Flying time can count towards a Private Pilot's Licence
Come to Gloucestershire Airport for an exciting helicopter flight over the surrounding countryside. Meet the pilot on the ground who will give a brief on safety and flying techniques before boarding. Then climb into a dual-controlled training helicopter which will immediately impress with its vertical take-off. These craft are incredibly manoeuvrable and can turn on a pin forward, backward or sideways. At the pilot's discretion, confident learners can take over the controls, to really understand what it's like to command a flying machine.
Tuesday to Sunday throughout the year, excluding Christmas Day. Weekends are particularly busy, please book at least four weeks in advance.
Minimum age is 12. Under 18's must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who will be required to sign a consent form. Minimum height is 5'. Maximum weight is 16 stone (102kg).
Helicopter flying is weather dependent, mainly due to wind speeds and cloud cover. It is CRUCIAL that you call for a weather check. For morning bookings call the venue the day before. For afternoon/evening bookings call on the day before setting out.
The time spent in the helicopter is around 30 minutes from engines-on to engines-off. This includes warm-up, take-off and landing.
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Briefings may be shared. The flight is held one a one-to-one basis with the instructor.
Spectators are welcome to watch you take off and land. A pair of binoculars or a camera will come in handy. The club lounge offers advantageous viewing over the airfield.
Please bear in mind that the cockpit can get quite warm and dress accordingly. Sunglasses are recommended all year round.
Flying time can count towards a Private Pilot's Licence. To qualify for a PPL you need a minimum of 45 hours dual-control flying, of which at least 10 hours must be solo flying.