Helicopter Flights & Training in Headcorn, Kent | 01622 891158
Helicopter Flights & Training in Headcorn, Kent
01622 891158

Trial Helicopter Flying Lessons

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Try it!

Thurston offer 25, 40 or 60 minute Trial Lessons and Half Day Introductory Courses from Headcorn Aerodrome.


All courses count towards the 45 hour PPL(H) - an ideal introduction for those who may not have flown in a helicopter before and want to experience the exhilaration of helicopter flight.

If you have a clear interest in gaining your PPL(H), then the half day introductory course is for you. 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. This is the most comprehensive introduction to Helicopter Flying and makes a fantastic gift.
Please note weight and height limitations apply; all flights are subject to weight & balance calculations.

  • R22 (2 seater) - maximum 15.7 stone (99.7 Kilo) & 6’4”
  • R44 (4 seater) - any one passenger: maximum 20 stone (127 Kilo) & 6’7”
  • R44 (4 seater) - combined passenger weight must not exceed 35 Stone / 223 Kilos

Trial Lesson Prices

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.

R22 (2 Seater) Trial Lessons

25 Minute Trial Lesson
40 Minute Trial Lesson
60 Minute Trial Lesson
Half Day Course
25 Minute Trial Lesson
£189.00
40 Minute Trial Lesson
£264.00
60 Minute Trial Lesson
£378.00
Half Day Course
£672.00
£189.00
£264.00
£368.00
£672.00

R44 (4 seater) Trial Lessons

25 Minute Trial Lesson
40 Minute Trial Lesson
60 Minute Trial Lesson
Half Day Course
25 Minute Trial Lesson
£274.00
40 Minute Trial Lesson
£379.00
60 Minute Trial Lesson
£554.00
Half Day Course
£995.00
£274.00
£379.00
£554.00
£995.00

Additional Information

  • Prices are valid from 2019 and include VAT at the current rate.
  • In all cases please note that height and weight restrictions apply - detailed above.
  • 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.
  • To find out more about helicopter controls visit our CONTROLS page.

How to Purchase

To purchase a Trial Lesson or a Half Day Introductory Course, please CONTACT US or visit our GIFT VOUCHERS page.
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