Learn to Fly a Helicopter

Broomfield, CO

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Discover the unparalleled thrill of flying a helicopter when you learn to fly near Denver!
  • Fly with an FAA Certified Flight Instructor
  • Start with 30 minutes of ground instruction followed by a pre-flight briefing
  • Take to the air for approximately 40 minutes and practice skills such as straight and level flying, climbing, descending and hovering
  • Enjoy incredible views of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder, Denver and more!
Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport - Broomfield, CO
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Daily - 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Essential Information
  • To fly in the R-22 helicopter the student must weigh no more than 185 lbs
  • To fly in the R-44 helicopter the student cannot exceed 280 lbs
  • Valid government issued photo ID is required
  • Participants must be 16 years or older
  • Parental consent form must be signed for students under 18 years old
  • No experience necessary
Participants can expect to be at the airport for 1.5 hours with approximately 40 minutes of flight time.
Experience Provider Info
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Maximum Participants
This experience is for 1 participant only.
Spectators are welcome to observe take off and landing from a viewing area located at the heliport.
Weather Dependent
This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions. In the event of inclement weather, your pilot will work with you to reschedule your experience.
What To Wear
Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for weather conditions; closed toed shoes required. Loose clothing is not permitted.
What type of helicopter is used for the lesson?

Depending on the option selected, you will fly in a Robinson R-22 or a Robinson R-44 helicopter. Each of the helicopters are maintained to the highest standard, reliable and unique.

Are there any age, height or weight restrictions?

Participants must be at least 16 years of age. Anyone under the age of 18 must have parental consent. There are no height requirements. Participants that weigh more than 185 lbs pounds must choose the Robinson R-44 flight option. Students must not exceed 280 lbs for the R-44.

What if the weather is bad?

Safety is the top priority of your flight instructor. In the event of inclement weather, you will work directly with your flight instructor to reschedule. Always contact the experience provider on the day of your flight lesson with any questions regarding weather concerns.

Do I need any experience?

No experience is necessary! This is considered an introductory flight lesson.

Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be returned hassle-free within 30 days. All refunds will be made to the original purchaser.
Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be exchanged for anything else in our marketplace at any time.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs more, you'll simply have to pay the difference. If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs less, you'll have a credit towards your next booking with Virgin Experience Gifts.

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 5
based on 22 reviews.
Pilot was incredibly patient. It was very mentally stimulating and I’m excited to do it again. Thank you! This was an awesome birthday present!
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hey Marlon! Thanks so much for the review, it sounds like you had a blast! I'll be sure to pass your praise along to our partners - they're so comforting and kind, aren't they? You flew a plane! That's awesome. Great work getting out there and giving it a go. Cheers, Jake.
Heli-ops at Rocky Mtn Metro Airport were excellent, professional, great pre-flight briefing, fantastic flight (hands-on!) and very well maintained facility. Great experience that really gives you a feel for what learning to fly a helicopter will be all about....now to save the money to actually follow-up!
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hi there, Tim! That is so wonderful to hear! I always love how accommodating our flight partners are and how they're able to really personalize the experience to whatever you're looking to get out of it. I'm sure you did an awesome job up in the air - hope hovering wasn't too bad, that's always real tough! We'd love to get you out again soon. Cheers, Jake.
It was a wonderful surprise and experience. The instructor and owner couldn’t have been any more professional and kind. Thank you!
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Todd, What an amazing birthday surprise to receive! You truly have an amazing gift giver in your life. I hope you were able to enjoy the scenic views of Colorado. We truly work with the best of the best and I will be sure to pass along your kind words to our partners. Glad you had a great experience and hope we have an opportunity to get you on another adventure! Thanks, Ryan
The Folks at the "Learn to fly a Helicopter" were over the top friendly and helpful. Really a great group of people. I do have time in a fixed wing aircraft as a private pilot, so I do have an idea of what is involved when it comes to flying. The only issue I had was the actual flight time. Most of the pre-flight inspection had already been done before the orientation. It still took about 20 minutes to finish the pre-flight and add oil, and warm up the aircraft. That is understandable. I would rather be thorough and never in a hurry when it comes to checking your aircraft on a pre-flight, but Actual flight time was only 32 minutes. Then another 10 minutes after landing for cool down. I really expected to be in the air for an hour. That simply was not the case. The instructor had the aircraft about half the time we were in the air. I realize you cant learn to fly a helicopter in a half hour or an hour, and I'm not a helicopter pilot... yet, but you cant learn to fly at all, by going hands off. Over all it was a good experience, but a little pricey for amount of time spent in the air.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hi Mike, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts on this experience, as your honest feedback is so appreciated! Wow, I think it's so admirable that you're expanding your pilot skillset to include flying a helicopter. I respect your ambition! It's really great to hear that the staff you encountered were so friendly and helpful as that truly makes an already exciting experience that much better. I completely understand your disappointment in feeling as if your flight time could have been longer; however, I truly hope your time in the sky was memorable nonetheless. I wish you the best of luck on your journey to becoming a helicopter pilot and hope we see you out on another adventure! Warmly, Courtney
Steve was a great instructor. It was definitely one of the highlights of my life. If you love helicopters, this is for you.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hi Nadine,  This is the best thing that we've read all day! Cheers to both you & Steve for being a part of something so legendary.    Cheers,  Kasia 
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