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Pilot Experience - You Fly The Helicopter!

Pilot Experience - You Fly The Helicopter!

Regular price $432.00
Regular price Sale price $432.00
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Your 2 hour Experience includes:

🚁 30 or 45 minute Private Flight

🎓 Theory Lesson on Helicopter Flight

🌆 Fly Yourself around Melbourne

🏅 Flight counts towards a real Pilot License

👩‍✈️ Flight is for One Person only

👩‍✈️ Suitable for Everyone aged 17 - 100

📍 Flights depart Essendon Airport (20 mins from CBD)

🥇 Melbourne's #1 Rated Helicopter Company

Not sure when you'd like to fly?

Learn to fly a helicopter in Melbourne — The first step to becoming a Helicopter Pilot.

Learn to fly a helicopter with a helicopter flight training experience under the supervision of an experienced instructor — no experience necessary!

Your helicopter flight training begins with a briefing on how to fly a helicopter and the primary controls — the cyclic, pedals and collective.  After take off your instructor will pass you each of the controls until you’re flying your own helicopter scenic flight over Melbourne! If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to fly a helicopter or how to become a helicopter pilot, this is the ultimate way to learn to fly a helicopter.

The learn to fly a helicopter experience involves a 30 minute helicopter scenic flight over Melbourne or a 45 minute flight where you learn to hover a helicopter — one of the most difficult skills to master to become a helicopter pilot and to learn to fly a helicopter.

Earning the first hour of your helicopter pilot license

  • 2 hour experience including a 1 hour theory lesson on helicopter controls and flying dynamics
  • Take-off from Essendon Airport towards Melbourne CBD
  • You take control and fly the helicopter!
  • Fly over Melbourne CBD, Station Pier, Albert Park & the MCG
  • If you choose our 45 minute flight option, spend up to 15 minutes learning to hover above the ground (much harder than it sounds!)

Important Notes for New Pilot Flights

  • These are designed for one person only and flown in a 2-seater helicopter, which means there’s just enough room for you and your Flight Instructor. However, family and friends are welcome to watch the take-off and landing from our lounge.
  • Your requested time for this flight may need to be confirmed after booking, to ensure we can allocate a qualified Instructor and training helicopter. We’ll contact you within 72 hours if we need to adjust the date or time you requested.

🏷️ Pricing Information

How much does a Pilot Experience - You Fly The Helicopter! cost?

Pilot Experience - You Fly The Helicopter! 30 min Flight
(per person)
45 min Flight + Learn to Hover
(per person)

🎟️ Important Booking Information

Where are you located?

Your flight will depart from Essendon Airport which is 20 minutes from Melbourne CBD by car. Your departure point will either be Hangar 7 Wirraway Rd, Essendon Fields or the Essendon Passenger Terminal depending on your flight. Please refer to your booking confirmation email for your departure location. Both locations have off-street parking available.

When should I arrive?

Please arrive 10 minutes before your booking begins for a relaxed experience.

Can bad weather prevent us from flying?

Yes, adverse weather conditions such as low cloud, fog, heavy rain or high winds may require your flight to be delayed or rescheduled. If this is the case, your pilot will contact you at least 2 hours prior to your booking time to reschedule your flight. If your flight cannot go ahead due to bad weather and you wish to cancel, we'll provide a full refund minus any credit card processing fees we've paid on your behalf.

Google says there's will be bad weather on the day. Should I reschedule?

There's no need to contact us to reschedule based on a weather forecast as they're often inaccurate! We use live weather data on the day of your flight to determine if flights can be conducted safely.

Why do I need to provide my weight?

We use this to calculate the weight and balance of the helicopter prior to flight. If you have any guests weighing over 130kg (300lb) or a group of 2 or 3 guests weigh more than 240kg (530lb) combined, please contact us prior to booking.

What is the minimum age requirement for children?

Children aged 2 years or older can occupy their own seat. Our pilots will give them special attention to ensure they have an amazing time. All children will have their own window seat and pay the same seat price (we don't offer discounts for children as we make sure they have even more fun than the adults 😁)

Can I use my camera or phone during flight?

Yes, we encourage you to take as many photos and videos on the ground, and in the air, as possible.

What should I wear?

Please bring a pair of sunglasses and you're welcome to wear clothing appropriate to the weather. We do recommend a wind-breaker jacket on cooler or windy days to keep your warm.

Can I bring any luggage?

Light handbags and small backpacks weighing less than 5kg can be carried. For any larger items please contact us prior to your flight.

Can I fly if I'm pregnant?

Yes, and we recommend flying prior to your third trimester.

Can I fly if I'm in a wheelchair?

Yes, our hangar is wheelchair-accessible and we warmly welcome passengers with special needs, as long as a carer accompanies them on their flight. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Do you provide a wheelchair for disabled passengers?

We partner with Fisher Lane Mobility in Melbourne, which provides wheelchair rental as well as delivery and pickup services from our hangar. Wheelchairs can only be carried in larger aircraft suitable for 4 or more passengers as they include a cargo hold. Please contact FLM to confirm availability of a suitable wheelchair for your planned date of travel.

☔ Bad Weather & Cancellation Policy

What happens if there's bad weather on the day of my flight?

  • We really want you to enjoy your experience, so we only fly when the weather allows a safe and comfortable flight. If there's bad weather (low cloud, heavy rain, high winds) on the day, we may need to delay or reschedule your flight. We’ll work with you to choose a new date, or allow you to reschedule at your convenience.
  • If your flight cannot go ahead due to bad weather or an operational issue and you wish to cancel, we'll provide a full refund minus any credit card processing fees we've paid on your behalf..

    Can I reschedule or cancel my booking if my plans change?

    • You can reschedule or cancel up to 72 hours before departure. If you choose to cancel, we'll provide you with a full refund minus a 10% cancellation fee.

    Are Buy Now, Book Later and Gift Vouchers refundable?

    • Buy Now, Book Later and Gift voucher purchases are non-refundable, valid for 3 years, and can be used towards any flight across all our locations.
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    Customer Reviews

    Based on 6 reviews
    R.W. (Victoria, Australia)
    Pilot Experience - You Fly The Helicopter with Rotor One

    It’s such an amazing experience. The view was Epic, especially when I picked a perfect day. 17 degree outside, feeling very comfortable wearing T-shirt in helicopter.
    Jason is a wonderful instructor, very experienced and patient. I was a bit concerned that I’ll vomit during the fly, but it turned out very smooth and comfortable. I was in control for a while, and it’s insanely fun. Highly recommended to everyone.

    Lesa Casey (Victoria, Australia)
    My Husband Flew The Helicopter

    Incredible. Faultless service and awesome experience. Training Pilot Wing was absolutely awesome and included the family. My husband loved doing the training and taking control of the Helicoper. Thank you so much!

    Shane Barden (Victoria, Australia)
    Rotor One's Pilot Experience - You Fly The Helicopter!

    Well worth it. The experience was better than expected. Highly recommended.

    S.C. (Victoria, Australia)
    Pilot Experience - You Fly The Helicopter!

    Best experience! My partner was well looked after from beginning to end.

    Thomas Rim (Western Australia, Australia)
    Learn to Fly a Helicopter in Melbourne

    Like trying to balance a plate on your head while flying through the sky. Incredible fun!

    Travis McCallum (New Taipei, Taiwan)
    One of the best things I’ve ever done.

    This was a birthday gift from my cousins, and it was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I have always wanted to fly a helicopter, and Gray was an excellent teacher. What a great day, the view is spectacular, and the feeling of 360 degree freedom is something you can’t explain. I absolutely loved it.

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