If you have ever dreamed of becoming a helicopter pilot, soaring through the sky in a powerful chopper, this unforgettable experience will help you take your first step towards making it happen! Go behind the scenes with a licensed helicopter instructor and learn all about what it's like to be a commercial pilot. You'll receive a 15-20 minute one-to-one helicopter flying lesson and hover challenge, taking control of the aircraft under the guidance of a CAA licensed instructor, plus a guided tour of the hangars, where you’ll learn all about the different types of helicopters and what it takes to fly them. This 4 hour experience will also include lunch.
This amazing experience is your chance to discover if you've got what it takes to fly a helicopter and be a commercial helicopter pilot. Arrive at the airfield for 9am, where you will be greeted with refreshments by your hosts for the day. An introduction and safety briefing will be given by a CAA Licensed Helicopter Instructor, followed by a talk on being a commercial pilot, and a presentation on helicopter pilot career options. Next comes the highlight of the day - a hands-on, one-to-one helicopter flying lesson and hover challenge! You'll take the controls as your instructor gives you helpful tuition. During the experience you will receive a buffet-style lunch or lunch voucher (depending on location), as well as a guided tour of the hangars and a discussion about various helicopter types.
This experience is available at 8 Locations:
Buckinghamshire (South East) - Denham
Buckinghamshire (South East) - Marlow
Central Scotland (Scotland) - Glasgow
Gloucestershire (South West) - Cheltenham
Greater Manchester (North) - Barton
Nottinghamshire (Midlands) - Nottingham
Powys (Wales) - Welshpool
Surrey (South East) - Woking
Your voucher is valid for 10 months for one person. This experience is available on weekdays and Saturdays throughout the year. Please note the Cumbernauld location is available on weekdays only. Participants must be at least 12 years of age, and weigh no more than 15 stone. You must present either a valid passport or driving licence on the day. The experience lasts around 4 hours in total, with approximately 15-20 minutes in the helicopter. You will be in a group of up to 8 people during your tour and discussion, but the flying lesson and hover challenge is delivered on a one-to-one basis. All dates are subject to availability.
Arrived at 9am along with 5 other people, had a briefing of about 30min, explaining the history of the company, advantages of being a helicopter pilot, explanation of what the experience will consist of and then a detailed guide on how the controls/instruments work etc.
After that, while each person goes on the one to one lesson in the helicopter the others get to tour the hangar and watch the takeoffs from a comfortable room with a large balcony and view of the airfield.
The one to one lesson is about 12-15 minutes, followed by refreshments (ample sandwiches, crisps and biscuits) and the instructor came up afterwards to have an informal chat with everyone where you are free to ask any questions. The facilities were good and toilets clean, staff polite and friendly. Would probably not pay the full price though...
09 October 2012