“Volatus tutus est non clamitas”

“Flight safety is no accident.” Our courses provide you with the essential information you need for flying and maintaining your Robinson helicopter. For unparalled expert advice on flight safety, general maintenance and repair, as well as factory maintenance, why not book one of our courses that are run in the UK, Europe and throughout the World?

Use our course application form to book, or alternatively call +60 (0)138 848007 or
+60 (0)198 683007
. You can read more about the different courses on offer below.

Our courses

Richard Mornington-Sanford is Robinson Helicopters Accident/ Technical investigator with unrivalled experience outside of the factory on the Robinson product and is accredited with CAA Engineering and Flight Instructor licences.

Civil Aviation Authority and European Aviation Safety Agency accredited

European Aviation Safety Agency Part 147 training course

European Aviation Safety Agency Part 147 training courses for Robinson R22, R44 and R66 helicopters

European Aviation Safety Agency Part 147 training courses

New courses

These are theoretical courses in the general maintenance and repair of the R22, R44 and R66 airframes with their relevant Lycoming and Rolls Royce engines.

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European flight safety course

European flight safety course

Richard Mornington-Sanford is the only UK safety expert presenting this course outside of the Robinson Helicopter factory.

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Robinson helicopter factory maintenance course

Robinson helicopter factory maintenance course

This is a “hands on” course in the general maintenance and repair of the R22, R44 and R66 helicopters.

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It’s what your left arm’s for –
Rotor Torque article from spring issue 2018

…and your brain! Richard Mornington-Sanford warns against collective laziness.

Click here to read complete article as a PDF →

Richard’s Harps

short flight safety reminders

    Low RPM Rotor Stall is a primary cause of fatal accidents.
    As air speed is the life blood to the aeroplane pilot so Rotor RPM is to the helicopter pilot! Should the aeroplane pilot stall their aircraft during flight by the loss of airspeed, they are able to recover (subject to height above the ground) by increasing the air speed and reducing the angle of attack on the wing.
    However, if the helicopter pilot stalls his rotor due to a loss of rotor RPM, it is NOT recoverable because the induced flow up through the disc will never allow the angle of attack to be less than the stall angle (even with the collective lever fully down). You become a passenger until you hit the ground!

    Engine power is directly proportional to the engine RPM, a 10% loss of RPM will incur a 10% loss in engine power available.
    One of the reasons you are given a de-rated engine operating limit is that you have power available should you need it; a ‘get you out of jail card’ to be used to prevent an accident but not to fly outside the aircraft limits.
    However, if the RPM is not in the green this power reserve will be reduced directly proportional to where your RPM is at the time.


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Special Events


Technical Review of the Robinson Range of Helicopters

Sunday 17 June 2018

Sloane Helicopters, Sywell Aerodrome, Sywell, Northampton, NN6 0BN

As the UK and Ireland Dealer and Service Centre for the Robinson Helicopter Company for over 42 years, Sloane Helicopters is delighted to be able to offer you a unique opportunity to join us on a bespoke Robinson Technical review day of informal lectures which will be specifically tailored to all Robinson Helicopter pilots.

The day will be conducted by Richard Mornington-Sanford who is a Robinson Helicopter Company Accident/Technical Investigator from Mornington Sanford Aviation and will include a review of recent accidents, human factors, critical flight conditions and a technical review of the Robinson helicopter range.

This is an ideal opportunity for you to improve your systems/cockpit interface and emergency procedures knowledge. A high percentage of accidents occur as a result of an overreaction to a benign indication in the cockpit. ‘It’s not what happens but it’s how you react to what happens that determines the outcome.’ Do you really know what you are supposed to be looking for during a pre-flight check?

Throughout the day you will have the opportunity to network with other pilots and flight instructors and to share your flying experiences. The course will significantly benefit Robinson owners by providing you with the knowledge of how to look after your Robinson helicopter.

Places are limited so please ensure that you reserve your place as soon as possible by contacting Tinie Hofmeyr or Rochelle Buckseall at Sloane helicopters on +44 (0)1604 790595 or at training@sloanehelicopters.com

£50 plus VAT per person

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News & course updates

  • UK AAIB give praise

    After conducting a closed European Robinson R22/R44 Pilots Flight Safety Course for the UK Air Accident Investigation Branch, they have remarked that it is "invaluable for its target audience of PPL owners."
    See our course information to book your place on our next session.

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Our services

Richard instructs ground crew on the assembly procedures and safety checks

Mornington Sanford Aviation offers the following services:

Training courses in:

  • Flight safety
  • Factory maintenance
  • New helicopter build and set-up

EASA approved type training
Legal work – expert witness

Helicopter walk around DVDs
Flight safety publications