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

30 Minute Helicopter Flight And Hover Challenge Picture Buyagift Logo  30 Minute Helicopter Flight And Hover Challenge £225.00
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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.

Surrey Helicopter Adventures Picture Into the blue Logo  Surrey Helicopter Adventures £49.00
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Helicopter Lessons London Picture Into the blue Logo  Helicopter Lessons London £89.00
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Lynx Helicopter Simulator Picture Into the blue Logo  Lynx Helicopter Simulator £89.00
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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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20 Minute Helicopter Flying Lesson Picture Red letter days Logo  20 Minute Helicopter Flying Lesson £97.00
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Tactical Helicopter Flying Lesson Picture Buyagift Logo  Tactical Helicopter Flying Lesson £97.00
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Tactical Helicopter Lesson Picture Virgin experience days Logo  Tactical Helicopter Lesson £99.00
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Helicopter Lessons In Surrey Picture Into the blue Logo  Helicopter Lessons In Surrey £125.00
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Solent Helicopter Lessons Picture Into the blue Logo  Solent Helicopter Lessons £125.00
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Helicopter Lessons Sussex Picture Into the blue Logo  Helicopter Lessons Sussex £130.00
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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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30 Minute Helicopter Flying With Non-alcoholic Bubbly And Chocolate For Two Picture Buyagift Logo  30 Minute Helicopter Flying With Non-alcoholic Bubbly And Chocolate For Two £139.00
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Helicopter Pilot Day Picture Into the blue Logo  Helicopter Pilot Day £149.00
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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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Helicopter Lessons Herefordshire Picture Into the blue Logo  Helicopter Lessons Herefordshire £159.00
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Helicopter Lessons Buckinghamshire Picture Into the blue Logo  Helicopter Lessons Buckinghamshire £159.00
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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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Tactical Helicopter Flying Lesson For Two Picture Buyagift Logo  Tactical Helicopter Flying Lesson For Two £185.00
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30 Minute Helicopter Lessons Picture Into the blue Logo  30 Minute Helicopter Lessons £195.00
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Helicopter Lessons In Gloucestershire Picture Into the blue Logo  Helicopter Lessons In Gloucestershire £199.00
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Helicopter Lessons In Newcastle Picture Into the blue Logo  Helicopter Lessons In Newcastle £199.00
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Introductory Helicopter Lesson Picture Virgin experience days Logo  Introductory Helicopter Lesson £199.00
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Helicopter Lessons Devon Picture Into the blue Logo  Helicopter Lessons Devon £215.00
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Helicopter Lessons Cambridge Picture Into the blue Logo  Helicopter Lessons Cambridge £235.00
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Helicopter Lessons Cornwall Picture Into the blue Logo  Helicopter Lessons Cornwall £295.00
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Uk Cities Helicopter Charter For Four Picture Into the blue Logo  Uk Cities Helicopter Charter For Four £299.00
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Helicopter Flying Lessons In Liverpool Picture Into the blue Logo  Helicopter Flying Lessons In Liverpool £327.00
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60 Minute Helicopter Lesson Picture Into the blue Logo  60 Minute Helicopter Lesson £345.00
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Extended Helicopter Lesson Picture Virgin experience days Logo  Extended Helicopter Lesson £375.00
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Exclusive Helicopter Dining For Two Picture Into the blue Logo  Exclusive Helicopter Dining For Two £459.00
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Vip New Forest Helicopter Dining For Two Picture Into the blue Logo  Vip New Forest Helicopter Dining For Two £599.00
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Exclusive Hampshire Helicopter Dining For Two Picture Into the blue Logo  Exclusive Hampshire Helicopter Dining For Two £599.00
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London Helicopter Charter Picture Into the blue Logo  London Helicopter Charter £925.00
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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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