Learn to Fly a Helicopter
Oakland County Airport, Waterford, MI
Daily - 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
*Pending pilot availability
- Highly experienced FAA Certified Flight Instructor with thousands of hours of flight time
- Take the controls of the most popular instruction helicopters in the world - a Robinson R-22 or a larger R-44
- Learn the basics of flight control, instrumentation, start-up, take-off procedures and more
- Get ready for the experience of a lifetime! You are about to fly a helicopter!
- No experience necessary
Your experience begins with a pre-flight briefing where your Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) will explain how the helicopter flies, and how the flight controls work.
After the briefing, you will be taken out to a state of the art Robinson 22 or Robinson 44 helicopter where your instructor will explain the main components and strap you in for your first flying lesson.
Your instructor will talk you through the start-up procedure and take-off and once airborne, will hand the controls over to you. Now, here comes the exciting part - you are flying the helicopter!
The ultimate introduction to the exciting world of vertical flight!
To fly in the R-22 helicopter the participant must weigh no more than 220 lbs.
To fly in the R-44 helicopter the participant must weigh no more than 300 lbs.
The helicopters have heating.
Approximately 1 hour of flight time
1 per helicopter
Allowed, friends and family are encouraged to come watch! They might not be able to see the entire flight but can see the takeoff and landing.
This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the Experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What to Wear:
Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for weather conditions.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 7-14 days in advance.
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9's standard return and exchange policy shall apply. Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, no refunds will be given. Rescheduling is allowed up to 14 days prior to your experience, failure to appear on your booked date or to reschedule at least 14 days prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience. In the event your experience is canceled due to inclement weather you will reschedule your experience directly with your experience provider.
Is there a weight restriction?
To fly in the R-22 helicopter the participant must weigh no more than 220 lbs, and to fly in the R-44 helicopter the participant must weigh no more than 300 lbs.
Can I bring a passenger?
No, only one person per helicopter.
Do I need previous experience?
No, this hands on lesson is designed for beginners.
What if my flight is cancelled due to weather?
We always recommend contacting your pilot on the day of your experience if you have any concerns regarding weather. In the event your flight is cancelled due to weather you can reschedule directly with your pilot.
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"Great experience! For many years, I wanted to get some helicopter flight instruction. The experience provided was far above what was expected! The instructor, Myrl, was a true professional. He explained exactly what the experience would be. During the pre-flight, he explained the process completely. Although I have previous flight experience and am familiar with the basic process, Myrl never took any shortcuts or took anything for granted. During warm-up, Myrl explained the differences between airplane flight and helicopter flight. Once we got tower clearance, we were off! After a few simple instructions, Myrl allowed me to fly the helicopter. He was always there when needed but basically allowed me to fly. We spent about an hour flying, flew over familiar landmarks and had a really great time. Our weather and visibility were terrific, which added to the experience. This was a great experience and I would recommend it for anyone who really wants a "hands-on" helicopter flight experience."
"My wife got me this "Learn to Fly a Helicopter" as a Christmas present. At the time, I was 20 lbs over the weight limit to fly the R-22. This gave me great incentive to get back into shape. A few months and 32 lbs lighter, I booked my experience. I met with Alan who (after a brief discussion) took me out on the flight line looking at the aircraft. I was a little stunned when he had me do the start-up procedures and explained the controls. In less than 5 minutes after lift-off, he had me controlling and flying the helicopter! Yikes! Helicopters are not airplanes, and if you screw up by not keeping the energy and RPM's in the rotors, there is very little room for recovery and you'll drop out of the sky. Alan was very calm as we set down in a grassy area (surrounded by trees) to practice hovering. Being only 10-20 feet off the ground may sound nice, but when he had me controlling the cyclic and rudders, I didn't want to send us into the trees. We flew up and out, checking the sights north of Detroit before coming back in for a great landing. The controls are very sensitive, and for anyone going for this experience, I say relax your hands on your legs as you maneuver the collective and cyclic sticks. I was able to take a break, and take some great photographs of my experience. Thanks to Alan, the helicopter company, and Cloud 9 Living; I am looking into taking more experiences and perhaps some flying lessons!!"
"It was lots of fun. Allen, the instructor, was patient and very good."