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Blackbushe Airport

Opened in September 2012, Phoenix Helicopters Blackbushe provides one of the leading helicopter training schools in the South of England and has quickly established itself as one of the UK’s most trusted helicopter operators across its two bases. Providing Helicopter Training, Charter, and Pleasure Flights,  from Blackbushe Airport we are ideally located between London, Reading, and Farnborough.

Phoenix Helicopters is owned and run by highly experienced instructors and pilots creating the perfect environment for students during their training. From the first trial lesson to commercial level and beyond our instructors provide the highest of training standards and consistently provide enjoyable, quality training. Should you wish to train towards a PPL(H), CPL(H) or FI(H), Blackbushe Airport gives you the perfect mix of unrestricted clear airspace and busy controlled airspace right on its doorstep. Farnborough Airport is located beside Blackbushe with the busy Heathrow airspace and London Heli-lanes easily accessible making for an interesting, challenging and fulfilling place to learn to fly helicopters. By the time you obtain your licence, with the guidance of your instructors, you will be familiar with some of the UK’s busiest airspace and be more than prepared to fly the length and breadth of the country.



At Phoenix we approach training the next generation of pilots in a different way. Training is based more upon the individual needs of the students combined with completely flexible courses and pricing plans, where you choose when you want to fly and how often. Coupled with the experience of our instructors and this flexibility, the result is a consistently high quality of piloting, low hour pass rate and economical outcome to training.

Phoenix is committed to excellence and our purpose built building – fully equipped with state of the art classrooms and facilities – helps create a relaxing and friendly training environment. Classroom work forms an integral part of training and sets you up for the practical side of flying. Phoenix also runs bespoke Groundschool classes from its executive suite. Please visit our Ground School page for more information. 

With our knowledge and experience in training and helicopter operations – motivated by a genuine desire to deliver the very best rotary training in collaboration with our students – Phoenix Helicopters offer the best possible solution to you helicopter training aspirations.


Blackbushe Opening Times
Summer Opening Hours Local Time
Monday 08:00 18:00
Tuesday 08:00 18:00
Wednesday 08:00 18:00
Thursday 08:00 18:00
Friday 08:00 18:00
Saturday 08:00 18:00
Sunday 08:00 18:00
Winter Opening Hours Local Time
Monday 09:00 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 19:00*
Thursday 09:00 17:00
Friday 09:00 17:00
Saturady 09:00 17:00
Sunday 09:00 17:00

Flights limited to daylight hours in Dec/ Jan except for night flights on Wednesday

*Subject to ATC night flying approval







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Thank you for a fantastic experience. It was very well organised and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Groupon Customer

Phoenix Helicopter Academy at Goodwood is a great place to learn to fly. Relaxed, yet totally professional. The instructors go out of their way to ensure you get the best training. Highly recommended!

Kevin Piotrowicz (Student)

Just a short note to express our thanks to all at Phoenix Blackbush,for a truly enjoyable experience.Our special thanks go to Simon Halfpenny not only for his cheerful sense of humour but also for his skill as a pilot,over the last 25 years I have flown with many pilots most being military or EX.& I can say that Simon ranks amongst the best that I have had the pleasure to fly with. (London Helicopter Tour)

Clive Stewart Morrison

A very enjoyable flight. A birthday present for myself and friend and trial first flight. Hoping to do the flight down The Thames next year for our 40th and 60th birthdays!

Groupon Customer

Phoenix for me is now more than just a school to learn how to fly, it has a very homely feel to it, where students and the staff have become a family.

Stuart Russell (Student)

We both had a fantastic flight and thoroughly enjoyed it.  It was a lovely clear day which helped make the views over West Sussex stunning. 
Having a flight in a helicopter is something I have wanted to do for years, it was great to enjoy such an experience.

Kim and David Edwards (Pleasure Flight)

Easy to find with excellent parking. All staff, including Toby, our pilot, were very approachable and happy to chat. Great atmosphere. A thoroughly enjoyable experience all round.

Groupon Customer

Thank you all at Phoenix, SO much! I think it's finally sinking in for Matt exactly what went on yesterday. His maiden chopper flight was wonderful and he had a great day. Such a smooth flight. Really can't thank you enough for making the day so special

Aimee and Matt (Charter)

We would like to say a huge thank you for all your help and service on our big day. It was an amazing day and your contribution helped our wedding be the day we wished for and a success. We appreciate all your efforts on the day. Lots of Love Vanessa & Ravi  

Vanessa & Ravi (Wedding Charter)

I really enjoyed my training with Phoenix Helicopters (even with the stresses of a tight budget and timescale!), and having now passed my PPL I will definitely be continuing my training and self-fly hire there.

Sean Larsen (Student)