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Hair Raising Helicopter Rides!
There a various options available to suit all budgets, including a quick five-minute helicopter flight designed to give you a quick taster. It might not seem like long in the air nonetheless trust us it is still a great experience. Obviously the more you can afford the longer time spent in the air, ranging up to an hour’s worth of flying!
There are many sightseeing choices available, from flying over Derwent Valley where the training over the infamous Dambusters took place to the Isle of Wight, breath-taking views are a plenty! Riding by chopper is much more fun in general than flying by plane, as you whizz over the surrounding landscapes you turn and tilt with every turn and tilt of the aircraft! Hovering along the River Thames and admiring the iconic buildings in the capital below is one of the best methods in our eyes to explore London, you certainly feel as if you are doing it in style!
If you would rather get more hands on, then a helicopter-flying lesson is definitely recommended. Ascended, descending or just manoeuvring through the open air in a small chopper is great fun as the even the slightest touch triggers an instant response. All time spend in the car can also count towards a private licence if you wish to take your lessons further.
If you have chosen a helicopter-flying lesson, it will be just you and your instructor in the chopper. Depending on the package, you should be given the opportunity to ascend, descend, manoeuvre and hover the chopper. You will not be allowed to take-off or land; the pilot will handle this. Again package dependent your time will also be spent in the classroom learning the theory of flying and how to handle different scenarios such as weather conditions and air traffic control instructions.
If you have purchased a helicopter thrill, buzz or sightseeing option, there will be other paying guests on board with you. The shorter duration options normally involve a quick teaser showing you what helicopters are capable of. Hold on as your stomach turns inside out when the pilot quickly ascends before performing twists and turns and hovering only a few feet above the ground. For sightseeing helicopter rides, things are slightly more laid back. Just do not forget your camera for some fantastic elevated shoots.
Helicopter rides vary massively in duration and price. You can choose a brief helicopter five minute buzz from around £50 upwards to a full day helicopter lesson with up to two hours flight time and two hours theory for around £1000 and upwards (this can also depend upon the size of the chopper). You may have to wait your turn to board the chopper with other participants.
Are spectators welcome
There are normally no restrictions on spectators. If you choose a shorter helicopter lesson (not a sightseeing or buzz flight) in a four-seater chopper then certain venues allow a spectator to ride along free of charge (ring and ask venue when booking activity upon receiving voucher).
Are these experiences weather dependent?
Yes. Once you have booked your activity the venue will normally advise you to ring up the morning of your experience to check the conditions. You flight will be re-arranged if conditions cannot be met.
No previous experience is required for lessons; they are suitable for beginners to more experienced flyers. All flight time can be put towards a Private Pilot Licence if you wish to turn this into a hobby.
- Look down on the amazing Olympic Village from a bird eye view.
- Cruise past Alexandra Palace and right over the Olympic Park and Athlete's Village!
- The flight time will last approximately twenty minutes. Locations:
Essex (South East) - Stapleford
- Enjoy the sights of Portsmouth from a birds eye view!
- Experience ten minutes of helicopter flight adrenaline.
- Purchase photos after the flight if you desire. Locations:
Hampshire (South East) - Lee-on-Solent
- Enjoy a quick spin in a helicopter as you ascend rapidly into the air!
- Chat with the pilot over the intercomm and learn what these machines are capable of.
- Watch the rapidly disappearing scenery go by in this five minute adrenaline thrill! Locations:
Bedfordshire (South East) - Cranfield, Buckinghamshire (South East) - Quainton, Cornwall (South West) - St Ives, East Riding of Yorkshire (North) - Hull, Essex (South East) - Romford, Surrey (South East) - Redhill, West Midlands (Midlands) - Wolverha