Helicopters belong to aviation enthusiasts club based in Subang

PETALING JAYA: The two Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopters involved in the mid-air collision belong to an aviation enthusiasts club known as MY Heli Club, based at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang.

Formed in August 2018, one of the club’s main objectives is to make helicopter flying safer and more accessible. It also offers an opportunity for aspiring helicopter pilots to be certified through its training programme.

Former Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAS) group chief executive officer Datuk Ahmad Jauhari Yahya is the club’s president.

It is understood that the club has about 40 members made up of helicopter pilots, owners, retired aviation professionals and flying enthusiasts.

Its members also include senior captains who are Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) and European Union Safety Agency-certified instructors.

The club had secured CAAM approval to offer Helicopters’ Private Pilot Licence (PPL (H)) training programmes to its members.

As the club is a non-commercial entity, it can offer its training programme at RM180,000 per student compared to the market price of RM500,000.

When not training new helicopter pilots, club members enjoy flying to nearby states in search of local delicacies.

Club members are also known to have flown to Pahang, Perak, Perlis and Johor to savour local lemang, nasi padang, fresh seafood and fruits.

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