Have you ever thought about taking flying lessons of one kind or another? You might think first of a light aircraft or a glider, but think again. Helicopters offer a fun and exhilarating challenge to really get your aviation juices flowing. Why not indulge your lust for adventure?
Helicopter flying lessons can really engage your mental faculties in a way that piloting a plane cannot. In a plane you can push a few buttons and the machine is almost capable of flying itself whereas a helicopter is far more whimsical and a great deal of physical and mental coordination is required of the pilot.
The sight-seeing possibilities from a helicopter far surpass those of a plane; with all round visibility you can enjoy a 360 degree panorama. Not only that but helicopters can fly slow and low offering great opportunities to enjoy the views of your choice.
The freedom in a helicopter is truly liberating; the pilot has the scope to land in a great many different places and terrains. Not so with a plane, here the pilot is restricted to land strips and airfields.
Helicopters are more exotic flying machines than aeroplanes, and the experience of piloting one is a never to be forgotten thrill.
You might even find yourself excelling at it: think of the career possibilities. There are far more plane pilots than there are trained helicopter pilots so, if you find that you have a talent for the skill, you may find that your services are in demand. The salary of a North Sea helicopter co-pilot begins at £50,000, and from there the pay slope rises steeply as experience is gained, topping off at around £100,000. Moreover, think of the prestige. Becoming a helicopter pilot will impact your life in many unforeseen ways; to an inexperienced lay person the pilot of a helicopter is a rare and dashing individual indeed.
But, are helicopter’s dangerous? Perhaps, in the wrong hands. But taking a few flights with a capable and fully qualified instructor is an exciting, and safe, way to spend a day. There is a reason why many plane pilots want to fly helicopters in their spare time; it’s because they offer a flying experience that cannot be bettered, a real adventure in the air.
There are some drawbacks with helicopters. They are slower than planes and cannot carry the larger weights, nor can the travel so far without refueling. However, taking into account all of the above benefits there can be no doubt that taking a helicopter flying lesson will lead to a far more exhilarating experience than that of a plane.
How is one to go about looking for a good instructor? You want one that is relaxed and who will inspire confidence in the students, one that has good communication skills and who can explain rather than just demonstrate. A good tip is to try a few different instructors at the school of your choice to find the one that suits your temperament and needs.
So why not try some genuine hands-on flying? It’s right there in a helicopter.