Learn to Fly a Helicopter
Long Beach Airport; Long Beach, CA
Year Round availability, 7 days per week, 9:00am-5:00pm
- Flight instructor is certified by the FAA
- Take the controls of the most popular instruction helicopter in the world - a Robinson R-22
- Experience begins with 30 minutes of ground instruction. Learn straight and level flight, climbing, descending, and hovering during the actual flight.
- Enjoy breathtaking views of the California landscape
- No experience necessary
Have you always dreamed of taking the controls of a beautiful helicopter and soaring upward toward the sky? Now is your chance to learn the basics of how to fly a helicopter with this fun and exhilarating experience!
You'll be learning from and flying with a FAA certified flight instructor with vast experience. You'll start with 30 minutes of ground instruction covering safety and helicopter operations. Next, it's time to climb aboard and fly.
While in flight, you'll have the opportunity to try straight and level flight, climbs, turns and descents, plus the most memorable - hovering!
So prepare to experience a feeling few in the world ever have, the sensation of manning the controls of an airborne helicopter!
Participants must weigh less than 220 lbs. No experience necessary. Must be 12 years of age or older.
Approximately 30 minutes of ground school followed by 30 or 60 minutes of flight time. Total time of experience up to 2 hours.
One student per helicopter
Not allowed in the helicopter, but are welcome to come and watch or take pictures and view the takeoff.
This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the Experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions. In the event of inclement weather, your pilot will work with you to reschedule your experience.
What to Wear:
Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for weather conditions; flat rubber-soled shoes are recommended.
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 72 hours prior to your experience, failure to appear on your booked date or to reschedule at least 72 hours 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.
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"SO much fun! I went out of Long Beach and you get a wonderful view of the Pike and the Queen Mary. The instructor was very good at explaining the workings of the helicopter and gives you the controls in segments. I am over 6' tall so the cabin was a little cramped, but I managed. Only regret: didn't take enough pictures/video."
"I was extremely satisfied with my Instructor and the experience she provided me. I was very impressed with the familiarization briefing as well as the actual flight. My instructor was very knowledgeable and and made me feel very comfortable with her assurance. I would readily recommend this adventure and my instructor."
"I thoroughly enjoyed everything about the experience. The pilot made it a very interesting time and I would do it again. The trip was a Christmas present and think this is a great idea for a gift to anyone."