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30 Minute Helicopter Lessons

Nationwide Locations   

  • A half hour helicopter flight with a pro pilot
  • You get to choose from airfields nationwide
  • Try basic manoeuvres like pitch and roll
  • All lessons include a pre-flight briefing

What's Included

  • 30 minute trial flying lesson in a 2 seater helicopter
  • Pre-flight and safety briefing
  • Introduction to the principles of helicopter flight
  • Your instructor will demonstrate the use of the controls
  • Opportunity to take the controls during your flight
  • Personalised flight certificate

What Can I Expect

Helicopter rides and lessons departing from a whole host of locations! These brilliant nationwide 30 minute helicopter rides are totally flexible, as it's up to you where you decide to take your ride.

The airfields may vary, but each experience starts in the same way - with a pre-flight safety briefing. Listen carefully, as you may well hear your pilot instructor say the words "And this is the T-bar shaped stick that controls which way the chopper goes" - pretty essential stuff when it comes to riding in a helicopter!

Once you are comfortably strapped in, the instructor will perform the last run of checks. If you've never been in a heli before, you might be struck how noisy it is and your first take off is sure to be an eye opener. You slowly rise up vertically for a few metres, then as you feel the chopper lean forward, you accelerate off into forward flight.

After gaining cruising height and speed, your pilot will introduce you to each of the three basic helicopter controls (including that all important cyclic we mentioned earlier!), demonstrating their use and effect. Your time in the helicopter isn't just for enjoying the ride, you will actually be at the controls too, so listen carefully to those instructions!

You will learn about pitching the nose of the helicopter up or down, or rolling from left or right. You'll grip what is known as the collective, which you move up and down to make the helicopter do likewise. Your feet will be on the rudder pedals, controlling the direction in which the helicopter is pointing. There's a lot to think about when it comes to handling a helicopter!

If there's one thing you'll be certain of after your ride, it'll be that helicopters are not easy to handle, but great fun to try, especially with the reassuring presence of an experienced, qualified instructor next to you. Of course, they all have full dual controls and with patient instruction, most people are able to achieve a degree of control within the period of a 30 minute ride.

If you'd like a more in-depth lesson than offered on these helicopter rides, then try our Nationwide 60 Minute Helicopter Flights, where the rides are longer and you'll be able to gain more experience.


  • Weekdays and weekends throughout they year
  • Specific days are subject to availability and weather conditions at your chosen location


  • Current available locations, may be subject to change
  • Berkshire   Maidenhead - White Waltham Airfield
  • Herefordshire   Leominster - Shobdon Aerodrome
  • Kent   Manston - Kent International Airport
  • Leicestershire   Leicester Airport
  • North Lincolnshire   - Humberside International Airport
  • Nottinghamshire   Nottingham Heliport
  • Nottinghamshire   Tollerton - Nottingham City Airport
  • Powys  Welshpool - Mid Wales Airport
  • South Yorkshire   Doncaster - Robin Hood Airport
  • West Yorkshire   Leeds - Leeds Heliport

Suitable For

  • Minimum age 14
  • Under 18s must be accompanied on the airfield by an adult
  • Height restrictions: minimum 4ft 6ins, maximum 6ft ins
  • Weight restrictions: maximum 16 stone (15 stone at Doncaster - Robin Hood Airport)


  • Spectators are always welcome to watch from a designated area and watch take off and landing

Anything Else

  • Most venues provide viewing areas, refreshments and toilets however facilities vary depending on location


Average Rating 5
Total Reviews 11
Recommend to Friend 10
7 months ago
I purchased the helicopter experience for my husband for our wedding anniversary and he absolutely loved it! It was truly an amazing experience! We flew out in Kent and the views were beautiful! Our instructor was very helpful and informative! My husband is now considering to take further lessons! Would highly recommend to anyone who is interested!
9 months ago
I had an amazing time flying the helicopter! Would love to do it again sometime!
about 3 years ago
Enjoyable experience. Would love to do it again and half-tempted to get a licence!
Raymond Townsend
about 4 years ago
An excellent flight. Easy to book, great instructor.
about 5 years ago
Great experience. Went to Shoreham and booking was all easy, pilot great instructor and understood need for photos etc. Half hour was a good amount of time for a first time experience.
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30 Minute Helicopter Lessons
30 Minute Flight plus Briefing - Nationwide Venues
Total Price£199.00
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