Yaaaaahooooo! Huge thanks to Adventure 001 for an awesome aviation adventure! After oodles of research (buying several helicopter books and visiting local aerodromes...) I finally booked an hours lesson (thanks to my brother Rob) at Redhill Aerodrome (Surrey) in a Robinson R22 Helicopter. The Capt. (pilot) was fantastic and had an enthusiastic manner, giving clear instructions on the basics of flying a chopper. I had read up a little and think he was pleased with my knowledge (he tested me on one aspect of rotary flying) I got to fly over the Superb Surrey countryside as the pilot demonstated some of the exitin' manouvers a helicopter is capable of - including an 'auto rotation' (simulated engine failure) with 'power recovery' I then had a go at all the controls one at a time before being given the chance to fly the chopper myself for a while! I felt like Howlin' Mad Murdock from the A-Team...as I told the actor who played Murdock-Dwight Schultz when I was lucky enough to meet him at a Convention recently!)....I would love to fly some more....maybe re-train as a chopper pilot!...too many 'earth pounds' at present...who knows....) Oh well, Anyhoo, heh,heh,heh - I have 1 hour logged on my private pilots licence and the pilot wrote 'Good start, nice straight and level flying' on my certificate..nice! My brother videod the takeoff/landin', have put on my channel on Youtube.....What an amazing Adventure001 experience indeed! I love it when a plan comes together...! Thanks again, It was fun...more importantly it was educational! Howlin' Mad Emma.
In May 2011, Keith W said:
The word I would use to describe my experience is ' awesome' lol. Even better than I imagined. I have always had an interest in helicopters since a young boy and actually making it come true I will never forget. I thought I got on very well with Shaun Baker (can you please thank him) he was so easy to get on with and understand. He explained all the aspects of flying the R22 in a way that I understood fully. I am sure I will be booking another flight and not just waiting for one as a present lol. My partner took some photos and am just waiting to get them electronically, I would have no objections in you using them on your website or for promotional material if you want them. On the whole I thought from walking into the flight centre it was a very professional experience.
In May 2011, Paul H said:
I throughly enjoyed my experience and still telling people about it now feel it was one of the best things I have ever done and found the staff to be very friendly and organised which made my day more special and one I won't forget. Thanks again for making my experience very special!
In May 2011, Martin K said:
It was fabulous! Arrived and very well looked after with a cup of tea and food if I had wanted. Tony our pilot was very friendly and informative. Cracking views over the countryside, flew over Harry Redknapp's house (he was out so we did not drop in for tea) then over old Harry Rocks and on to Swanage, absolutely breathtaking. I flew the helicopter back, never thought in my life that I would do that. I was so engrossed in flying we were back before I knew it. A good day and well worth doing, now all I have to do is win the lottery and buy a helicopter and learn to fly.
In May 2011, Alexander W said:
The experience was great! It was a birthday present from my girlfriend and it's the best experience I've had in a helicopter. The half hour flight was excellent and the pilot and ground staff were very helpful and competent. The best bit was that it counted towards my first licence!
In May 2011, Jennifer B said:
My Helicopter experience was fantastic and very exciting. My Pilot was informative on how the helicopter worked and instructions on how to fly was descriptive. Unfortunately my husband was so busy recording me on camcorder he forgot to take photos. Thank you for a wonderful day.
In May 2011, Jason B said:
It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience that exceeded my expectations. I got the opportunity to try out all the controls of the Helicopter and was allowed to both take-off and land with minimal guidance. During the flight, despite not wanting to look away from the controls I did manage to capture the fantastic scenery of the Surrey countryside and the sight of London in the distance. The service I received and the instructor that flew with me were fantastic and I would highly recommend this experience to anyone. Many thanks for your time and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
In May 2011, Steve S said:
Hi, Just a note to say thanks all of you for a great helicopter experience on Saturday. I really enjoyed the flight, the instruction was very good and I experienced far more than I thought I would. (and am sorely tempted to continue!) Myself and family thought the venue was perfect, very professional and very friendly. It was great the way all of us were looked after. I may well see you again in the future. Many thanks from all of us.
In May 2011, Wendy G said:
I would like to thank you for the service received from you for the above experience booked by myself for my husband's 50th birthday. On trying to book there was no calendar to book from so he emailed you to try to get a booking. Within five mins of sending the email he had a telephone call and had the experience booked for him for the following week! Excellent customer service. The trial lesson was perfect and the whole experience was definitely one to remember, as the whole family went along to watch too. I have already booked another experience as a gift and would highly recommend you. Thank you very much. Wendy
In May 2011, Deb M said:
Thanks for all your help – what an excellent service, we'll be using your company again! Regards Deb
In May 2011, Sally T said:
I've done this trial lesson and loved it so much. Now I want to get one for my son!
In May 2011, Wendy F said:
Hi Rachel I just wanted to thank you for all your help with the Helicopter lesson. Stephen really enjoyed the experience and is considering taking up lessons to become a pilot! Thanks again.