Trial Flying lessons at Bristol Airport.
Trial Lessons (TL’s) commonly known by other terminology (Helicopter lessons, learn to fly a helicopter, how to fly a helicopter, helicopter training, helicopter flying lessons, helicopter lessons, helicopter flight training, flying experience, flying a helicopter or helicopter training schools) essentially mean the same thing i.e. you actually take the controls and fly the helicopter!
Any trial lesson flight is deductible from min 45 hours required to obtain your Private Pilots Helicopter licence. So if you fly a 1 hour trial lesson, and you continue to take helicopter flying lessons, your minimum hours to achieve your helicopter licence would then be 44!
Trial Lesson (learn to fly a helicopter) Briefing Approx 20 minutes
Start in our briefing room with your qualified helicopter instructor, and enjoy a full briefing (over a cup of coffee/tea), on how each control works and their effect on how the helicopter flies.
You will then be taken out onto the airfield for a walk-a-round of the helicopter where your instructor will give you an explanation about how the machine works and point out items of interest relevant to the upcoming flight.
Once you are sat in the helicopter, the instructor will give you your first feel of the controls and an explanation of the various dials, switches and instruments in the cockpit.
Trial Lesson Flight (30,45 or 60 minutes)
Your instructor will perform the start and radio calls to Bristol Tower before lifting into the hover and taxiing for departure. After take off, your instructor will climb to around 1500ft, level off and show you how each of the controls work, one by one.
Then you will be given control of the helicopter with your instructor close at hand!
Rotorflight Trial Lessons usually depart towards the Clifton Suspension Bridge and up the River Avon towards the Severn Estuary and the two Severn Bridges. If you are happy to, your instructor will show you more of what the helicopter can do such as autorotations, steep turns, slow flight to almost a hover and practice landings.
You will continue to fly the helicopter back to the airport where your instructor will take over for the approach and taxi to the hovering area. Here your instructor will show you some hovering and then let you have a go! Finally your instructor will land the aircraft and perform the shut down.