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Competency Based Instrument Rating (CBIR)

EASA Instrument Ratings EASA has introduced two new types of Instrument Rating: The Competency Based Instrument Rating (CB-IR) The En route Instrument Rating (EIR) These new instrument ratings are designed to make getting an instrument rating much easier to obtain for someone who is not a commercial pilot. Previously, to get an instrument rating, you […]

Confined Areas

What is a Confined Area? Helicopters are designed to let us land in car parks, mountain tops, ships and any number of other unusual locations. For the purposes of this post, any area that is not an airport is considered a confined area. You may be landing in a 40 acre field – but if […]

Simplified EASA Regulations

EASA Regulations Everyone flying in Europe is familiar with the new EASA regulations. However, students, new pilots and pilots outside of Europe may find all these regulations confusing and the information they need, hard to find. The Basic Regulation is called Regulation (EC) No 216/2008. This regulation contains all the information and regulations relating to […]

Helicopter Power Checks

Updated on 15th April 2017 When is the last time you had to do a confined area approach or take-off? Do you still remember how to do a helicopter power check? If not – you need to read this post. Power Checks There is no point in attempting to do a confined area approach without […]