Learn to Fly a Helicopter

Auburn, WA

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Overview

Learn what it takes to fly a helicopter as you take over the controls in flight with an instructor by your side!

  • Learn from FAA Certified Flight Instructors with over 30 years of experience
  • Take the controls of the most popular instruction helicopters in the world 
  • Start with a 2 hour ground lesson before taking to the sky and learning skills including straight and level flight, climbing, descending, and hovering
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the Seattle landscape!
Auburn Municipal Airport - Auburn, WA
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 through 5:00 PM

Essential Information
  • Participants must be at least 12 years of age
  • No experience necessary
  • 15% gratuity for your pilot is included in the price of this experience
  • To fly in the R-22 helicopter, the participant must weigh no more than 200 lbs
  • To fly in the R-44 helicopter, the participant must weigh no more than 290 lbs
  • To fly in the H-269 helicopter, the participant must weigh no more than 350 lbs
  • To fly in the B206 helicopter passengers must weigh no more than 900 lbs
Duration
Approximately 30 minutes of flight time with a 2 hour ground school prior to the flight. Total experience time is approximately 3 hours.
Experience Provider Info
Complete information for your Experience Provider, including contact information, will be included on your booking confirmation email once you or your gift recipient have scheduled the experience. Our Product Management team handpicks top-rated experience providers, removing the guesswork for you and ensuring your peace of mind.
Maximum Participants
1 student per helicopter
Spectators
Spectators are welcome to come and watch or take pictures and view the takeoff.
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.
Are there any weight restrictions?

Yes, for the R-22 helicopter, the participant must weigh no more than 200 lbs. To fly in the R-44 or R-66 helicopter, the participant must weigh no more than 290 lbs.

Do I need experience?
No experience is necessary. This flight is considered an introductory flight and is meant to be fun and exciting for everyone!
Is there an age requirement?
Participant must be at least 12 years of age.
What if my flight is cancelled due to weather?
We always recommend contacting your pilot on the day of your experience if you have any concerns regarding weather. In the event your flight is cancelled due to weather you can reschedule directly with your pilot.
Can I bring a passenger?
This lesson is for one student only. However, spectators are welcome to come and watch or take pictures and view the takeoff.

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 15 reviews.
The experience was amazing. I have already recommended it to several others.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hi Jay, Your recommendation is so kind and I truly appreciate you taking a moment to share your experience with everyone! There really is nothing in comparison to getting behind the controls of a helicopter and being a pilot for a day. Happy to hear it was a great day and we look forward to hearing about your next flight! Best, Brianna
It was a one life time experience and I loved it!! My wife got it for me as a birthday surprise and to say the least, boy was I ever surprised and scared a little at first but once I was in the air and came back down it was so exhilarating. Love it!
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Sara, It is not everyday that you get to provide a once in a lifetime experience to someone, and I am glad we could for you! It sounds like your wife is truly incredible to be able to provide you with such a wonderful gift! I guess you could say a little adrenaline never hurt anyone! Thank you for sharing this amazing review with us and I hope we can get you out on another thrilling and special flight in the future! Best, Brooke
The instructor was very professional, informative, and made the whole experience great. I would highy recommend it .
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Siobhan, What an awesome adventure you went on! I'm glad to hear the pilot was great to work with and provided a great experience. I can't even imagine the sights you got to see while being sky high. You truly have an adventurous spirit for taking over the controls. Your recommendation for this experience is greatly appreciated for our future adventure seekers! Thanks, Ryan
Great instructor, awesome flight!
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Valentyna, What a way to see Seattle, hovering in the sky and feeling the freedom of flight! I hope you enjoyed the spectacular views and pleased to hear you had a great instructor. I admire your adventurous spirit for taking the controls of your helicopter flight. Thanks, Ryan
Best one
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hi Rewa Jayant, We completely agree with you that this flight is the best! There really is nothing like taking controls of a helicopter and seeing the great views!  Kind Regards, Brianna 
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