Posted by :GreciaPosted date : April 27, 2015In Tourism GuideComments Off on So you want to Fly a Helicopter
Have you always wanted to learn to fly a helicopter? Does the sign of the whirling propellers make your heart skip a beat? If you have always wanted to take to the open skies in a helicopter, you’re in luck! These days, there are many places you can go to take helicopter-flying lessons.
What’s the allure of flying a helicopter, anyway? It’s different for everyone, but for most people it is the adrenaline rush, the adventure and the chance to get a vantage point on the earth that most other people don’t get to have. From a luxury standpoint, flying your own helicopter opens up many travel opportunities that you might not otherwise have had.
The beauty of flying lessons is that you don’t need to have the funds to purchase your own aircraft before you start; very few people could do that. Flying lessons give the average joe a chance to fly an aircraft, a chance they might not otherwise ever get.
What happens during a flying lesson is this: A qualified instructor instructs students on the fundamentals of flying the aircraft, first on the ground and then in the aircraft itself. Typically, students purchase a set number of lessons and are provided with specific learning outcomes for each lesson or set of lessons. You’ll learn safety, how to read and manipulate the controls, emergency tactics, and more. In many cases, your instructor will take you up in the aircraft himself before you actually take the controls. Most often, the helicopter will have dual controls, meaning that even when you take the controls for a flight, your instructor also has a set of controls that he can take hold of should you run into some trouble.
Before you take flying lessons, do some research. A good place to start is by contacting your local aviation institute. They can offer guidance as to where to find the best flying lessons Laval has to offer. It may be the case that they offer flying lessons to the general public themselves. Otherwise, they should be able to point you in the right direction. Note that there are some general requirements for most flying lessons. Participants usually have to meet a minimum age requirement (generally the age of majority) and meet certain height and weight restrictions. A general height guideline is that the participant must not be taller than 6 foot 4 inches. The requirements and restrictions aren’t the same across all flying lesson schools, so always be sure you meet the necessary requirements before you pay for your lessons.
When you buy a block of flying lessons, you should also inquire as to their policy in case of cancellations. Sometimes the weather is not conducive to flying, for example. You should find out whether they offer make up lessons, or a refund, or whether they will require you to buy further lessons in the future. Not every company deals with weather cancellations the same way, so be sure you know what you are getting into before you sign anything.
Grecia is the author of tournavationmke.com. She loves to travel around the world and share her experience and knowledge about the travel industry, features about travel trends. Prior to travel writing, Grecia covered Internet and Technology articles and contributing for many other web blogs.