Helicopter FTO/TRTO's in Ireland

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Helicopter FTO/TRTO's in Ireland

Post by Bladecrack » Mon Nov 05, 2007 4:10 pm

Hello all,

Recently I have had to go to various parts of the UK quite often, and sometimes further into Europe to do various courses (type ratings etc) as there were no suitable ones available in Ireland.
I know there are some good training organisations in the country, generally for PPL training, and sometimes a little more, but considering how many helicopters are now in the country, and the broad range of operations, is it not time we had some really good FTO's to provide all the advanced training such as IR(H), ME type ratings, and specialist aerial work training etc?
I have found it very frustrating at times when trying to organise various training courses, the poor attitude of some of the companies I have spoken to over the last few years amazes me, especially as a potential customer they seem totally uninterested in trying to secure your business..

I would like to hear your opinions on this, specifically professional helicopter pilots, but students and PPL's views are welcome also, as someday you may end up having to jump through some of these hoops too..

Do you see a need for such an organisation in Ireland?
If there was one would you be more inclined to train 'at home'?


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Post by Kevlar » Wed Nov 07, 2007 9:30 am

I fully concur, a place is needed that is dedicated to training, perhaps an academy of sorts. It needs to be out of the way of a busy fixed wing area but close enough to a major area for students and controled airspace for training. Fuel of course is also a factor as well as availability of varios types for type rating once initial training is finished. I for one would rather train at home if the facility was available, and I know of a lot of people who have other commitment meaning they cant spend time abroad traing but would gladly train in Ireland if the facility was available.

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Post by justthejob » Mon Nov 19, 2007 4:09 pm

You can do an IR(H) and a multi rating (A109) with Bluestar Helicopters in Cork and Premier Helis in Dublin. When I say 'you can' I mean 'it is possible' I know both places are very busy with commerical flying and heli management, so whether or not they will take you on is another story.

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