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Callum Tinnion

2015 CPL(H)/FI(H) Sponsorship Winner

Date Awarded : Friday 22nd January 2016

Callum completed his PPL(H) in the R22 and was awarded the first ever Helicentre Aviation Sponsorship which will fully fund 180 hours of Callum's flight training. "I have had a roller coaster of a ride with everything happening so quickly" says Callum. "Being awarded this sponsorship feels incredible and will allow me to follow what I have wanted to do for as long as I can remember".


Callum is back in Florida!

Friday 10th March 2017

We have welcomed Callum back to the U.S. where he is building hours towards his FI(H) course which he will begin at the end of April.

We asked Callum what he thinks about flying in Florida and anything he has learnt over here. This is what he had to say.

'Flying in Florida feels far more relaxed than in the UK which isn't to say it's any less safe, but it is certainly easier to get about which is a reflection on the fact that this is part of their way of life over here. Getting in and out of even the largest airports here is simple and efficient due to great interaction between the air traffic controllers and pilots. 

This helps to develop flying ability with a commercial frame of mind looking to keep flight operations as efficient as possible. When I flew to Key West International airport, a great amount of adaption was required to meet the situation that was developing. This began with the Naval Air Station at Key West requiring me to stay 1 mile south of the coast over the water due to an arriving C-17. Once they handed me to the International Airport, there was a departing American Airlines Embraer with more direction from ATC. Ultimately, my approach and landing was westbound initially with a 180 turn to the right into a hover taxi on the southern taxiway and then to parking. 

Key West is one example of many situations where adaption and situational awareness were pivotal in efficient flight operations for myself and other airspace users. Flying in America definitely made me more aware of what was going on around me as well as improving my radio communications. This was translated into my commercial course and I flew with a lot more confidence, particularly towards busier airspace areas.

Now back in the U.S., I plan on continuing my learning and I can't emphasise enough how beneficial it is to fly in America and experience the differences that come with that! The amazing weather, scenery and beaches are also not to be sniffed at!'


Callum Tinnion Passes His CPL(H) Skills Test

Monday 20th February 2017

Callum has passed his Commercial Pilot Flight Exam!

Our 2015 CPL(H)/FI(H) Sponsorship Winner, Callum Tinnion, had some good weather today to get through a well flown CPL(H) skills test.

Since the middle of January, Callum has been training alongside Geoff Loftus on the commercial course under the instruction of Morgan Whiting battling through the winter weather.

Now that Callum has completed the CPL(H) section of his Sponsorship, he will be moving on towards completion of the FI(H) section which involves some further hour building before beginning his Instructor course in April.

Callum will be travelling out to Florida again to build hours and assist with hour building activities for several other students who will be going out there in the coming months.

Well done!


Callum Tells Us About His Hour Building In Florida

Monday 12th December 2016

Hour building is really a chance for a pilot to enjoy themselves and go and fly places and routes that not only give you good experience to use in future, but allow you to discover and see things you've always wanted to see. So what better place to do this than Florida?

Flying in America is certainly quite different to the UK, obviously because of the weather, but also because the rules and area I was flying in are quite different. Just the fact that we are operating around Orlando provides its challenges with busy and congested airspace around the airport. But once I got used to some of the differences, I was able to start stretching my legs and fly further and in some cases, very far with one flight lasting three and a half hours as part of a 3 day trip!

Kissimmee was a great airport to fly from with a great buzz and all the staff were so helpful. Straight away though, it became very apparent how helicopters really have a lot of freedom and my flying over there took on much more of a commercial style due to the fact that Air Traffic Control want you in or out as quickly as possible so as not to disrupt the fixed wing traffic. So my approaches and transitions were taking me direct to the parking area rather than having the likes of the ‘H’ at Leicester to aim for and then transitioning. But this was so much fun!

Approaches and departures from controlled airports for helicopters are expected to be carried out at 500ft or below from/to 4 miles. So you can imagine how uncomfortable this felt initially having been used to climbing up to at least 1000ft much sooner than that in the UK. What made it more uncomfortable was being at or below 500ft over the dense forest/swamp or lakes or built up areas. That certainly took some getting used to!

My single favourite moment from my whole trip was when i got the chance to fly down the NASA Shuttle Landing Facility Runway. This felt quite special to be able to fly there and along such a historic and impressive runway. I also got the chance to take family and friends along this runway to share the experience. One day, I flew the NASA runway with a friend and then landed at Space Coast Regional airport to go to the Kennedy Space Centre for the afternoon. Why not?

Another great experience was flying through the Class B controlled airspace over Orlando and being given vectors over the top of Orlando International airport on the way back to Kissimmee airport. I would love to be able to do something similar now at Heathrow airport.

Another great experience was flying to Key West which is the most Southern of the Florida Keys at the bottom of Florida. It’s somewhere I wanted to go before going over and I managed to do it with a friend making it a 2 day trip. The Keys look like paradise and on the way down, we also went over the Everglades which was an interesting experience. Interesting because of the vastness of it and also how the whole area looks like some kind of alien planet!

On the way back up North from the Keys, I flew along Miami Beach. This was the most intense moment of my time in Florida because of how busy the airspace is and how much is going on. I was instructed to fly across the open water to the shoreline for around 8 miles, had banner towing aircraft flying up the beach, nearby, and a lot of different classes of airspace to consider as well as seaplanes and helicopters popping up all over the place. This was incredible though and I’m glad I did it towards the end with a lot of experience on the radio and with the different types of airspace.

Florida was an exceptional opportunity and I would thoroughly recommend to anyone to go and fly out there even if it’s just two weeks! It is fairly intense with the dense airspace focussed around the bigger cities, but Florida also has so much barren land which makes for a lot of uncontrolled airspace and relaxed flying. There are so many more great stories from my time in Florida but I'll save those for now. I've learnt so much during my time over in Florida which I can’t wait to translate this into my next stage of training in the commercial flying course.


Callum Has Passed His ATPL(H) Exams!

Thursday 29th September 2016

Since winning the 2015 Sponsorship, Callum has been studying virtually non-stop for his commercial exams. He sat his first set in June and finished the last one in August! Now he can look forward to the fun part and all the hour building that he has to do before starting the commercial flying course! Callum is going to be the first Helicentre student to fly our American registered Guimbal Cabri G2 out in Florida from Kissimmee airport. He will have the chance to build a lot of hours and make use of the fantastic weather out there as well as build invaluable experience to help him develop as a pilot and prepare for the commercial world. 

Keep an eye on this page as well as our Helicopter Scholarships and Helicentre Aviation Facebook pages where you'll see plenty of updates from Callum whilst he is in the States! 


Callum Speaks of his Life-changing Opportunity

Wednesday 15th June 2016

With his last few exams to sit before hitting the hour building hard, Callum talks about how winning the Sponsorship has changed his life. "Throughout my life I've done everything I can to bring myself into the world of aviation and in particular, to become a pilot" he says. "Every opportunity has been a stepping stone along the way and now, by winning the Sponsorship, I have taken the biggest leap forward into the career I’ve always dreamed of."

Callum describes how the Sponsorship has lifted a huge weight off his shoulders. "It's not just the monetary value of the award, but also knowing that I don't have to worry about finding my first job as a pilot because as part of the Sponsorship I'll be working full time at Helicentre Aviation as soon as I have completed my Flight Instructor course. These are just a couple of things that make this award so special.

After winning the Sponsorship, Callum completed his Guimbal Cabri G2 type rating to allow him to complete the hour building programme, which is fully funded by the Sponsorship, in the G2. "It's a lovely aircraft to fly and is also the main company aircraft on which I will do my commercial and Flight Instructor courses on" Callum remarks. He is well into his ATPL(H) studies having passed several exams with a view to having them completed in the next couple of months, after which he will begin the next stage - hour building!

"Going through my training to become a Commercial Pilot and on to becoming Flight Instructor with Helicentre Aviation couldn't be better, especially with the amazing opportunities that they have to offer here and the chance for great career progression within the company" adds Callum. "I am particularly excited about the chance to go out to Orlando, Florida as part of my hour building which adds another aspect to my flying experience as well as an being an superb opportunity. I am very much looking forward to my time here and find myself incredibly lucky!"


Callum Has Qualified on the Cabri G2!

Friday 11th March 2016

Having completed his PPL(H) on the Robsinson R22, Callum, our Sponsorship winner has this week been busy completing his Cabri G2 type rating. He passed his test yesterday and is looking forward to hour building on the Cabri G2 as part of his Sponsorship award! Well done Callum!


Callum Tells Us What Winning This Prestigious Award Means To Him

Monday 8th February 2016

Our 2015 Sponsorship winner explains, "I have wanted to be a pilot my entire life and even back in primary school and secondary school I was dreaming of becoming a Helicopter Pilot." He adds, "When I was told I had won the Sponsorship, I was speechless! I had no idea what to say apart from thank you. Knowing that I had just been offered a direct route into the career I have always wanted was a dream come true." Callum is an inspiration to future Helicopter Pilots. He advises, "To anyone looking to train as a Helicopter Pilot with Helicentre, the first thing I would say is just come down and see us and have a look at what we have to offer." Callum will be at our next Career Seminar on the 13th February 2016! To learn more give us a call. We will keep you updated on Callums progress. 

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