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    I'm debating getting the girlfriend, who loves helicopters, a trial lesson for her birthday. Just wondering if anyone had done one before and what was it like - just a cheeky 5 minutes on the controls or do you actually get to do a lot of flying? Cheers!

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      Not sure about heli's but had trial lesson on a fixed wing. Was able to take off and fly the thing for a trip over Sussex. In air for about 50 mins. Landing by the tutor though. Probably wise.
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      Absolutely fantastic. Did it for my 50th, present from the girlfriend. Only got about 15 minutes actual flying it myself though. Nothing can prepare you for its' manoueverabilty (sp) but also how "spit and sawdust" they really are. Addictive though, if you want to persue it and get your license it's going to cost about £20.000.00 and thats by 2008 prices. Mine looked like a Smart car with a javelin stuck up its' a*se.
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      I'm debating getting the girlfriend, who loves helicopters, a trial lesson for her birthday. Just wondering if anyone had done one before and what was it like - just a cheeky 5 minutes on the controls or do you actually get to do a lot of flying? Cheers!
      No....she said she wanted a go on a big chopper
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      A friend of mine got a lesson for his birthday, if memory serves he got about 15/20 minutes at the controls but, once on the ground, couldn't speak highly enough about the whole experience.

      I personally have had a trial lesson in a fixed wing, spent the vast majority at the controls, excellent fun.
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      I'm debating getting the girlfriend, who loves helicopters, a trial lesson for her birthday.
      If I was going, I'd want to learn to fly on a computer first, so I could get the most from the real thing. If you do go for it, perhaps give her the ticket and some computer game she can practice on.
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      If I was going, I'd want to learn to fly on a computer first, so I could get the most from the real thing. If you do go for it, perhaps give her the ticket and some computer game she can practice on.
      Unless it's a full scale, fully articulated simulator a game isn't going to do much good. If you know the actual model she'll be flying that may help, you can get a look at the interface or someone else doing the flight on Youtube. I'm taking my Spitfire stunt pilot course next year at Biggin Hill and I have already watched hours of interface/control and procedure vids.

      However, for a fun hour out in a basic helicopter I wouldn't insist she learns on a computer, may somewhat take away the "fun" element.
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      If it gets draughty don't let her turn the fan off.
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      Unless it's a full scale, fully articulated simulator a game isn't going to do much good.
      Really? Not even knowing the basics of how to control throttle and steer? Flying a helicopter is so alien to me I wouldn't have a clue without practicing first.

      for a fun hour out in a basic helicopter I wouldn't insist she learns on a computer, may somewhat take away the "fun" element.
      I've spent thousands of hours flying planes on a PC, and I don't think that would reduce the fun of flying a real plane, where the sensation would be so different. It might for her, I'm only saying what would work for me.

      I'm taking my Spitfire stunt pilot course next year at Biggin Hill and I have already watched hours of interface/control and procedure vids.
      Wow, that sounds amazing.
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      Wow, that sounds amazing.[/QUOTE]

      I hope so. It's costing enough!! I'm currently working through my disciplines for the stunt register and repro fighter planes piloting is one I hope to achieve. Doing weapons and combat at the moment as my first skill set so a long way to go yet!

      Perhaps the basics would help on a game, couldn't hurt I suppose and he said she likes heli's so she may like it anyway. I yhink we need to see some pics of her to judge properly :-)
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