Dozens of people who received
flying lessons as a Christmas present have lost their money after
Coventry Helicopter Centre went into liquidation.
Managers of the company based
at Coventry Airport called in administrators shortly after Christmas,
and it was formally liquidated last week.
This means that people who
bought vouchers for trips or lessons face losing their money.
Tony Long of liquidators Kay
Johnson Gee said the company had “negligible assets” and it was
“very unlikely” that members of the public would be able to get
their money back.
“I’ve had a few calls
fro people and all I can advise them is to contact their credit card
company if they paid for the lessons by credit card as they should
be able to get a refund from tem.
“But those who didn’t
pay by credit card are unlikely to get any money back.”
He said people who had lessons
booked as part of a NVQ course were being contacted, as the Coventry
Helicopter Centre had some record of these customers.
But when lessons were bought
as a present there is no way of getting in touch with the people
expecting to fly.
Gary Jones, an IT worker from
Stafford, is one of the people to have lost out and said the closure
had ruined the chance of a lifetime after about £300 worth of lessons
was bought for him as a birthday present.
Mr Jones said:
“I was 30 on 22 December
and my girlfriend clubbed together with the rest of the family to
buy me a lesson.
was something I’ve always wanted to. It was a full lesson and I
was really looking forward to it.”
The centre was saved from closure in 1999 when Adrian and Deborah
Hobbs from Hinckley bought the business.
Mr Hobbs had taken flying lessons to conquer his fears of heights,
and ended up taking over at the firm after selling his successful
recruitment business to Securicor.