Learn to Fly a Helicopter

Los Angeles, CA

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Learn what it takes to fly a helicopter with the help of an FAA certified flight instructor by your side!
  • No experience necessary
  • Flight lesson will begin with 60 minutes of ground school followed by 30 minutes of flight
  • Learn straight and level flight, climbing, descending and hovering
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the Redondo Beach shoreline below!
Hawthorne Municipal Airprort - Hawthorne, CA
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Daily - 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Essential Information
  • All students and passengers must bring a valid form of identification
  • Weight restrictions apply
  • Robinson R-22 option: maximum weight per person is 240 pounds
  • Robinson R-44 option: maximum weight per person is 300 pounds
  • Your pilot will provide protective headsets for each passenger
Approximately 60 minutes of ground school followed by 30 minutes of flight time. Plan to be at the airport for about 2 hours.
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Maximum Participants
Up to 1 student for the R-22 option. Up to 1 student and up to 2 passengers for the R-44 option, pending weight restrictions.
Spectators welcome to watch and take photos from the patio and lounge area.
Weather Dependent
This experience is weather dependent. In the event of inclement weather, you will reschedule directly with your pilot. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What To Wear
Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for weather conditions. Flat rubber-soled shoes are recommended.
Do I need experience?
No experience is needed to Learn to Fly a Helicopter near Los Angeles. A certified FAA flight instructor will be with you for the entire experience.
What should I bring with me?
All students and passengers must bring a valid form of ID.
Are there any weight restrictions for this experience?
Yes, there are weight restrictions, which vary based on the option selected.
Are there any age restrictions?
No, all ages are welcome. Students under the age of 18 may be require parental consent.

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Cancellation Policy

Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, no refunds will be given. Rescheduling is allowed up to 72 hours prior to your experience, failure to appear on your booked date or to reschedule at least 72 hours prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience. In the event your experience is canceled due to inclement weather you will reschedule your experience directly with your experience provider.

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Customer Reviews

This experience has a customer rating of 3.5
based on 4 reviews.
It all went very well. I might continue the flight training.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Paul, Thank you for your lovely review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience so much that you are considering continuing the flight training! We love hearing from you and can't wait to hear about more amazing adventures you go on! Cheers, Julissa
Outstanding learning experience! Mike the pilot was exceptional in the classroom instruction and flight. We flew around 800 feet over Los Angeles demonstrating in flight controls and maneuvers allowing me to make adjustments while Mike maintained control. This followed by runway hovering practical instruction with me trying to keep the helicopter in position. Would recommend Star Helicopters to anyone wanting a great flying experience.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hi Michael, thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience with us! It sounds like you learned so much and we are so glad it turned out to be an outstanding learning experience. I will be sure to let Mike know you enjoyed learning how to fly a helicopter with him. We hope you have an absolutely wonderful rest of your week! Kindest, Kelsey
I very much enjoyed the helicopter lesson run by Star Helicopters. They were very responsive and accommodating with the booking and friendly and courteous throughout the experience. My pilot and instructor was Michael Ajalat. Mike was very thorough and professional both in the classroom and flight training. This might otherwise have been a five-star rating had it not been for the following. I think that the actual flight time of 30 minutes is very short, especially when compared to the airplane flying lesson that is offered by Cloud 9. In that lesson, the flight time is 45 to 60 minutes with a price that is $175 less than the helicopter lesson. The second issue is that we hovered at our liftoff area for 10 minutes waiting for tower clearance, which shortened my flight time to 20 minutes. I should think there is some way to get clearance before lifting off so that this doesn’t happen. Like I said, otherwise this was a a very enjoyable experience.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hi Lou, Thank you so much for taking the time to share this experience with us. I want to apologize that you feel your Learn to Fly was not long enough, 30 minutes does seem short when compared to some of our longer Learn to Fly an airplane experiences, however we hope that you do take into account how different the two types of aircrafts are.  Rotary-wing aircrafts, helicopters, has a lot more moving parts than a fixed-wing aircraft, so they require more fuel than airplanes to stay aloft. More fuel increases the cost of operation. As for hovering, it is a defining characteristic of a helicopter, making it the most important maneuver to master in flight training. For safety, all aircrafts must receive a final clearance from the tower before taking off as things are changing every second in the air. For helicopters this requires some time hovering, and unfortunately during your flight it took 10 minuets to receive the final go-ahead from the tower. A frustration that pilots are very used to themselves.  Aside from those disconnects, we are so glad that you had such a great experience with our flight school, they definitely are the best at what they do and I will let Mike know you enjoyed his instruction. Regards, Cloud 9 Living Team  
I went today with my husband since it was his birthday and our wedding anniversary. The staff was nice, but they had a huge mistake. I paid 575 dollars for him to learn how to fly a helicopter and for me to be on the ride with him, with the pilot as well. When we got there, the pilot told us we had the small helicopter which was only for my husband and him. I asked him, I thought I was going to the helicopter as well, and he even joked about it. So I was very frustrated to buy something that was not what I had in mind. They left, and I had to wait for approximately 35-40 minutes. I asked the person who was inside, and she told me it was the pilot's fault. I preferred just to get the refund for me which was 200 dollars. And just went outside because I was pretty sad and frustrated. When the pilot and my husband arrived, I was very upset that I couldn't share the experience with him. They transformed a fantastic experience that I'd had in mind into something really disappointing. I would have expected for them to tell me that for the 200 dollars more, they would give me the experience that I had bought. But they didn't, just offered that if I booked again, they could make a discount. They made my day, and my wedding anniversary, the worst that I've had. Oliver (my husband) had an amazing experience, but for me it was not what I imagined thanks to the helicopter company's mistakes. The experience from your Cloud 9 Living service, though, was amazing --- best attitude and best customer service when booking for it. Thank you.
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