Helicopter flying experiences and lessons

You know what’s cool? Cars aren’t cool. No. Anyone can drive a car. But helicopters? They’re cool.

You’re wasting your time if you think that tootling around on the ground is cool. The ground is no place for coolness. I’ve found some super-cool helicopter flying lessons that are ideal for first time flyers. If you prefer to ride in a chopper and not fly it yourself, you can find those experiences by clicking here

Alasdair’s recommended helicopter flight experience

Helicopter Flying Lesson With Hover Challenge Picture Virgin experience days Logo  Helicopter Flying Lesson With Hover Challenge £179.00
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This is my favourite UK helicopter lesson because it’s a good price and it’s a great way to try your hand behind the controls. It’s in loads of handy locations too.

How long do I get at the controls?

Typically you’ll be flying for about 20 minutes, and actually piloting the aircraft for just part of that. It doesn’t sound much does it, but believe me, it’s more than enough for your first flight. On some of the experiences, the 20 minutes is split into three parts, where you take part as an observer, a navigator and then a pilot.

You’ll be concentrating really hard, and focusing on every movement you make. It’s not easy to keep that level of concentration for long, and you’d probably start making mistakes if you were flying any longer. Remember what it’s like on your first driving lesson, and then imagine that in 3 dimensions, with a whirling rotor blade meters above your head.

Remember that you’re not going to be taking the controls as you zoom over the countryside. you’ll be lucky if you can master taking off and hovering. It takes a while to get the hang of it.

How much will it cost?

Here’s a rundown of the UK’s leading helicopter lesson experiences.

15 Minute Helicopter Flying Experience Picture Virgin experience days Logo  15 Minute Helicopter Flying Experience £89.00
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30 Minute Helicopter Flying Experience Picture Buyagift Logo  30 Minute Helicopter Flying Experience £89.00
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Tactical Helicopter Flying Lesson Picture Buyagift Logo  Tactical Helicopter Flying Lesson £97.00
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Tactical Helicopter Lesson With Hands On Hover Challenge Picture Virgin experience days Logo  Tactical Helicopter Lesson With Hands On Hover Challenge £99.00
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15 Minute Helicopter Flying Experience Picture Buyagift Logo  15 Minute Helicopter Flying Experience £99.00
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Helicopter Simulator London Picture Into the blue Logo  Helicopter Simulator London £99.00
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20 Minute R22 Helicopter Lesson In Swansea Picture Experience Days Logo  20 Minute R22 Helicopter Lesson In Swansea £115.00
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Helicopter Pilot Experience And Lunch For One Picture Virgin experience days Logo  Helicopter Pilot Experience And Lunch For One £139.00
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Insight To Becoming A Helicopter Pilot Picture Buyagift Logo  Insight To Becoming A Helicopter Pilot £139.00
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Spectacular Silverstone Helicopter Flying Lesson Picture Buyagift Logo  Spectacular Silverstone Helicopter Flying Lesson £139.00
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20 Minute R22 Helicopter Flying Lesson Kent Picture Experience Days Logo  20 Minute R22 Helicopter Flying Lesson Kent £139.00
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20 Minute Trial Helicopter Lesson In A R22 In Sussex Picture Experience Days Logo  20 Minute Trial Helicopter Lesson In A R22 In Sussex £149.00
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Goodwood R22 Helicopter Flying Lesson Picture Experience Days Logo  Goodwood R22 Helicopter Flying Lesson £150.00
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15 Minute Helicopter Flying Lesson Hertfordshire Picture Experience Days Logo  15 Minute Helicopter Flying Lesson Hertfordshire £150.00
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Helicopter Flying Lesson At Silverstone Picture Red letter days Logo  Helicopter Flying Lesson At Silverstone £150.00
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30 Minute Helicopter Lesson In A Robinson 22: Northern Ireland Picture Experience Days Logo  30 Minute Helicopter Lesson In A Robinson 22: Northern Ireland £169.00
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30 Minute R22 Helicopter Lesson In Swansea Picture Experience Days Logo  30 Minute R22 Helicopter Lesson In Swansea £175.00
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Helicopter Flying Lesson With Hover Challenge Picture Virgin experience days Logo  Helicopter Flying Lesson With Hover Challenge £179.00
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20 Minute Helicopter Lesson In A Robinson 44 - Northern Ireland Picture Experience Days Logo  20 Minute Helicopter Lesson In A Robinson 44 - Northern Ireland £185.00
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30 Minute Trial Helicopter Flying Lesson In A Robinson 22 In Sussex Picture Experience Days Logo  30 Minute Trial Helicopter Flying Lesson In A Robinson 22 In Sussex £195.00
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Introductory Helicopter Lesson Picture Virgin experience days Logo  Introductory Helicopter Lesson £199.00
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R22 Helicopter Lesson In Hampshire (30 Minute) Picture Experience Days Logo  R22 Helicopter Lesson In Hampshire (30 Minute) £200.00
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Goodwood R22 30 Minute Helicopter Flying Lesson Picture Experience Days Logo  Goodwood R22 30 Minute Helicopter Flying Lesson £200.00
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30 Minute Helicopter Flying Lesson Hertfordshire Picture Experience Days Logo  30 Minute Helicopter Flying Lesson Hertfordshire £238.00
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Robinson 44 30 Minute Helicopter Lesson - Northern Ireland Picture Experience Days Logo  Robinson 44 30 Minute Helicopter Lesson - Northern Ireland £285.00
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Gloucestershire 60 Minute R22 Helicopter Trial Lesson Picture Experience Days Logo  Gloucestershire 60 Minute R22 Helicopter Trial Lesson £295.00
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R44 Trial Helicopter Lesson In Sussex (30 Mins) Picture Experience Days Logo  R44 Trial Helicopter Lesson In Sussex (30 Mins) £299.00
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60 Minute R22 Helicopter Flying Lesson Kent Picture Experience Days Logo  60 Minute R22 Helicopter Flying Lesson Kent £329.00
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30 Minute B206 Helicopter Flying Lesson Kent Picture Experience Days Logo  30 Minute B206 Helicopter Flying Lesson Kent £339.00
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One Hour Trial Helicopter Lesson In A R22 In Sussex Picture Experience Days Logo  One Hour Trial Helicopter Lesson In A R22 In Sussex £345.00
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One Hour R22 Helicopter Lesson In Hampshire Picture Experience Days Logo  One Hour R22 Helicopter Lesson In Hampshire £355.00
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One Hour Goodwood R22 Helicopter Flying Lesson Picture Experience Days Logo  One Hour Goodwood R22 Helicopter Flying Lesson £355.00
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Extended Helicopter Lesson Picture Virgin experience days Logo  Extended Helicopter Lesson £375.00
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Hertfordshire Helicopter Flying Lesson - 1 Hour Picture Experience Days Logo  Hertfordshire Helicopter Flying Lesson - 1 Hour £438.00
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60 Minute Helicopter Lesson - Northern Ireland Picture Experience Days Logo  60 Minute Helicopter Lesson - Northern Ireland £545.00
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One Hour Trial Helicopter Lesson In A R44 In Sussex Picture Experience Days Logo  One Hour Trial Helicopter Lesson In A R44 In Sussex £549.00
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As you can see, if you’re prepared to pay a bit more, you can get some absolutely fantastic experiences!

How difficult is it to fly a helicopter?

It depends how you rate difficulty. If you’ve never been behind the controls before, it’ll be a bit baffling. But you could say the same about playing the piano, riding a bike or playing Call Of Duty on PS4 without running blindly into walls. It’s all about hand-eye coordination, and using both hands at the same time. You won’t be looping the loop after ten minutes, but you’ll be able to build up an understanding of what control does what, and fly the helicopter on your own. Don’t forget that the trained pilot on board has the controls too if you need it, so it’s really safe.

What happens, as well as taking the controls.

Following a health and safety briefing, you’ll learn all about the controls of the helicopter. You’ll have to do this before you take off, to ensure you make the most of your time in the air. These vehicles aren’t cheap to run, and all the time you’re burning petrol, you’ll be paying for the privilege. All the helicopter lesson experiences are run by professional, trained pilots, and they’ll usually give you a demo so you can see what you’re actually trying to achieve.

Some of the experiences are lessons on an individual basis. Others have up to two other people taking part. It’s sometimes more fun taking an experience with like-minded people – they’ll be just as nervous and excited as you are! Click through to find out the details about the individual experience you’re interested in.

Author: Alasdair

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