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Learn to fly a helicopter in Sydney! Grab the controls of a Robinson R22 helicopter and experience the thrill of flying for yourself. In safe hands, under the watchful eyes of a fully CASA-accredited helicopter flight instructor, you'll take to the skies for an exciting learning experience.
Turn your dreams of piloting a helicopter into a reality with this hands-on flying lesson. Your experience begins with a coffee and half hour video on the principles of helicopter flight, also detailing how the controls of the Robinson R22 aircraft are used. Next you'll be taken through how a pre-flight inspection of the helicopter is performed - this ensures there's no problems in-flight. Now it's time to fly! Board the helicopter and go through the start up procedure with your instructor, and next thing you know you'll be rising towards the sky. Your instructor will show you how to handle the controls individually and towards the end of your half hour in the air, you'll be flying the helicopter yourself! When you touch back down at base, you will shut down the aircraft and debrief on your experience. You now have bragging rights for life!
Note: If you don't want to take controls of the helicopter but would prefer to be flown, let the provider know well in advance and they'll arrange a pilot instead of an instructor at no extra cost to you.
For comfort and safety reasons, there is a 109kg weight limit. You need be over 160cm tall to reach the controls.
Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and arranged directly with them according to this policy:
Trial instructional flights are conducted on a one-on-one basis between customer and instructor. If two or more of you want to have the experience together we can arrange this in advance, however the flying component must occur individually. This is therefore subject to availability.
This experience can go ahead in most weather conditions, but low cloud, high winds or heavy rain can limit this. If in doubt call the experience provider. If the weather is extreme they'll call you. There is no cancellation fee – simply reschedule for a better day.
Shorts or jeans are fine.
No previous experience or license is required. Your time in the air can be logged as part of a license to fly. The experience provider also has information available if you'd like to continue your learning.
You will fly out of Bankstown Airport - just 30 minutes south of the Sydney CBD.