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I have been a student with Ardmore Helicopters for the past 2 years with the aim of working towards my private pilot licence. I can highly recommend Ardmore as a professional supportive open and friendly environment to really encourage you on your journey flying. Having studied at 3 schools now, both in Australia and in New Zealand, I have found Ardmore to be the absolute best. If you’re thinking about flying I can highly recommend Ardmore.
I completed my PPL (H) and CPL (H) at Ardmore helicopters back in 2017. I had Rachael as my main instructor and also completed my sling rating with Steve, the personalised approach the team at AHL have suited my learning style and helped me learn the best way possible. Rachael has a unique teaching style that was suited to where I was at and able to get me to where I needed to be. After leaving AHL, Commercial License in hand, I worked in the South Island as a ground crew member. From there I gained a job working all over Papua New Guniea as a Co-Pilot on Bell 212/412 Multi-Engine Helicopters. Having Rachael as my instructor has set me up well, not only to pass the flight test but to be a safe pilot for the rest of my career. Whether you intend to be a commercial helicopter pilot or just a private pilot, AHL with its team of highly experienced instructors will provide you with the safe and valuable skills you need, I highly recommend them.
Since leaving Ardmore Helicopters in 2009, I've had the privilege of flying utility helicopters all throughout Papua New Guinea in Bell 206 LongRangers, Bell 407s and Bell 212s. It was a long journey, but I'm glad I took those first intrepid steps signing up for an introductory flight at Ardmore Helicopters all those years ago in 2007
From the introductory flight through PPL, and now onto CPL, I have enjoyed every moment at Ardmore Helicopters. The calm, considered approach to training and safety has helped set a sure foundation to my flying. The instruction has been first class, and the shared joy and celebration for each milestone achieved has made the process very enjoyable right from the very start. I sincerely recommend Frank, Rachael, and Steve (the Ardmore Helicopters team) to anyone considering helicopter flight training
Great trainer who took time to explain and very capable and professional. Had a lot of fun and would highly recommend.
Steve was a good instructor. Full of passion. Super fun
Great instructor- Steve - took the time to explain the principles of flight. He really had good approach that made the experience awesome.
I was particularly impressed with Rachael my instructor. As an ex airline pilot with over 20,000hours I am well qualified to comment on her