 years of experience and over 7500 instructional hours, Capt. White is both our Company Founder and Head of Training. Fulfilling a childhood dream, Capt. White started his flying journey in 1997 and has since devoted the majority of his flying career to teaching. Previously operating as Heliservices out of Cranfield, in 2012 Capt. White and his wife moved the flying school to London Elstree and Elstree Helicopters was born!
“No two students are the same and everyone learns in different ways and speeds so we aim to find out what makes our students tick and tailor their training accordingly” – Capt. Paul White
You can find out all about Capt. White’s flying journey in his blog series

Test drive a Turbine

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Test drive a Turbine

The Bell 206 is a two-bladed, single engine and the archetypal helicopter. Originally developed for the United States Army in 1962, this light utility aircraft is rugged and reliable. Although not called up for service, the B206 or Jet Ranger shifted into the private/commercial market due to its luxurious ride and fabulous safety record. The 60s produced many national treasures (The Beatles, the mini cooper, Julie Andrews) and the Jet Ranger is no exception and as seen on screen this 5 seater rotorcraft is synonymous with style and even today remains the world’s most popular turbine helicopter.

Let temptation get the better of you this Summer and book your test drive today!

student trips

PW at Le touquet paras airport

Our Spring/Summer Trip Collection

We have now finalised our programme of dates and destinations for May to July. A few of our student favourites and at last the opportunity to venture further afield again. From Jimmy’s Farm to Padstow there is something to suit all. Our trips are great practice for a variety of piloting skills for students currently training and for PPL holders a fantastic opportunity to get out and about. Looking for a real flying adventure? Le Touquet is back on the trip list and UK Tour in May. Our trips are always super popular and often over subscribed so head over to our events page to find out more or call to book your space NOW!

beyond PPL

Richard N and PW in R44

So now you’ve passed your PPL, what’s next?

Well the sky is the limit! Some of our students continue on to commercials or perhaps think about adding a type rating to their flying portfolio. Others opt for advanced skills training; London Heli Lanes, confined area, flying over water etc. or simply fly for pleasure with frequent flyers signing up to ‘Club Elstree’ for a cost effective way to self fly hire. A few students have even gone on to purchase their own aircraft, a process which we can assist with and potentially even operate for you should you wish to.

Whatever you choose to do after your PPL we are here to train, advise and guide through your PPL and beyond!

ground school

Ground School continues in person and our Virtual Crew Room!

Well we are nothing if not resourceful and by the magic of the internet we are able to offer all our students and friends of the flying school VIRTUAL GROUND SCHOOL!  This re-imagined ground school, born out of necessity due to COVID-19 is available One-to-One or our FREE bi-weekly group session.

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