30 Minute Helicopter Trial Flight in Hampshire

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Enjoy a flying visit to the Hampshire airwaves with this 30 minute helicopter trial flight that sees budding pilots get a feel for the controls of a Robinson R22 helicopter and navigate their way through the open skies. Begin with a classroom briefing, which covers the effects of the helicopter controls and essential health and safety information. Then, hop into the cockpit along with a qualified instructor, for some hands-on action. Get off to a flying start, by mastering upper air handling, before focusing on low level exercises, such as how to hover. Begin with just one control at a time, then, once confident, take on multiple controls. Enjoy half an hour of flying, before descending back to Solent Airport. Time flies when you’re having fun!


Daily throughout the year. Excludes the Christmas and New Year period.


Helicopter flying is weather dependent. In the event of a cancellation, reschedule the flight directly with the venue.

How long does the experience last?

Expect to be at the venue for up to an hour, including a classroom briefing and around 30 minutes in the helicopter, from engines-on to engines-off. This includes warm-up, take-off and landing.

How many other people?

Briefings may be shared. The flight is held one a one-to-one basis with the instructor.

Can I take people to watch?

Spectators are welcome to watch you take off and land. A pair of binoculars or a camera will come in handy. There is a cafe on site for refreshments. Disabled access is available for spectators.

What do I wear?

Please bear in mind that the cockpit can get quite warm and dress accordingly. Sunglasses are recommended all year round.

Are there any restrictions?

Minimum age is 14. Under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Maximum weight is 14 stone. Unfortunately, this is not suitable for disabled participants.

Anything Else?

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.

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