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 PictureBuyagift 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 PictureInto the blue Logo Surrey Helicopter Adventures £49.00
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30 Minute Helicopter Flying Experience PictureBuyagift Logo 30 Minute Helicopter Flying Experience £89.00
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15 Minute Helicopter Flying Experience - Virgin Experience Days Voucher PictureVirgin experience days Logo 15 Minute Helicopter Flying Experience - Virgin Experience Days Voucher £89.00
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Helicopter Lessons London PictureInto the blue Logo Helicopter Lessons London £89.00
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Lynx Helicopter Simulator PictureInto the blue Logo Lynx Helicopter Simulator £89.00
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Tactical Helicopter Flying Lesson PictureBuyagift Logo Tactical Helicopter Flying Lesson £97.00
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20 Minute Helicopter Flying Lesson PictureRed letter days Logo 20 Minute Helicopter Flying Lesson £97.00
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Tactical Helicopter Lesson With Hands On Hover Challenge - Virgin Experience Days Voucher PictureVirgin experience days Logo Tactical Helicopter Lesson With Hands On Hover Challenge - Virgin Experience Days Voucher £99.00
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Helicopter Lessons In Surrey PictureInto the blue Logo Helicopter Lessons In Surrey £125.00
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Solent Helicopter Lessons PictureInto the blue Logo Solent Helicopter Lessons £125.00
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Helicopter Lessons Sussex PictureInto the blue Logo Helicopter Lessons Sussex £130.00
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Insight To Becoming A Helicopter Pilot PictureBuyagift 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 PictureBuyagift Logo 30 Minute Helicopter Flying With Non-alcoholic Bubbly And Chocolate For Two £139.00
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Hands On, One To One Helicopter Pilot Experience And Lunch For One - Virgin Experience Days Voucher PictureVirgin experience days Logo Hands On, One To One Helicopter Pilot Experience And Lunch For One - Virgin Experience Days Voucher £139.00
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Helicopter Pilot Day PictureInto the blue Logo Helicopter Pilot Day £149.00
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The Ebony Collection Is For A Western Horse Riding Adventure Or See London In A Helicopter - Virgin Experience Days Voucher PictureVirgin experience days Logo The Ebony Collection Is For A Western Horse Riding Adventure Or See London In A Helicopter - Virgin Experience Days Voucher £150.00
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Helicopter Flying Lesson At Silverstone PictureRed letter days Logo Helicopter Flying Lesson At Silverstone £150.00
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Helicopter Lessons Herefordshire PictureInto the blue Logo Helicopter Lessons Herefordshire £159.00
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Helicopter Lessons Buckinghamshire PictureInto the blue Logo Helicopter Lessons Buckinghamshire £159.00
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20 Minute Helicopter Flying Lesson With Hover Challenge - Virgin Experience Days Voucher PictureVirgin experience days Logo 20 Minute Helicopter Flying Lesson With Hover Challenge - Virgin Experience Days Voucher £179.00
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Tactical Helicopter Flying Lesson For Two PictureBuyagift Logo Tactical Helicopter Flying Lesson For Two £185.00
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30 Minute Helicopter Lessons PictureInto the blue Logo 30 Minute Helicopter Lessons £195.00
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Introductory Helicopter Lesson - Virgin Experience Days Voucher PictureVirgin experience days Logo Introductory Helicopter Lesson - Virgin Experience Days Voucher £199.00
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Helicopter Lessons In Gloucestershire PictureInto the blue Logo Helicopter Lessons In Gloucestershire £199.00
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Helicopter Lessons In Newcastle PictureInto the blue Logo Helicopter Lessons In Newcastle £199.00
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Helicopter Lessons Devon PictureInto the blue Logo Helicopter Lessons Devon £215.00
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Helicopter Lessons Cambridge PictureInto the blue Logo Helicopter Lessons Cambridge £235.00
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Helicopter Lessons Cornwall PictureInto the blue Logo Helicopter Lessons Cornwall £295.00
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Uk Cities Helicopter Charter For Four PictureInto the blue Logo Uk Cities Helicopter Charter For Four £299.00
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Helicopter Flying Lessons In Liverpool PictureInto the blue Logo Helicopter Flying Lessons In Liverpool £327.00
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60 Minute Helicopter Lesson PictureInto the blue Logo 60 Minute Helicopter Lesson £345.00
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Extended Helicopter Lesson - Virgin Experience Days Voucher PictureVirgin experience days Logo Extended Helicopter Lesson - Virgin Experience Days Voucher £375.00
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Exclusive Helicopter Dining For Two PictureInto the blue Logo Exclusive Helicopter Dining For Two £459.00
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Vip New Forest Helicopter Dining For Two PictureInto the blue Logo Vip New Forest Helicopter Dining For Two £599.00
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Exclusive Hampshire Helicopter Dining For Two PictureInto the blue Logo Exclusive Hampshire Helicopter Dining For Two £599.00
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London Helicopter Charter PictureInto 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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