After 8 years of anticipation, preparation, and graduating, my helicopter pilot career finally begins at Helicentre Aviation in Leicester (United Kingdom).

I will be trained ab-initio to Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor. The helicopter I will be training on is the Cabri G2. The most modern training helicopter to date, and a very new type in the industry.

The first couple of months will be all about getting my Helicopter Private Pilot License (PPL(H)). This allows me to fly alone or with friends, as long as I do not generate any income from doing so.

So after that, my Helicopter Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL(H)) training will start. When I finish my practical and theoretical CPL exams, I will start with my Flight Instructor (FI) training, which allows me to become a flight instructor, which will be my aim to get started in the industry.

The training will take at least 14 months, but the estimate is around 20 months from beginning to end.

If I manage to get my PPL before the 30th of June, I will get a chance to compete for the CPL scholarship, which is given to only one student. This scholarship covers the costs for the CPL training (£60.000). So I am going to give it everything!

Tomorrow, the 5th of April, 10 AM, I will officially move to the UK. I will arrive 2 days in advance to get some stuff done regarding my life there. It is a life-changing transition for me, and will give it 100% of my time, effort, and mental energy to make sure it ends up in succes for the rest of my career.

More is coming, stay tuned!

Categories: Journeys

Jop Dingemans

AW169 HEMS Commander | Founder of Pilots Who Ask Why | Aerospace Engineer | Former Flight Instructor


Sylvie · April 15, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Hi Jop!
Trots op je man! Echt gaaf!
En de 30e je PPL..dat kun jij!!

Stefan Hos · April 5, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Hoi Jop,
Ik zal zeker regelmatig jouw blog volgen !!!
Go for it, follow your dream …
Maar bovenal geniet ervan !!!
Hartelijke groet,
Stefan (je weet wel van de Service Balie)…

Ans · April 4, 2014 at 5:50 PM

I Will follow you !! Keep us posted

Greetz ans

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