oriens aviation to offer pilatus pc-12 pilot courses at london biggin hill facility

November 21, 2018

Oriens Aviation, the exclusive UK Pilatus Service Centre and sales distributor of the PC-12, is widening its expertise at its London Biggin Hill facilities to start offering EASA Pilatus PC-12 SET class rating pilot training from January 2019. 

In a newly-ratified partnership with Jonathan Shooter’s Oysterair, who are a specialist Approved Training Organisation in high performance aeroplane training, trainees will cover EASA and FAA certified class rating courses – ground and flight instruction – at Oriens’ HQ.  The EASA PC-12 class rating course caters for a wide range of experience, from the PPL (A) holder with instrument rating and a minimum 200 flying hours’ experience with 70 hours Pilot in Command, to the most experienced pilots.

“We are delighted to be working with Oriens Aviation to bring Pilatus PC-12 training to London Biggin Hill,” said Oysterair Managing Director Jonathan Shooter.   “We see this as a marriage of experience and expertise.”

“We know that a big obstacle for Pilatus PC-12 operations in the UK is the lack of pilots.  With the PC-12 classified in the Single Pilot High Performance Aeroplane (SP HPA) category, the traditional flying schools in the UK do not have such expertise.  This is why we are pleased to team with Oysterair and their experienced specialist pilot instructors,” commented Edwin Brenninkmeyer, CEO.  

The move into flight training comes one year after Oriens launched Oriens Maintenance, acquiring the Avalon Aero facility at London Biggin Hill.   The business is steadily growing and the business will be handling 20 PC-12s from next year, in addition to other business turboprops and Cessna Citation types. Offering pilot training, however, is especially close to Edwin’s heart.  He started training for his pilot’s licence aged 14.  An experienced PC-12 pilot and ambassador of Pilatus in the UK, he has amassed some 4300 flying hours and flew some 150 PC-12 demo hours in 2018.

Oriens is also partnering with Oysterair to offer two-day conversion programs from ICAO/FAA lisence to EASA lisence; a PC-12 SET Class Rating, as well as difference training from the PC-12 to PC-12NG variants. Oysterair, which has been specializing in SET pilot training for four years, is already active at Lydd and Gloucester Airports with its PC-12 courses.  London Biggin Hill will be its third base.