• Trial Flying Lesson in a 2 seater R22 or 4 seater R44 helicopter
• 30 and 60 minute flights are available
• Welcome and safety briefing
• Introduction to the controls
• Your instructor will start the helicopter, taxi take off and climb to a safe altitude
• Opportunity to take the controls for up to 85% of the flight time
• Fly around the local area at an altitude of between 1000 & 2000ft
• Try your hand at hovering and low level manoevres
• Souvenir log book as a record of your achievement
What Can I Expect
Learn some serious rotary skills on these helicopter flights out of Cambridge! This helicopter training school is based at Cambridge International Airport and offers top notch teaching to prospective helicopter pilots. These introductory flights from Cambridge give you an insight into the wonderful world of whirlybirds.
Cambridge Airport is a thoroughly fascinating place to take a helicopter flight from. It's the headquarters for Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group and although Cambridge Airport doesn’t have any charter or scheduled flight services any more, everything is in place for it to be a true International airport. There’s a full passenger terminal and all the facilities needed to welcome large commercial jet liners - so plenty of space for your chopper!
For these helicopter flights you’ll be going directly to the General Aviation sector of Cambridge Airport, where this training school is based. It’s headed up by Captain Duncan Bickley, who is a flight examiner, type rating examiner and even a flying instructor examiner. Yes, that’s right, he examines pilots wanting to be instructor. So we think you’ll agree, you’re in safe, experienced hands for your flight.
In terms of of flight time, we’ve got 30 or 60 minute durations and those times count from the moment you start the heli engines to switch off. You can get lots done in half an hour or an hour in a heli. Your instructor will handle take off, but then as soon as they can, it’s over to you to take control. In fact, this Cambridge school aims for all pupils to be actually flying the heli themselves 85% of the time on these inaugural lessons. And if you go for a 60 minute flight, it’ll count towards to your Private Pilot’s Licence training log book.
The first half of your flight will be dedicated to moving around the local Cambridge area to get a feel for what being in control of a helicopter is all about. For the second half, you’ll head back to the airport zones to have a go at some low level moves and that one thing helicopters do best - hovering. It’s a tricky skill to master, but the one that sets helis apart from other aircraft.
If you’d like friends and family to join in these helicopter flights at Cambridge, make sure you opt for the four seater voucher. That way you can invite two people to travel in the rear seats as passengers (subject to pilot consent) to witness your piloting skills first hand!
• Weekdays and weekends throughout the year
• Flights are generally available between 10am and 4pm
• Dates and session times are subject to availability and weather conditions
• Minimum age 14
• Under 18s must be accompanied on the airfield by an adult
• Maximum weight for 2 seater R22 15 stone
• Maximum weight for 4 seater R44 18 stone
• Participants will not be flown if over the specified weight restrictions
• Participants should be physically fit with a good level of mobility
• Bookings will be forfeited if the above restrictions are not complied with
• Spectators are welcome to watch the take off and landing
• Participants of the R44 four seater can bring up to 2 guests to observe the lesson from the rear of the helicopter, at the pilots discretion and subject to weight restrictions
Anything Else I Need To Know?
• Cambridge City Airport, Cambridgeshire