Thurston Helicopters - Trial Helicopter Flying Lessons


Thurston offer 25, 40 or 60 minute trial lessons and half day introductory courses from Headcorn Aerodrome. The trial lessons and half day courses both count towards the 45 hour PPL(H) which are ideal for those who may not have flown in a helicopter before and want to experience the exhilaration of helicopter flight.

If you are interested in gaining your PPL(H), then the half day introductory course is for you. With two hours of flying and accompanying pre and post flight briefings, it is a great introduction to the course or a fantastic gift.

Trial helicopter flying lessons:


This includes a pre-flight briefing on basic helicopter procedures and aircraft controls, pre-flight inspection, plus start-up and shut-down procedures. Whilst in the air, you will be instructed in level flight, turns, power changes and a short introduction to hovering, under your instructor's tuition.

Trial Robinson R22 helicopter (2 seater) lesson prices (Updated January 1 2015 and subject to change due to rising fuel prices): Trial Robinson R44 helicopter (4 seater) lesson prices (Updated January 1 2015 and subject to change due to rising fuel prices):

In all cases please note that Height and weight restrictions apply, please contact us for more details.


As the Robinson R44 is a four seater aircraft, you may wish to share your lesson with friends or family however please note that these flights are conducted as a lesson, with only the front seat passenger taking the controls during the flight.

Half day introductory helicopter courses:


Once you've experienced a trial lesson, you may still be unsure if the private pilots licence is for you. To help you make up your mind Thurston now offer a half day introductory course. This includes two hours of helicopter flight time, pre and post briefings which cover effects of the controls, power and attitude changes, turns, climbs and descents, and an introduction to hovering, perhaps the most challenging part of helicopter flying.

Robinson R22 half day introductory course price (Updated January 1 2015) and subject to change due to rising fuel prices: Robinson R44 half day introductory course price (Updated January 1 2015) and subject to change due to rising fuel prices:

Additional information:


Prices include VAT at 20% - prices are subject to change due to fluctuating oil prices and if you are paying by credit card, an additonal charge of 2% applies. Height and weight restrictions apply, please contact us for more details.

If you would like to know a bit more about the controls of a helicopter and to see some images of a helicopter control panel then click here.

Should you wish to buy a trial helicopter lesson or a half day introductory Robinson R22 or Robinson R44 course as a gift you can either contact us, or click on gift vouchers below:
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