Learn to Fly a Helicopter

Kissimmee, FL

Item #: AIR-ORL-0016
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Overview
Discover the thrill of flying when you Learn to Fly a Helicopter near Orlando!
  • Learn from an experienced FAA Certified Flight Instructor
  • Start with a pre-flight briefing before taking control of a Robinson helicopter, one of the most popular training helicopters in the world
  • Practice skills that may include straight and level flight, climbing, descending, and hovering
  • No flying experience necessary!
Kissimmee Gateway Airport - Kissimmee, FL
When Do I Choose A Date?
If giving as a gift, your recipient can choose a date at their convenience; otherwise, you can choose one after checkout.

Year-Round:
Daily - 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Essential Information
  • R-22 helicopters are for 1 student who must weigh no more than 200 lbs
  • R-44 helicopters are for 1 student and up to 2 passengers; the student must weigh no more than 300 lbs and the total combined weight of all passengers (student + passengers) may not exceed 600 lbs
  • Photo ID is required by all students and passengers
  • Participants must be at least 16 years old, and a parental consent form must be signed for students under 18 years old
  • No flying experience necessary
Duration
Participants should expect to be at the airport for anywhere between 1-2 hours, depending on the option selected.
Experience Provider Info
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Maximum Participants
Flights in the R-22 helicopter are for 1 student, flights in the R-44 helicopter are for 1 student and up to 2 passengers, pending weight restrictions.
Spectators
Spectators are welcome to observe take-off and landing.
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; flat rubber-soled shoes are recommended.
Do I need any flying experience?
No flying experience is necessary. This experience is considered an introductory lesson.
Are there any age restrictions?
Yes, students must be at least 16 years of age. Passengers must be at least 6 years old. Anyone under the age of 18 must have parental consent.
What kind of helicopter will be flying?
You'll learn how to fly in either a Robinson R-22 or R-44 helicopter, depending on the option selected. The Robinson helicopter is one of the most popular training aircraft in the world.
What if my flight is cancelled due to weather?
It is recommended to contact your pilot on the day of your experience in you have concerns regarding weather. In the event your flight is cancelled due to weather, you will reschedule directly with your pilot.

Returns
Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be returned hassle-free within 30 days. All refunds will be made to the original purchaser.
Exchanges
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 16 reviews.
No waiting to get the experience going shortly after I got the we were in the air and very friendly staff. The experience itself was very unique and fun
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Paul, Thank you for your review! I am so happy to hear that you didn't have to wait and that you were up in the air in no time! I am also delighted that the staff was friendly! This is truly a unique and fun experience, and hope we have the opportunity to take you out on another fun adventure! Cheers, Julissa
I had never been in a helicopter before and it was an amazing experience. The view is awesome! I highly recommend it.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Ann, I am overjoyed to hear that your first time in a helicopter was amazing! I am so happy that we could be apart of giving you that unforgettable experience. I am sure the views were breathtaking and we truly appreciate your recommendation! Regards, Briana
My son purchased the flight experience for me as a Christmas gift. I was Army Aviator in the 80's and flew UH1H Hueys up in Alaska. It had been many years since I had flown a helicopter and was excited to give it a try to see if I still could. My son and I arrived at Maxflight Helicopter Services on Jan 5 for our flight. We were met by Tim our instructor pilot. He was very kind to take time to listen to my stories of flying in Alaska and look at some photos. We went out to the aircraft and performed a preflight and then took off. Once at altitude Tim gave me the controls and told me to keep it at 500'. We went south to an open field where I had the chance to perform an approach to landing and then do some hover work. My flight skills were very rusty but I enjoyed the heck out of the experience. I want to thank Tim and my son Matt for a great time.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Michael, What an amazing gift giver to have as a son! It sounds like you had an exciting career as an army aviator. Thank you for your service! It must have been exciting to take flight and get re-acclimated with flying a helicopter once again. I can only imagine the kind of stories you got to share with your instructor. Sounds like you had a great time taking over the controls and handling various maneuvers. We’re so pleased that you had an awesome time and enjoyed the heck out of it. Thank you for sharing your adventure with us! Thanks, Ryan
I didn’t think I was going to fly the helicopter as much as I did! After going through safety training Eric (my pilot/instructor) took us up in the air. I felt very safe throughout the whole experience and the views were excellent! Highly recommend this 20 minute experience!
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Ron, Thank you kindly for your review! Happy to hear that you were able to take the controls longer than anticipated and get the opportunity to refine your amazing flying skills. We truly appreciate you sharing how safe you felt and that the views were amazing. I can't even imagine what it must have been like but we are so thrilled that you could take away these awesome memories. Thank you for your recommendation!  Best, Brianna 
Instructor pilot was really great and knowledgeable.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hi there!  Thank you so much for sharing.  Having a fun and informative pilot really makes the lesson all the more exciting. We love that you had such a good time while learning a new skill!  Best, ​Sophia
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