Sloane Helicopters has been in operation for over 30 years in the UK. It is based in Sywell, Northampton. It is the UK and Eire distributor for Agusta and Robinson helicopters.
In 1995 Sloane Helicopters Mallorca was formed and has operated from Son Bonet for over 15 years. Sloane Helicopters Mallorca is fully approved by the CAA and operates a flying school offering the JAA Private Pilots Licence and much more.
Son Bonet (N39 35.9 E002 42.2)
Son Bonet was Mallorca's original airport, opened in 1936, and has been in operation ever since. Located 5 miles north of the city of Palma it has great accessibility, with the motorway running alongside, a dedicated bus service and its own train station (Pont D'Inca Nou).
In 1964 Son Sant Joan (Palma International) Airport opened just 5 miles South East leaving Son Bonet as a dedicated General Aviation Aerodrome. Son Bonet is fully licensed VFR aerodrome with fire cover and fuel (Avgas & Jet A1). It has a 3000ft asphalt runway and apron.
It is perfect for training with the facilities it offers and year round weather conditions.
Office & Facilities
Sloane Helicopters Mallorca's office is in the original section of Son Bonet Aerodrome. It is fully air-conditioned for those long hot summers we have.
It consists of a main area & front desk, 2 briefing rooms, and Student room. The Student Room is fully equipped with all the reading materials, videos & training aids you need. It also has tea/coffee making facilities.
The Student Room also has a dedicated computer allowing you free internet access, email and further training materials.
The office is also WIFI enabled to allow our customers with laptops and PDA's to access their emails.
The Helicopters are kept in a hangar on the apron.
Jonny Greenall, Chief Pilot
Jonny has been flying for 15 years, first with the Air Cadets, in Chipmunks and Vigilant Gliders. He has lived in Mallorca since 1993 and learnt to fly the Robinson R22 & R44 with Sloane Helicopters Mallorca.
He then went onto complete his Commercial Helicopter Licence and Instructor Rating with Sloane Helicopters (at Sywell & Mallorca). Jonny also has his JAA Fixed wing licence.
Additionally, Jonny is the school's CAA Radiotelephony Examiner. As of 2008 Jonny is also a fully qualified CAA Flight Examiner.
Jonny holds ratings on the R22, R44 and MD500 and has over 3,500 hours helicopter flight time.
In 1999 Jonny was awarded a PhD in Mixology from the Oceano Institute.
Dan Vickers, Pilot & Instructor
Dan Vickers joined the Sloane Mallorca team in the summer of 2010 as pilot and instructor; he has over 1,500 hours and has flown all over Europe and the USA.
He flies the R22, R44 and B206. One of Dan's specialist pilots abilities is Aerial Dog Hunting, having sucessfully located several missing canines across Mallorca.
Dan, in his free time, is a gifted musician playing the piano, guitar but specialising in his favourite instrument – the banjo.CONTACT DAN
Neal Spurrell, Pilot & Instructor
Neal learnt to fly helicopters with Sloane Helicopters Mallorca in 2009, after obtaining his PPL (H) on the Robinson R44 Neal went on to hour build, and complete the Type Rating on the R22 both in Mallorca and Sywell. Upon successfully passing his CAA ATPL (H) Ground Exams in 2010 Neal completed his CPL (H) Training with Sloane Helicopters in Sywell.
In 2011 Neal worked for Sloane Helicopters Mallorca as a Helicopter Charter and Sightseeing Pilot, and in early 2012 Neal will be completing his Flight Instructor Course with Sloane Helicopters.
Also – in 2001 and 2002 Neal Spurrell was the Cornwall Men’s Welly Wanging Champion obtaining a, yet to be beaten, record of 26.64 Yards.CONTACT NEAL
Jane Wynne, Operations Administrator
Jane Wynne joined Sloane Mallorca as the new Operations Administrator in November 2010.
Jane has lived in Mallorca for over 30 years, has worked for Thomson and also in the Yacht Charter industry before joining Sloane Mallorca.
Jane, naturally, is fluent in both Spanish and English.
Alastair Sutherland, CAA Examiner
Alastair has been flying for over 27 years and more than 12,000 hours. Alastair has also won the British Helicopter Championships over 5 times! Alastair is one of the highest timed Robinson pilots in Europe.
Alastair also flies Citation and Gulfstream Private Jets.
He has been flying in Mallorca since Sloane Helicopters Mallorca inauguration in 1995 and is a CAA Examiner for Sloane Helicopters Mallorca.