Wycombe Air Park
In recent years, its current usage had been under threat but now, with the signing of a 50 Year lease by British European Aviation, at last the future of Wycombe Air Park is secure.
AeroExpo and Heli UK Expo Return to Wycombe
One of the first great changes to take place, and worthy of celebrating in its own right, is the return of Aero Expo and Heli UK Expo after a break of five years.
These two great shows represent the UK’s leading annual General Aviation event that is a must for all aviation professionals and private pilots who wish to see, try and buy the latest products and services available.
The air park makes a fabulous venue for such events, offering excellent access and facilities for both exhibitors and visitors alike. Its location, close to the town of High Wycombe that lies just 25 miles from the heart of London, makes it an easy and attractive venue for all visitors by air, road and rail.
Pilots and aviation professionals appreciate the top class airfield facilities Wycombe offers from the ample hard standing and open ground to full air traffic control, fuelling and aviation services.
Links and facilities for land based visitors and exhibitors are excellent too, being situated just off junction 4 of the M40 and within 14 miles of junction 16 on the M25. There are regular, direct rail services between central London and High Wycombe and a wide selection of local accommodation is able to cater for all levels of requirement.
Since taking over the air park’s management, British European Aviation (BEA) has worked hard to promote all Wycombe’s services, businesses and capabilities as well as developing it as the premier business venue for general aviation in the London area. The return of these major events demonstrates the growing confidence in Wycombe Air Park’s future and shows how this asset can be carefully regenerated to the benefit and appreciation of many.
A Brief Introduction To BEA
BEA has grown out of a desire to provide the best and most comprehensive services to light aircraft owners, pilots and other users.
Formed in 2010 by the coming together of long established light aviation companies, the group represents decades of experience in light helicopters, light fixed wing aircraft and light aviation engineering.
Based at Wycombe Air Park, the group members flourish as individual aviation businesses whilst exploring and developing their joint services, created out of a unique combination of facilities and capabilities.
Delivering High Quality Aviation Training
A major part of BEA’s capability is the delivery of all training elements of Commercial Pilot, Air Transport and Aircraft Engineering degree programmes. The group is also dedicated to expanding its capabilities in line with current and on-going University requirements.
Flexibility is key to all training offered by the group and applies not only to Universities but also to students. This enables training to be carried out as efficiently and quickly as required which appeals to both mature students and school levers alike.
Training programmes are rigorously monitored for quality, efficiency, safety and professionalism; ensuring that BEA produces commercially ready pilots and engineers to the highest level of practical skill in optimum time.
Fixed Wing, Helicopters and Aviation Engineering These three areas of expertise that the members bring to the group, provide all the elements of training required by most aviation linked degree courses.
Heli Air Limited
Since 1986, Heli Air has grown into the only UK light helicopter company providing quality nationwide services and support for private, commercial and business helicopter users.
Robinson Helicopter Distributor
Heli Air is the UK’s largest distributor of Robinson helicopters; one of the most widely used light helicopters in the world. A significant part of Heli Air’s expertise and understanding of light helicopter usage has grown out of this partnership.
Six Bases Nationwide
Their network of six bases consists of Cumbernauld in Scotland, Gloucester and Wellesbourne in the north and midlands, and Thruxton, Denham and Wycombe in the south.
Helicopter Pilot Training
Every Heli Air base offers quality assured modular training that is standardised, consistent and thorough. The training covers all levels from PPL(H), Type Ratings and ATPL(H) ground school to CPL(H) (including night rating) and Instructor Rating. Because Heli Air manages a large fleet of helicopters that regularly need moving from base to base, Structured hours building in the form of ferrying can also be offered to their students.
Helicopter Engineering Facilities
Their two dedicated maintenance centres provide comprehensive helicopter engineering services from repairs and overhauls to total rebuilds and are one of only two companies in the UK that can train engineers on the Rolls Royce RR300 engine.
Apart from Robinson helicopters, work is routinely carried out on a wide spectrum of machines including Bell, Agusta and Eurocopter. At these facilities, Heli Air already trains students to become qualified engineers, a fact that demonstrates their ability to support any maintenance, aeronautical and mechanical course that you wish to offer with ‘aircraft’ experience.
Studying Within a Commercial Aviation Environment
Heli Air Wycombe is a thriving commercial helicopter business within a busy aviation park. Housing, amongst other things, sales and administration offices, meeting rooms and customer hospitality areas, it is also home to Heli Air Ground School and Heli Air’s main engineering and maintenance facility.
Studying in this unique environment provides trainees and students with a daily opportunity to meet commercial pilots, clients, engineering and support staff, providing invaluable insight into and experience of the world of aviation. Anyone training and studying there will be immersed into the world of commercial helicopters.
Heli Air Wycombe – The Training Center
Since joining BEA, Heli Air’s Wycombe base has become a focal point for both helicopter pilot and engineering training.
In 2014, Heli Air opened its purpose-built ground school approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) providing students with a unique environment in which to learn and to study. The facility is equipped with internet linked laptops, kitchen facilities, a reference library, areas to relax and direct access to the professional maintenance facility. It is a perfect environment for study.
This dedicated facility offers both modular and full time training. For instance, the full time fast track ATPL(H) course is designed to provide career focused trainee helicopter pilots the opportunity to gain this essential qualification within six months.
Visits to the hangar and control tower for practical demonstrations as well as external visits which include fly-outs to other operational facilities; both provide operational relevance and greatly deepen understanding and knowledge.
Booker Aviation is an EASA approved training organisation for both private and commercial fixed wing pilots. Operating out of Wycombe Air Park since 1947, it is the first fully compliant EASA ATO based in the UK for PPL training.
Over the many years of its existence it has built an excellent reputation as an efficient and professional flighttraining organisation and regularly provides the initial training of many long haul pilots for airlines such as British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.
Flexible Modular Training
Training is provided in modular packages for Private Pilot License and Commercial Pilot Licenses as Multi-Engine Piston Ratings and Instrument Rating courses. Structured hours building is also offered as part of their training modules.
This method offers a higher degree of control over individual student’s training, allowing them to structure the various courses as best fits their own lifestyle and other studies.
Aircraft Training Fleet
Booker maintains a 20 strong fleet of aircraft to enable students to experience a variety of aircraft and their capabilities. The main stays of the fleet are two seat Cessna 152s and 4 seat Piper Warriors. The rest of the fleet is made up of two DA42s, a Piper Dakota, a Piper Arrow and a Cessna 172.
Booker is also able to boast two state of the art simulators used in the commercial modules for single and multi-engine training and instrument rating. This equipment allows students to be demonstrated and experience the most advance training manoeuvres on the ground before attempting them for real in the skies.
The Engineering Department of Booker Aviation maintains the company’s fleet of aircraft, and also in excess of 20 privately owned aircraft. Booker enables BEA to offer the same engineering opportunities available at Heli Air but in the fix-wing industry.
An Excellent Start to a Future Career
Like Heli Air, Booker Aviation as an established and respected pilot training organisation can provide assistance to their students when making their first step into the aviation industry. Many of our instructors have flown for long haul fix-wing companies and are ideally suited to train the next generation.