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Here you'll find the latest news from Kuki HQ - helicopter related or otherwise.

Kuki Help BIG JOHN from Hallam FM

Big John gets dumped in a field blindfolded…… So how did he get back to Hallam FM?

It was time for Big John to take his orienteering test this week and Kuki Helicopters were there to rescue him.

From the air, in a Kuki R44, Big John had to navigate his way back to Hallam FM in Sheffield.

Simon is an old friend of Hallam FM’s Big John @ Breakfast Show and has helped on many occasions with charity events and flights for Cash For Kids and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

If you missed it … click on the link below and find out what it’s all about!


Kuki Summer BBQ 2017

On Saturday 17th June at Kuki Helicopters we had our Summer BBQ. Perfect weather made it a great event and it was great to see old friends and meet new ones. Thank you to those who flew in or brought their bikes.

The food was amazing thanks to Joe Harper from The King William Inn at Scaftworth.

Simon Nicholls did an impressive flying display in the MD500E helicopter and Gerald Cooper in his Xtreme Air aerobatic plane. Both displays were breathtaking, showing the beauty of flying and the expert skills of both pilots.

We have plans for more social events, including evening fly-ins and bike nights. We will keep you posted!

Kuki Family Welcomes Two New Students

Brothers Andrew and Stephen Price have joined the Kuki family as new students.

Both already have huge passion for flying as experienced sky divers and want to broaden their horizons with the new adventure of becoming helicopter pilots.

Welcome aboard Andrew & Stephen, great to have you both flying with us.



Kuki Crew Head to the Isle of Man TT 2017

Two R44s launched from Kuki HQ on June 10th to the Isle of Man,  Simon flying G-GRZZ and Matt Peach / Lee Denton flying G-CFNF. Both helicopters were flying in formation the entire journey.

Great weather allowed for smooth flights and excellent motorcycle racing viewing.

Congratulations to our friends at Norton Motorcycles, both riders took 6th and 7th place respectively in the Senior TT on the Norton SG6 race bikes.

We can’t wait for next year!

Russ Passes his PPL(H)

Congratulations to Russell Andrew for passing his PPL(H) last Wednesday!

Russ began training with Kuki in an R44 last Summer and after a short break at Christmas got back into his regular lessons and went full swing over the last couple of months.

Simon Nicholls said – “Russ has been a great student, always smiling and laughing. It has been a pleasure teaching him and we’re looking forward to seeing him flying around with his family this Summer”.

Mark Renews his PPL(H)

Congratulations to Mark Addison for renewing his PPL last Wednesday!

Mark is an old friend of Kuki; passing his licence with us in 2008 and then owning an R22.

After a few years flying her, he sold it and now flies one of our R44’s whilst continuing to build his business.

Simon Nicholls said – “Mark is a great guy, loyal customer of Kuki and friend that works very hard, flies helicopters and rides cool bikes – the perfect Kuki Member”.

Ready for Summer with our new R44’s

We’re thrilled to announce the arrival of these two beauties to the Kuki fleet. As most of you know, we were hiring an R44 after ours was blown over in a freak storm last November. It meant our students could still continue their flight training, but of course we were eager to get our own R44 back at HQ.

And here they are, not one but two amazing Robinson R44 Raven II’s.

These stunning helicopters are now available in our hangar ready for the Summer and our customers.

G-CFNF is black with gold trim and G-GRZZ is black with silver trim.

Come down, have a go and see how they fly. Book a trial lesson, enquire about type-rating from R22 or other to R44 or book some time in for self-fly hire.

Kuki Fly High with the Sheffield Steelers

What an amazing first season we have had as a partner of the Sheffield Steelers. Fantastic on-ice logo’s, some great games attended and wonderful interaction with their great fan base.

The season was capped in true high-flying style with a dramatic final day win over key rivals, the Cardiff Devils at the Elite League playoff championships. In front of over 7,000 fans, the two teams battled for over 94 minutes in the longest ever Elite League playoff final game before the Steelers scored the game winning goal and lifted the trophy.

We’re planning on featuring a special Steelers flight or two over the summer so please keep your eyes out for a chance to meet some of the players at KUKI and maybe even see them in the air sometime.

The new season starts again in earnest on August 12th when we’ll be back on the ice at the Sheffield Arena supporting the Steelers.

Buy your Trial lesson voucher online today.

Why not buy your loved one or treat yourself to a Helicopter Trial lesson, prices starting from as little as £99.00. The easiest way to book is here on our web page just click on the Training page for more information and to choose the length of your lesson, we will then contact you to arrange a suitable date and time to fly.

Xmas Offer: Helicopter Lesson PLUS Breakfast

Buy someone a Christmas gift they will never forget!
*Special Offer*

  • 20-minute Hands-On Helicopter Trial Lesson in an R22
    £120 (pilot plus one)
  • 20-minute Hands-On Helicopter Trial Lesson in an R44
    £150 (pilot plus three; pupil in front with pilot, two spectators in back)
  • Breakfast included at our executive Kuki Lounge at Gamston Airport, Retford. Breakfast rolls, fruit, pastries, coffee/tea, fruit juice
  • Relax and enjoy breakfast in the Kuki lounge, and after a short briefing, climb aboard with one of our fully-qualified instructors and take to the skies for the flight of your life!
  • Family and friends welcome to watch from our upstairs and downstairs viewing areas, overlooking the runway!
  • See your photo and video on our big screens as you return from your flight!
  • Flight voucher sent to you in the post to surprise your loved one.
  • Choose from dates starting in January 2017, plenty to choose from for you and your family and friends.
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