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Orkney flight makes the local newspaper

Orkney flight makes the local newspaper

In May 2021 I flew an R44 helicopter from Leicester to Orkney and back with my wife, Lizi Auskerry. Our trip lasted 6 days, from Friday 28th May and saw us fly 1084 nautical miles logging just over 14 hours in the air. This was a trip of a lifetime for me, and I'm...

A109S Grand arrives at Helicentre Aviation

A109S Grand arrives at Helicentre Aviation

Helicentre Aviation have added a twin turbine helicopter to their fleet and I was onboard to film its arrival! The Agusta Westland A109S Grand was purchased by the training academy to offer multi-engine type and instrument rating courses from their base in Leicester. ...

How to pass the CPL(H) skill test

How to pass the CPL(H) skill test

I know this will probably sound strange, but when I landed at the end of my CPL skill test I realised I had actually enjoyed the flight. For weeks beforehand I had been anxious about it. It’s a big deal – the culmination of months of hard work – not to mention the...

I’m a commercial pilot!

I’m a commercial pilot!

I did it! After almost 15 months of hard work, I finally passed my flight skills test on the helicopter. I'm now officially a commercial helicopter pilot. I've dreamed about this since I was a boy and to finally be able to call myself 'captain Rory Auskerry' is...

How to pass the ATPL exams

How to pass the ATPL exams

Passing the Airline Transport Pilot Licence exams is a marathon not a sprint. It’s tough, but it’s doable. Keep focused on the prize at the end – a career doing something awesome and totally worthwhile. I am by no means claiming to be an expert, but I hope these...

The London Heli Lanes

The London Heli Lanes

Ever since I began my flight-training course on the helicopter I’d hoped I would get the chance to fly the London Heli Lanes. I knew the views of the capital from the air would be something special and having ticked this particular item off my aviation bucket list...

Why radio and flying?

Why radio and flying?

Reviewing my freshly updated website, an old pal of mine commented; “It’s great – albeit a rather random mix of skills!” Thinking about it, I had to admit she was right. Helicopter pilot, audio producer and YouTuber – it’s certainly eclectic. Let me explain…I grew up...

Growing up on an island

Growing up on an island

My childhood was a bit different to most people's. My parents brought me and my two younger brothers up on a small remote island in Orkney, Scotland. The island is called Auskerry and I'm proud to be named after it. I now live in England with my wife Lizi and we don't...

Flying Eyes sunglasses

Flying Eyes sunglasses

If you wear sunglasses and a headset for flying, biking or any other similar pursuit you've probably experienced the same problems I have. Most regular sunglasses cause pain and discomfort when the headset ear cups push the temples of the glasses against your head. It...

Flying in South Africa

Flying in South Africa

One of the most memorable jobs I was sent on during my time working for BBC Radio 5 live involved a helicopter flight through the Kruger National Park in South Africa. I was there with a producer and presenter making a podcast with the former England cricketer, Kevin...

My helicopter obsession

My helicopter obsession

I was around six years old when the aviation bug bit me. You'd hear it first. The unmistakable sound of slapping rotor blades and twin turbine whistle. Then you'd catch a flash of red - it's no coincidence that red is my favourite colour. When it arrived overhead the...

A royal visitor

A royal visitor

On the 6th of June 2012, Auskerry welcomed her first Royal visitor when Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal came to inspect the lighthouse.Arriving aboard the Northern Lighthouse Board's ship MV Pharos by helicopter, Princess Anne was then brought ashore to...