Training School & Flight Instructors

2015 was a difficult year for Elite Helicopters when due to health issues we suddenly found ourselves two instructors down and unable to offer the continuity that we normally could and which we know and understand that students want. We battled through this difficult time by recruiting at very short notice the services of Ian Lunt and Dave Milton to support us whilst we re-grouped and looked for a more permanent solution. Whilst this was not the ideal situation for our students both Ian and Dave literally stepped in to help us out and were fantastic in doing so, between them they managed to keep the training school going.

A big thank you to Dave & Ian and also a big thank you to any students affected for your patience and understanding.

We were very fortunate when Chris Knight joined us back in the summer of last year. Chris was fresh out of the RAF and just seemed to fit in so well here at Goodwood with Elite. Chris was a huge success with the students and staff alike but unfortunately we had to bid a sad farewell to him in December when getting married and the opportunity to travel took him and his lovely new wife Tess away from us to explore South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand for at least a year!.  A very sad loss for Elite, but we do hope they have a fab time travelling.

You never know, we may hear from Chris again if he decides to return to the UK after his travels – fingers crossed!

So, next in to help us out was Alex Hoff, who some of us have known for many years, so a big thank you to Alex for all your help over the past few months.  We have been keeping Alex busy and particularly on our Cabri, G-UMBL which is proving a big success in the training school.

We also extend a warm welcome to Tony Trigg, who has recently joined us on a full time basis. You will be hearing from Tony (Trigger) a lot more in future articles and please do follow his posts on Facebook and Twitter.

And also a warm welcome is extended to Sean Reynolds who has recently renewed his FI on the Cabri with us and will be available to the Training School.  Sean, as well as having a very distinguished military career is also a line pilot on the AS350 and Longranger and will be flying with us during the busy summer season once again.

Again we do appreciate that the change around of instructional staff has caused some issues with availability and continuity in the training school. We hope we are now a long way down the line to resolving these problems and we do sincerely thank you for your patience and understanding through what was a difficult period for us to manage efficiently.


A recent addition to our fleet is R22 G-VVBE. A really nice little aircraft complete with Night Kit so if you are a PPL with 100 hours post licence why not have a chat with us about doing something interesting and completing your Night rating?


Congratulations to all the recent students who have completed their training with us at Elite in the past few months:

Georgina – Type Rating on the Cabri
Will – Type Rating on the R44
Tom– PPL(H)  on the R44
Tony – Type Rating on the Cabri
Sean – Type Rating on the Cabri
James – PPL(H) on the Cabri
Monty – very close – PPL any day now!
Jason – Ground School Complete, preparing for test….


The weather is improving – well, we can always hope and now thinking about some trips to do this year.  The dates will be published shortly, but hope to include fly outs to:

Compton Abbas
Le Touquet
Weston Super Mare
Aero Expo – Sywell
Explore Wales
Isle of Wight


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