Helicopter Flight Experience
There’s no denying it, flying a helicopter is not simple and so I jumped at the chance to give it a go. Just being in the helicopter and seeing what it can do was fantastic, then to be given control – amazing feeling. My instructor was first class, made me feel at ease and allowed me to enjoy the experience. Was envious of all the trainee pilots at the centre, wish it was something I was able to do. All I can say is ‘it’s not everyone who can say they’ve flew a helicopter’.
09 May 2014
Thoroughly Enjoyable - Well Worth It
My pilot, Gary, was a really nice bloke and made me feel at ease.
Fantastic experience - I really loved it, especially taking the controls. It was awesome - thank you.
30 August 2013
I flew from Blackpool airport in the excellent hands of Keith from fly Blackpool. My wife and son were ushered out onto the apron where they remained for the duration of my flight. My son got to sit in the helicopter which made his day. Keith reassured me by showing me his flight log that he had been flying helicopters since 1pm that same day!
We flew out over Blackpool in glorious sunshine and I tentatively took the controls. We did a small circuit of blackpool and returned to the airport where I got to practice hovering and controlling the aircraft.
Sadly the 30 minutes was over in a flash, far too quick and I'll keep trying to win the lottery and have the dosh to take more lessons.
Well worth every penny, give it a go. Thank you Karen and Archie.xx
30 August 2012
After a pleasantly informal 1:1 chat we walked out to the Robinson R-22. The main briefing was in the helicopter while on the ground and then with the excellent instructor at the controls we took off, skimmed across the airfield (fast and low - scary!) and climbed to the north west over the Chiltern hills. Almost at once he asked me to take the "joystick" and soon I was learning to fly straight and level, while also admiring the stunning view. Next came turns and an introduction to the foot-pedals. I began to relax... All too soon it was time to head back, with me (loving every moment) on the joystick and the instructor controlling our descent. Once at the airfield he took the joystick and I operated the "up and down" lever to learn landing and take-off. I then controlled the height as we skimmed back across the field; he turned neatly and dropped the helicopter back in its parking place. Wow! I can see that learning to co-ordinate the two main controls is a challenge you don't master in he first half hour, not to mention keeping an effective all round look-out, operating the radio, and navigating, all at once!
Now the big question: I'd love to do more, but can I persuade my wife that more flying - at over £250 per hour - is a sensible way to spend my savings!
I don't see how this experience could be better - excellent instructor, relaxed approach, excellent little machine, and I even got good weather and stunning views! I noticed that I was smiling to myself all the way home... My thanks to all involved at Heli Air, Wycombe!
23 September 2011