Examining the Schweizer 300
by Georgina Hunter-Jones
Mike Green takes Helicopter Life through the FE course.
The idea of doing a (FE) flight examiner’s rating in the Schweizer 300/Hughes 269 may seem strange when far more training schools use the Robinson R22 than H300s. However, even though I learnt on the R22 and did my instructor rating on it, the first time I flew the H300 I felt it was a far better machine for instruction and I now have some 3,000 teaching hours on it.
I feel that the 300 is a stable machine with much more leeway in the controls, so the instructor can give the student more room to make mistakes and correct them himself. It also has a wide, forgiving undercarriage which helps with sloping ground, and can help cushion a slightly heavy landing in autorotation. And, unlike the R22 which has a governor on the engine, the H300 has only a basic correlator so the student has to learn about throttle and rpm control while he flies. My experience has been that students trained on the H300 come out with a fuller understanding of the helicopter and its potential, but of course this is only my opinion.
I was to do the Flight Examiner Course on the 300CBi at Biggin Hill with Mike Green, a freelance instructor’s instructor, and the test with Fred Cross, the CAA helicopter examiner. A helicopter flight examiner’s (FE) course consists of various parts including the briefing and testing of the student for their skills test (either the final test of their PPL(H) or in the case of the LST their conversion to another type of helicopter) or LPC (Licence Proficiency Check), so this...