The week after I finished my IR I was offered a position with Specialist Aviation Services. I start in the 2nd of September, will be doing an MCC course at the academy and then off to Italy for the type rating in October. Really looking forward to getting started.
Cian O’ Leary
I found my course with Castle Air very informative, professional but relaxed. I was very impressed with the simulator as it is almost identical to the aircraft, thus making the transition from the sim to the real aircraft much easier. The instructors are vastly experienced and good at what they do, making the course that much easier to understand and ultimately pass. The course was hard work, but I did enjoy it. I would recommend Castle Air to anyone.
I have really enjoyed the last two months at Castle Air Academy. I feel it was definitely beneficial to have spent 40 hours in a 109 simulator that replicated the aircraft, it made transitioning to the actual machine seamless. The instructors were all fantastic, delivering the course to a very high standard and the engineers worked tirelessly to ensure we had no significant delays to our training. I would highly recommend the academy for anyone wanting to do their ME/IR training!
In August 2019, I attended the AW109 type rating course under Al Scott, which was my first multi engine rating. Al is an outsanding instructor, alongside Oli Byard-Jones who was always happy to answer any questions we had. The facilities at Castle Air are excellent with their detailed AW109 simulator, training materials and several briefing rooms. My type rating training took two weeks – one week of ground school and one week of flying. Amanda was brilliant at organising the training dates, recommending accommodation and promptly replying to any queries I had. The team’s professionalism and combined experience was the reason I chose Castle Air Academy and I look forward to undertaking my IR course with them in the future.
“I can’t speak highly enough of my experience at Castle Air while I completed their ME/IR and AW109 type rating course at Gloucestershire Airport. The facilities were excellent with the simulator perfectly mirroring the aircraft flown which made the transition into the flying stage of the course very smooth. Any technical aircraft issues were always quickly resolved by the on site engineers which kept any delays to a minimum. The instructors were very experienced and put a lot of effort into making me as prepared as possible for the skills tests, creating a top training environment that made my time there all the more enjoyable. They have connections all over the Helicopter industry and were always keen to offer assistance in finding a job upon completion, so much so that I secured employment within days of finishing my course with them. I can’t speak enough good things about Castle Air and would fully recommend anyone looking at starting a course with them to jump at a chance to learn under their instructors!”