We have a dedicated flying site for helicopters and drones at our Poling site. We have two helicopter instructors and a drone instructor to help if needed, we can offer training from novice to an advanced standard, we can also help with setting up your helicopter or drone if needed.
We advise starting with a simulator to get the hang of flying and without the fear of crashing, we also advise getting a small indoor stable helicopter to get the hang of it prior to having a go on the club trainer helicopters.
With novice flyers we start them off with a set of training undercarriage fixed on as you will see in the pictures, and with an instructor on a buddy box system so that he can take over if the student gets into trouble.
We have all sorts of helicopter and drone flyers from novice under training, to top level 3d flying where the pilots turn a helicopter inside out and upside down with awe inspiring stunts and impressive flying.
The modern trend is for electric helicopters although some prefer nitro IC engine ones. Whatever you end up with be it an older Raptor, a scale helicopter, or a top of the range 3D one it’s all about having fun and a smile on your face when you finish for the day.
You may choose to start with a drone as the are stable and land at your feet with a press of a button, a typical use is for aerial photography if that is what you like.
We currently have two club trainer helicopters, fly barred and flybarless to suit your needs. If you are new to helicopters we advise starting with a simulator to get the hang of flying and without the fear of crashing, we also advise getting a small indoor stable helicopter to get the hang of it prior to having a go on the club trainer helicopters. If you are starting out with helicopters we can help you to set it up and get it flying properly.
To fly on your own you will just need our helicopter solo part 1, that is simple hovering and control that allows you to practice for the part 2 solo on your own without an instructor with you. The part 2 solo involves a controlled hover in each of the four orientations, after that you can fly on your own once you are signed off by an instructor. If you are an experianced helicopter pilot you will just need to demonstrate your skill with the part 2 solo or check flight and be signed off by an instructor.
You will see from the pictures the Poling site is a nice large field dedicated to rotary winged craft only, it has three areas of Astro turf and grass areas to fly from.
Often you may see or fly with Buzards and probably see Spitfires from Goodwood flying about as well.
If you would like a new challenge or want to have a go then get in touch with with the club via the contact page on this site or click here.