Experience helicopter flight on a large scale with our in-depth helicopter flight experience lesson. You will learn more than just the basics while enjoying a scenic and hands on approach to helicopter flight training.
This training experience is perfect for anyone wanting more than just a quick lesson or those thinking of piloting helicopters as a career. With hundreds of past students enjoying this lesson we have added more flight time and more ground instruction to our previous offering to make this training lesson even more excitment!
See our Yelp Reviews and read how much fun the other first timers had with us.
The price includes:
30 minutes of ground Instruction
30 minutes or 1 hour of flight time in the R22 Helicopter
BONUS: 15 minutes of time in our helicopter simulator!
Maximum student weight is 220 pounds
Your helicopter flight experience will being in our classroom. If you arrive early you can try your skills on our helicopter simulator to see how well you can hover! This lesson can be booked anytime, weather and holidays' permitting. It offers you a chance early in the session to ask questions and get answers while you and your instructor get a chance to learn a little about each other and set up a few goals for the training lesson. You will then cover a few important rules and regulations, learn about weather, helicopter systems, controls, things to avoid while flying and what to expect before setting off to the flight ramp.
The flight ramp is usually a busy place where other pilots and students are getting ready to fly and helicopters are landing and departing. To get in the air, all pilots are required to perform what is called a "pre-flight" inspection of the helicopter. This allows the pilot a chance to look at the aircraft and make sure it is safe, fueled properly and ready to take to the air.
After 10 minutes of talking with you and showing you the pre-flight inspection on the helicopter you will jump into the cockpit and go through the startup check list. This list covers everything a pilot needs from pre-start to starting the engine to pre-lift off. This is a very exciting time as you methodically cover this list and get the helicopter started, blades turning and the engine roaring. You will put on a headset to protect your hearing and enable you to talk with your instructor and other aircraft if you would like to. This flight is all about you, so let your instructor know if you have always wanted to do something special in the helicopter.
LIFT-OFF - Now your floating!
Once in flight you can choose what direction you would like to go. Most people choose to go over the ocean as it offers expansive views of the central coast. You can also head out toward the mountains were you can fly in a small forested area or mountain peak! The thrills keep on coming until you finally set the aircraft safely back in its parking spot and shut the engine off.
After your flight lesson is complete you will be taken back to the office where you will get a de-brief on the flight as to how well you did. Your instructor may have some insights for you to consider for next time or maybe a good old fashioned "great job". This time is set aside for each flight for any additional questions you might have and to also fill in your log book.
After your instructor finishes up the lesson and you've asked all the questions you've ever had about aviation, you can spend some time relaxing and talking with the other people at the facility to round out your experience and see if you want to come back for more.
We realize that a first flight can be an exciting time and often people forget to ask an important question. That's why we are available by phone or email and you will have our business card so you can call us directly if you prefer.
We would love to see you again and we realize that it is costly, but the fun and adventure of helicopter aviation is one of life's biggest joys!