The VVB Fleet

The fleet of helicopters that we have available for use ranges from small 2 seat aircraft such as the Cabri G2 and R22, up to larger helicopters such as the Bell 206 LongRanger and twin-engine AS355 Twin Squirrel. Whilst the majority of our training is conducted on the Cabri G2, we use the Bell 206 for London Tours and the AS355 for helicopter charter and Instrument Ratings.

 

 
 Helicopteres Guimbal G2 inside our hangar at VVB Aviation

guimbal cabri g2 (2 seats)

The Cabri G2 is the latest generation two seat training helicopter that incorporates all the latest manufacturing materials and design technology to improve flight safety and deliver a very stable ride. The cockpit is spacious, with digital cockpit screens and touch screen GPS. The aircraft will cruise at 100kts, keeping up with the R44, and has a considerable sized baggage bay.

Available For:

  • Trial Lessons

  • Flight Training

  • Self Fly Hire

 

 
 Robinson R22 Helicopter in hangar at VVB

robinson r22 (2 seats)

The R22 is the world’s most popular training aircraft due to its outstanding reliability, superior performance, exceptional value and low maintenance - it is trusted by helicopter schools throughout the world and was designed with simplicity in mind. R22 training is subject to aircraft availability.

Available For:

  • Type Ratings

  • Self Fly Hire

 

 
 R44 Helicopter on Helipad at Elstree airport

robinson r44 (4 seats)

The 4-seat Robinson R44 is the world’s most popular helicopter, with over 5,000 models produced since 1993. The R44 offers similar performance to larger turbine helicopters, with high reliability, fuel economy and excellent safety features as well as hydraulically assisted controls – at an affordable price. Our R44 is fitted with emergency pop-out floats, increasing safety on journeys over water.

Available For:

  • Trial Lessons

  • Flight Training

  • Self Fly Hire

 

 
 Bell 206 helicopter taking off for a london tour

Bell 206 LONGRANGER (7 SEATS)

Perhaps the most iconic of all helicopters, the Bell 206 is quite simply the most popular turbine helicopter ever built. It has a proven safety record and seats for 5 people with a suitably sized cargo area in the back.

The powerful and reliable 450-horsepower Rolls-Royce engine flies higher and further. For superior safety, the 206 features a high-inertia two-bladed rotor system, while the patented Bell suspension system delivers an incredibly smooth ride on the 206 LongRanger. The 206 LongRanger can hold up to six passengers very comfortably and the rear club-passenger seating allows for face-to-face conversations.

Available For:

  • Type Ratings

  • Tours & Charter

 

 
 AS355 Twin Squirrel helicopter outside VVB hangar at Elstree Aerodrome

AS355 Twin squirrel - IFR (6 seats)

The AS355 Twin Squirrel is one of the most capable twin-engine helicopters in its class. We rely on this twin-engine aircraft in a variety of roles including executive charter and aerial filming. The second engine means a redundant system is in place, improving safety and allowing for flight over water, congested areas and enables us to land in smaller areas – such as a helipad at a golf course.

For superior safety, the AS355 features a three-bladed rotor system, while the patented Eurocopter rotorhead delivers an incredibly smooth ride. It can hold up to five passengers + 1 pilot.

Available For:

  • Instrument Ratings

  • Type Ratings

  • Tours & Charter

 

 

FNPT II Flight simulator

The FNPT II Flight Simulator made by Elite Simulations is based on a Eurocopter AS350. It has been engineered to represent the sounds, flight behavior and instrument indications in a similar way to the real aircraft. Our primary use for the simulator is for advanced Instrument Rating (H) courses as it provides a much more cost effective way of instructing than using the AS355, and can be placed into a multitude of different scenarios by the simulator instructor.

Available For:

  • Instrument Ratings

  • PPL & CPL Training

  • Trial Lessons