About Us


Helicentre Aviation was founded in 2001 by Chris and Katie Line, originally based at Coventry Airport in the West Midlands and later moving its headquarters to Leicester Airport.

The operation went from strength to strength and the directors expectations of creating a one-stop training academy and commercial air operation were far exceeded, having trained hundreds of professional pilots and creating a significant number of jobs for pilots and operations staff.

Today Helicentre owns and operates a large fleet of modern Cabri G2 and Robinson R44 helicopters, has opened up an EASA and FAA approved base in Florida in the US, and operates the largest onshore gas pipeline contract in the UK.

Chris Line


An experienced businessman, Chris Line started Helicentre as a small operation in the late 1990’s after identifying a gap in the market place for a dedicated professional pilot training academy.

After humble beginnings with 1 helicopter and carrying out most of the flying himself, Chris now oversees a substantial operation which includes one of the biggest helicopter training academy’s in the world, a successful charter and utility operation, and multiple bases including an expanding training facility in the USA.

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Katie Line

Financial Director

An experienced executive Katie co-founded Helicentre with Chris and has been instrumental in the Company’s success and expansion. Her expertise in the financial side of the business has resulted in the company having a strong foundation financially, allowing the company to continue its positive expansion year on year.

Additionally Katie’s experience in Quality Assurance and Compliance has allowed her to ensure the company’s operational standards are maintained dealing with the many approvals the Company holds.

If that wasn’t enough, Katie also oversees the ever increasing HR requirements of the Company.

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Sarah Bowen

Managing Director

Sarah joined the Helicentre team after training to become a flight instructor with the company in 2008. As her flying career progressed, Chris and Katie gave her the opportunity to work with them in developing the business, as well taking on a number of CAA responsibilities with the company.

In 2011 Sarah became a Director and took on the role of Managing Director and Head of Training, and Helicentre supported her through training to become a Flight Examiner, FIC Instructor, and also, as of this year, Flight Instructor Examiner.

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What Our Customers Say

Fisher German

We have used Helicentre Aviation as the sole supplier of high pressure oil pipeline aerial surveillance services for the past 6 years. The quality of the service provided has always been first rate. The sightings that are made can be relied upon to be excellent and the communication and reporting give us great confidence.

Lee Gladding

Helicentre Aviation has provided the perfect training environment. Their professional and knowledgeable instructors form part of a very friendly, efficient and supportive team. Choosing Helicentre to take my first step into the industry has been the best decision of my flying career so far.

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