Why to choose a Pilot School in Barcelona, Spain?

EAS Barcelona pilot school

Becoming a pilot in Barcelona

If you are dreaming to become a pilot its time to research which school and where do you want to study?

If you are based in UK, Ireland or Scandinavia weather limitation might stay on the way and it will take much longer to complete your pilot training.

Barcelona offers 300 sunny days a year, professional flight schools, new fleet and affordable pilot courses.

ATPL vs Modular course

ATPL course is one of the most popular full-time pilot courses on the market and lasts just 18 months. If you are a working professional and want to combine your job and become a pilot, there are great choice of Modular courses available which will allow you to achieve the same goal without compromising your work.

EAS Barcelona – European Aviation School of Barcelona

European Aviation School of Barcelona is located right in the center of Barcelona (next to the largest Sants train station), offers the newest fleet, expert instructors and theory tutors with over 20 years experience and would be a great choice for those who want to become a pilot in the shortest time frames possible with the highest quality standards there are on the market today. You can even “visit” the school and “see” its fleet through the virtual tours.

EAS Barcelona pilot school
EAS Barcelona pilot school

Lee-on-Solent Facility
H.M. Coastguard

History

The first Lee-on-Solent based Coastguard Helicopter became operational on 15th May 1988. The Helicopter’s normal operating area stretched from Beachy Head in East Sussex to St Albans’s head in Dorset, including Poole Harbour during the day. At night, this area was extended to include Start Point in Devon, a coastline of some 170 miles in length. This area extended to the mid-point of the English Channel. Occasionally the helicopter was tasked to incidents outside this area due to its FLIR capability. Since it was established in 1988 Lee-on-Solent has proved to be the busiest Maritime Search and Rescue helicopter unit in the United Kingdom.

Under a unique agreement with the Hampshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, the latter provides an paramedic crew for medical emergencies at sea. Hampshire Ambulance despatches a paramedic ambulance from their nearby Gosport base and the ambulance crew board the Coastguard helicopter at Lee-on-Solent, together with their paramedic kit and a portable radio which transmits on ambulance frequencies.

The S-61Ns were operated by Bristow Helicopters Ltd under a contract that expired on 30 June 2007. They were replaced by two new AW139 machines supplied by CHC Helicopters.

In March 2006 the MCA brought the Lee-on-Solent airfield site from Defence Estates, securing it’s future. On 1 December 2006 construction commenced of a new hangar to house Coastguard helicopters. It’s first occupants were the new AW139s. The Hampshire Police helicopter also operates from a location very close-by.

Under the UK SAR contract awarded in 2013, Bristow Helicopters took over operation of the service from CHC in 2015. The AW139s were replaced by newer Bristow-owned examples. These AW139s are in turn due to be replaced by new AW189 machines in April 2017.

Subordinate Units

None

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Sikorsky S-61N Mk II 1 15 May 1988 – 1989 G-BCLC
Sikorsky S-61N Mk II 1 1989 – late 2007 G-BDIJ “Crathes”
Sikorsky S-61N Mk II 1 19?? – June 2008 G-BBVA (Reserve)
Sikorsky S-61N Mk II 1 Jan 2008 – June 2008 G-BIMU (Primary)
AgustaWestland AW139 1 Feb 2008 – Present G-CGIJ
AgustaWestland AW139 1 Mar 2008 – Present G-SARD
AgustaWestland AW189 2 Apr 2017+  


Unit Markings

 

 


Main Bases

Base Duration
Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire May 1988 – present


Photographs

S-61N G-BDIJ at Lee-on-Solent. (photo, Chris Jones)
S-61N G-BIMU at Lee-on-Solent in early
2008. (photo, Mark Adams)


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Dover Surveillance Unit
H.M. Coastguard

History

One fixed-wing aircraft based in Kent, to patrol the Dover Straits on behalf of Dover Coastguard. Carries air-droppable life-rafts, marine radios, law-enforcement evidence-gathering equipment etc. The Islander was operated by Atlantic Aviation Ltd and retired in 2007, apparently without replacement.

Subordinate Units

None

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
BN-2 Islander 1 1998 – 2007 G-BCEN


Unit Markings

 

 


Main Bases

Base Duration
Manston, Kent 1998 – mid 2005
Lydd, Kent mid 2005 – 2007


Photographs

None at present.

More Information

References

  • To be added

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Newquay Facility
H.M. Coastguard

History

Newquay was one of the new bases established under the ten-year UK SAR contract awarded to Bristow Helicopters in March 2013. It is the home for two Sikorsky S-92 search and rescue helicopters. The first helicopter arrived in October 2015. The facility was officially opened on 15 December 2015 and became operational in January 2016. The service is available 24 hours a day.

Subordinate Units

None

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Sikorsky S-92 2 19 Oct 2015  


Unit Markings

 

 


Main Bases

Base Duration
Newquay Airport, Cornwall Oct 2015 – Present


Photographs

None at present.

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References

Other Sources

To be added.

Caernarfon Facility
H.M. Coastguard

History

Caernarfon was one of the new bases established under the ten-year UK SAR contract awarded to Bristow Helicopters in March 2013. It is the home for two Sikorsky S-92 search and rescue helicopters. The first helicopter arrived in May 2015. The facility was officially opened on 8 July 2015, but had already become operational on 1 July 2015. The service is available 24 hours a day.

Subordinate Units

None

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Sikorsky S-92 2 7 May 2015 G-MCGJ


Unit Markings

 

 


Main Bases

Base Duration
Caernarfon Airport, Gwynedd May 2015 – Present


Photographs

None at present.

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Humberside Facility
H.M. Coastguard

History

Humberside was one of the new bases established under the ten-year UK SAR contract awarded to Bristow Helicopters in March 2013. It is the home for two Sikorsky S-92 search and rescue helicopters. The first helicopter arrived in January 2015. The facility was officially opened on 26 February 2015 and became operational on 1 April 2015. The service is available 24 hours a day.

Subordinate Units

None

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Sikorsky S-92 2 26 Feb 2015 G-MCGH


Unit Markings

 

 


Main Bases

Base Duration
Humberside Airport, North Lincs. Feb 2015 – Present


Photographs

None at present.

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St Athan Facility
H.M. Coastguard

History

St Athan was one of the new bases established under the ten-year UK SAR contract awarded to Bristow Helicopters in March 2013. Due to issues with the full certification of the AgustaWestland AW189 search and rescue helicopter, two AgustWestland AW139s were used instead for the first year of operations. The first helicopter arrived in August 2015. The facility was officially opened on 15 October 2015, but had already become operational on 4 October 2015. The service is available 24 hours a day.

Subordinate Units

None

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
AgustaWestland AW139 2 Aug 2015  
AgustaWestland AW189 2 ? 2016  


Unit Markings

 

 


Main Bases

Base Duration
St Athan Airfield, South Glamorgan Aug 2015 – Present


Photographs

None at present.

More Information

References

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To be added.

Inverness Facility
H.M. Coastguard

History

Inverness was one of the new bases established under the ten-year UK SAR contract awarded to Bristow Helicopters in March 2013. Due to issues with the full certification of the AgustaWestland AW189 search and rescue helicopter, two Sikorsky S-92 were used instead for the first year of operations. The first helicopter arrived in January 2015. The facility was officially opened on 17 March 2015, and became operational on 1 April 2015. The service is available 24 hours a day.

Subordinate Units

None

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Sikorsky S-92 2 Jan 2015  
AgustaWestland AW189 2 ? 2016  


Unit Markings

 

 


Main Bases

Base Duration
Inverness Airport, Highland Jan 2015 – Present


Photographs

None at present.

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References

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To be added.

Lydd Facility
H.M. Coastguard

History

Lydd was one of the new bases established under the ten-year UK SAR contract awarded to Bristow Helicopters in March 2013. Originally Manston Airport had been selected as the South East SAR base, but the closure of that facility in May 2014 lead to a temporary change of venue. The change in base location was made permanent on 13 April 2016. Due to issues with the full certification of the AgustaWestland AW189 search and rescue helicopter, two AgustWestland AW139s were used instead for the first year of operations. The first helicopter arrived in June 2015. There was no official opening of the facility due to its temporary nature, but the formal decision on a permanent base has allowed construction of a new hangar to begin. The helicopters became operational on 14 August 2015. The service is available 24 hours a day.

Subordinate Units

None

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
AgustaWestland AW139 2 Jun 2015  
AgustaWestland AW189 2 ? 2016  


Unit Markings

 

 


Main Bases

Base Duration
Lydd Airport, Kent Jun 2015 – Present


Photographs

None at present.

More Information

References

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To be added.

Prestwick Facility
H.M. Coastguard

History

Preswick was one of the new bases established under the ten-year UK SAR contract awarded to Bristow Helicopters in March 2013. Due to issues with the full certification of the AgustaWestland AW189 search and rescue helicopter, two Sikorsky S-92s were used instead for the first year of operations. The first helicopter arrived in November 2015. The facility was officially opened on 17 December 2015, and became operational on 1 January 2016. The service is available 24 hours a day.

Subordinate Units

None

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Sikorsky S-92 2 Nov 2015  
AgustaWestland AW189 2 ? 2016  


Unit Markings

 

 


Main Bases

Base Duration
Prestwick Airport, South Ayrshire Nov 2015 – Present


Photographs

None at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.