Helicopter Pilot Experience Day

Product code: 10415663

Learn all about what it takes to become a helicopter pilot - including a hands-on flying lesson, tour and lunch!

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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.
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Great Gift 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
A bit disappointing I had a mixed experience at Denham. I picked this helicopter experience as it seemed to be the best in terms of one-to-one lesson time vs price. I'm not interested in becoming a commercial pilot but I was happy to sit through the presentation, which turned out to be quite interesting anyway. Facilities were pretty good, Tea/coffee machine and water available, and there's some benches outside where you/spectators can watch the lessons and the rest of the airfield. Lunch was in the form of a voucher that's redeemable at the cafe a minutes walk away, up to about £4-5. The staff seemed polite, professional and organised, and kindly let me wear my GoPro on a chest harness for the flight. Time whizzed by during the flight, as expected, but it was over even sooner than I thought. The video shows that my one-to-one lesson - from the door being closed to the door being opened again - was about 9 mins 48 secs (time in the air: 7 mins 36 secs). Nowhere near 15-20 mins as advertised. I was also not given the opportunity to do the hover challenge. Another guy doing the experience said he did get to do the hover challenge, his one-to-one was about 11 mins, so it seems to be a bit hit and miss. The airfield did seem pretty busy (it was a Saturday) so I'm not sure if my experience was cut short due to other people needing to use the airfield. Nothing was mentioned to me about it at the time, and I was a bit pre-occupied with the buzz of being in the air to realise it myself. Overall the time spent in the air was fun, but I was left a bit disappointed that my experience was not as advertised - If I knew beforehand I would have chosen a different experience. 13 October 2013
Checking the facts Right went to denham in Buckinghamshire. This is a busy airfield for helicopters and there is competition for your business. The package was as described but there was a hard sell in the mix and this was uncomfortable. I did feel as though I was a side show compared to the students they had , and I was merely part of the conveyer belt of experience days. Nothing wrong and all as described but ... 13 April 2013
Expensive for a 10 minute flight There were 8 people in the group.We were given a brief introduction to the event. A quick look around the hanger where the helicopter was parked along with a few other light aircraft. We then had a 10 minute talk from a retired pilot about becoming a commercial helicopter pilot which nobody wanted to become and then went out individually for a flight. You were in the helicopter about 15 minutes but only flying for about 10 min.The pilot wasn't that interested to show you how to fly and he had the controls for most of the time. It was great to have a go in a helicopter but the lesson and time in the air was a disappointment. . The company had double booked the time so the last people had to wait while someone else had a lesson. 31 May 2013
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