To fly different kinds of helicopter, you require a 'type rating' for each specific type on your licence. The type rating course is designed to familiarise the pilot with the differences in aerodynamics, mechanics, technology, operation and performance, together with an understanding of the differences in emergency procedures.



The type rating course consists of at least 5 hours flying, or 8 hours for your first twin-engine type rating. After completing the course, there is a practical flying test with a CAA approved examiner to assess your competence at flying the aircraft.

The instructor will ensure that you are ready for your test and to fly the new type safely and with confidence. You will need to take a Licence Proficiency Check (LPC) test annually on each type that you fly with one of our in-house examiners to maintain currency. Our objective is simple - to ensure that you are prepared for your test and that you are ready to fly the new aircraft type safely and with confidence.

We currently offer type ratings on the Cabri G2, Robinson R44, Robinson R44, Bell 206 JetRanger, Bell 206 LongRanger and the AS355 Twin Squirrel.

Please see our 'FLEET' page for more information on the different types of aircraft that we utilise.

Cabri G2 Helicopter Flying Past The Shard in London

Current Available Aircraft

  • Robinson R22 Beta

  • Cabri G2

  • AS355 F2 Twin Squirrel (IFR Certified)

Turbine Rating

Whether you are progressing through the career of being a pilot or just wishing to learn to fly a new type of aircraft, VVB is pleased to offer turbine training.

The vast majority of commercial helicopter operations use larger turbine powered helicopters, such as tours, aerial filming, corporate and air ambulance. These engines can deliver a much higher thrust-to-weight ratio, and are more suited to operating at high altitudes. Turbine helicopters still fly the same as piston helicopters, however to start-up and manage the engine is very different and if carried out incorrectly, could lead to a huge amount of engine damage.

Our turbine rating courses are comprehensively planned and designed to enable you to get to grips with the differences of a turbine engine whilst also learning to safety fly the aircraft.

Our turbine training is carried out on a Bell 206 helicopter, and we also have an AS355 available for twin-turbine ratings.

Licence Proficiency Check

A licence proficiency check (LPC) must be taken annually to maintain currency of your helicopter type rating. At VVB Aviation we have both internal and external CAA authorised examiners and can provide you with a revalidation up to 3 months prior to LPC expiry date, or renewal of the Cabri G2, Robinson R22, Robinson R44 & Bell 206 / 206L.

The requirement for revalidation (provided the rating is current) is to have flown two hours in the previous 12 months (including the LPC which typically lasts around 40 minutes). If the rating has lapsed, then two hours must have been completed in the previous 12 months before the LPC can be taken. If you haven't managed to log the full two hours, then one of our instructors will be pleased to fly with you and complete some pre-LPC training.

We are available to conduct LPC's seven days a week and for type ratings which have expired by more than five years, we can arrange a course of training (minimum of two hours) to bring you up to the standard required to pass the LPC. In this case the type exam (multiple choice) must also be taken. To discuss your requirements or to book then please do not hesitate to contact us.