Helicopter Rides & Lessons in the UK with Into The Blue
Get your first taste of rotary aviation on these fantastic helicopter lessons. We offer a full range of lesson durations, from a 15-minute flight around the local area, to a full one-hour trial lesson. Flights depart from helipads, airfields and international airports around the country. All schools are Civil Aviation Authority registered and the pilot instructors are all highly experienced with many hours of helicopter flying under their belts (or should we say blades!). Once airborne, you will be given the opportunity to have a go at the controls and you might get to try hovering (maintaining a steady position and altitude), which isn’t as easy as it looks, but is great fun. Read more...
• Helicopter flights for two out of Elstree Aerodrome • A helicopter lesson with room for a passenger too • A 30 min lesson with plenty of time at the controls • Celebrate with chocolates & a glass of fizz after
• Take off from Kent International (Manston) Airport • Heli flying at a busy cargo and passenger airport • Great views for friends & family coming to watch • Fly over Ramsgate & around the Kent coastal region
• Heli lessons from Dunkeswell nr Honiton in Devon • 839ft above sea level, airfield is highest in UK • Learn how to fly a two seater Sikorsky helicopter • All budding pilots presented with a certificate
• Heli lessons from Shobdon Airfield, Herefordshire • Fly 2 seat Robinson R22 or 5 seat turbine Jetranger • Helicopter training school established in 1992 • School boasts excellent facilities & expert tuition
• Learn to fly drones in an arena near Loughborough • This is the world's first indoor drone flying centre • Discover FPV (First Person View) drone flying • Mini drone hire, goggle set & teaching all included
These helicopter lessons are a great introduction to helicopters. Whether you have dreams of being a helicopter pilot, or just want to feel the sensation of being in a chopper at least once in your life, we’ve got flights to suit all budgets at locations around the UK.
Who it’s not for
If you’re really not keen on flying, a helicopter experience might not be for you. Similarly, if you’re more interested in seeing the sights from the air than actually having a go at flying the helicopter, you may prefer our sightseeing tours that offer sensational itineraries all over the country.
A 15-minute helicopter flight lesson comes in at less than £100. In the UK there are hundreds of helicopter training schools. We offer these lessons to give you a taste of what flying a helicopter is like. They're also a great way to see if you like it before forking out lots of money on pilot training.
Can I take a passenger with me?
Most of our helicopter suppliers offer flights in both two seater and four seater helis. In the larger four seaters there are rear seats in the cabin and often (subject to your instructor pilot being in agreement) you can invite a passenger to fly with you in the rear seats.
How long does a trial lesson last?
We offer flights that last between 15- and a 60-minutes. Even on the shorter durations there will be time for you to take the controls and fly the chopper yourself. On the longer flights your lesson will follow the first part of helicopter pilot training syllabus.
Can I fly a helicopter when pregnant?
Read with the policy of each individual helicopter flight school we have listed, but in general women in their third trimester should check with a medical professional before booking on the experience.
Will I get motion sickness on my helicopter lesson?
Flying in a helicopter is a very different sensation to flying in your typical commercial airliner. If you suffer from motion sickness generally, the chances are you might also suffer when riding in a helicopter. If you are in any doubt, please contact us.
What type of helicopters are used for lessons?
Many of our helicopter schools use Robinson R22 and Guimbal Cabri G2s as they two seater training helicopters and the Robinson R44 as the four seater. They are all dual-controlled and are some of the most popular, stable and easy to fly helicopters used around the world for lessons and training.
Will my lesson still go ahead if it’s raining?
Poor visibility due to fog, rain and high winds may postpone your lesson. If it does, check the school’s policy on cancelled flights, but they will most likely postpone and rebook you for another slot.
Are there height and weight restrictions for flying in a helicopter?
Yes. Smaller two seaters have a weight limit of around 100kg and those more than 6ft3” will struggle to get in this type of helicopter. Limits are usually greater on the larger four seater aircraft. You will also need to be agile enough to climb into the cockpit.
Should I bring a camera along with me?
As long as the pilot is OK with it, you are welcome to bring cameras on your flight. Some operators offer packages that include onboard footage. Friends and family can usually come out to the helicopter on the ground before your flight to take photos, then head to safe area to take pics or film your take off - and landing!
Where can I take helicopter lessons?
We have Civil Aviation Authority-approved helicopter flying schools around the country wanting to take you out on your very first helicopter lesson. Some of our most popular trial lesson locations include: