Type Ratings

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Once you have passed your PPL you may then add different aircraft types onto your licence.  The required training for these types generally is five hours flight training, one written in house multiple choice exam followed by a flight test with a CAA examiner.

At Phoenix we offer type ratings on the R22, R44, H269, Bell 206 and AS 350.  The type rating courses themselves are designed to simply be about the aircraft themselves and the equipment on the aircraft.

The test involves no navigation and normally last about 45 minutes to an hour.


R22Robinson R22: This is a two seater utility helicopter mainly used for training but also if its just a small helicopter you're interested in, you could easily live with one.  They are relatively cheap to buy and insure and the ownership and usage costs would be comparable with a Range Rover.  They are very light machines with a low inertia rotor system and some people can find training difficult because off there twitchiness or oversensitivity but they do everything said on the tin at a reasonable price.

Key facts: Pilot plus one; Cruise Speed 108 mph; Endurance and Range 3 hours 15 minutes 360 miles


R44Robinson R44: This is the big brother to the R22 and the second in the Robinson family.  It’s about 40% bigger all-round and comes in several models with the later being the Raven 2.  At Phoenix we have a mariner with fixed floats and capable of landing on water.  The R44 has similar speed to the B206 although limited to only four people.  Its about as big as you can get on a piston/petrol helicopter.

Key facts: Pilots plus 3 passengers; Cruise Speed 130 mph; Endurance and Range 3 hours 15 minutes 400 miles


H269H269/S300: This is a very old design that has been updated several times.  This is a piston aircraft with two or three seats.  It is more stable to learn on as it is heavy with three blades and some people do prefer the much chunkier controls.  It’s slower than the R22 but hovers and autorotates better.  It’s an ideal machine for CPL learning as they tend to be better equipped than R22 and they can carry more weight so ideal for those over 17 stone.  All this extra weight does come at a price though and they are more expensive to run on fuel.

Key facts: Pilots plus 2 passengers; Cruise Speed 105 mph; Endurance and Range 3 hours 230 miles


Bell 206Bell 206: One of the oldest yet still most popular designs about.  Not the fastest helicopter and not the most powerful but it does everything well and so is still used heavily for charter work worldwide.  It is out of production now but still has no really good replacement.  It has a large luggage bay so more ideal for travelling and maybe the best turbine trainer after the MD500.  Our training machine is a very well looked after and heavily equipped model and even has auto pilot.

Key facts: Pilots plus 4 passengers; Cruise Speed 135 mph; Endurance and Range 4 hours 435 miles


AS 350AS 350: Made by Eurocopter, the AS350 series has been about a while now but still very popular for charter work.  The 350 being the single engine version this aircraft has gone through some changes and improvements but is still strong in the charter market for its versatility and general running cost.  With four passenger seats in the back and two seats in the front it’s cost effective too.  Our training machine is a nearly new and very well equipped B3.

Key facts: Pilots plus 4/5 passengers; Cruise Speed 160 mph; Endurance and Range 3 hours 470 miles

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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.

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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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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

Groupon Customer

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)

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)

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