“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 unparalleled 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 please e-mail r.morningtonsanford@icloud.com. 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. We are accredited with UK Civil Aviation Authority Engineering and Flight Instructor (retired) licenses as well as UK Civil Aviation Authority & European Aviation Safety Agency PART 147 approval.

UK Civil Aviation Authority
& EASA PART 147 approved

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

UK Civil Aviation Authority & European Aviation Safety Authority Part 147 training 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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REGULAR UPDATES ON IMPORTANT AND INTERESTING TOPICS Knowledge is flight safety. Helping to keep your RPM in the green.

Time for Tea and Biscuits

…whilst we peruse a report into an R44 R1 Clipper accident which occurred in the December of 2020.

I was pointed in the direction of this accident report (plus a video of the accident itself filmed from the ground) as it was thought that some valuable lessons could be learnt from the accident for the benefit of both current and future pilots. Certainly, the use of accident reports as a flight safety medium is one of the primary reasons for such reports; the prevention of similar accidents.

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Latest video

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.


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