Learn to fly a helicopter in Sydney! Grab the controls of the most versatile vehicle on earth and see what it's like to fly one yourself. In safe hands, under the watchful eyes of a fully CASA-accredited helicopter flight instructor, you'll take to the skies for an extreme learning experience!
Your Learn To Fly A Helicopter experience begins with a coffee and greeting with your instructor. You'll be shown a half hour video on the principles of helicopter flight and how the controls are used to manoeuvre the Robinson R22 helicopter. After the video we show you how a pre-flight inspection of the helicopter is performed - this ensures there's no problems in-flight. Be briefed via whiteboard on the exact exercise you'll undertake then your time has come... you're feeling confident and your time has come... Parked on the helipad will be the helicopter - it's time to learn to fly! Get in. Go through the start up procedure. The engine fires, the rotor blades start turning. Minutes later, you're floating above the pad. Your instructor maintains a watchful eye and safe control of the aircraft at all times. During your half-hour flight you learn to manipulate the controls individually. Toward the end of your massive half hour in the air, you're flying the helicopter yourself! When safely back at our base, you shut down the machine and debrief with the instructor. Could there be anything more satisfying than knowing you took that awesome machine around for half an hour?!
Some people are given an instruction flight but would prefer to be flown. If that's the case, let us know well in advance and we'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 2 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'll fly out of Bankstown Airport - just 30 minutes south of the Sydney CBD.