Take to the air in a 2-seat Cabri G2 or 4-seat Robinson R44 helicopter for a thrilling ‘Hands-On' flying experience!
VVB Aviation Flight School offers a wide range of courses from trial lessons to commercial pilot training; we are one of the UK's leading independent aviation companies.
Being a pilot is one of the most exciting hobbies and can be an extremely rewarding career. We offer a selection of fun and exciting trial lessons, perfect for gifts or special occasions, to give a taste of what flying a helicopter is like.
VVB Aviation have worked hard to become one of the few UK flight schools that offers training from your initial lesson, all the way through to commercial and further onto Instrument Ratings; as well as having Civil Aviation Authority approval to offer training to become an official Flight Examiner. An instrument rating is one of the hardest qualifications for a helicopter pilot to attain, and will allow you to fly multi-engine helicopters in cloud and other poor visibility weather. Whatever stage of flying you are at, whether you have 1 hour or 100 hours, you will receive our professional and undivided attention for all of your training.
Aircraft and Info
The 2-seat Cabri G2 is a new generation of training helicopter, featuring digital cockpit screens and designed with an unparalleled attention to safety.
The 4-seat Robinson R44 is the world’s most popular helicopter, with over 5,000 models produced since 1993. The R44 offers similar performance to larger turbine helicopters, with high reliability, fuel economy and excellent safety features as well as hydraulically assisted controls – at an affordable price.
For some, a trial lesson will be a one-off experience, for others it will be a foundation upon which to build on and learn to fly. For all, it will be truly memorable!
Our experienced instructors will handle the take-off and the radio as dual controls are fitted, but after you've left the helipad you will be passed control of the helicopter under careful supervision. You will be in the helicopter for either 30 or 60 minutes depending on which package you purchase. In addition to this, you will also have a pre-flight briefing with your instructor which should take approximately 30 minutes - this is not included in the total duration. We operate our trial lessons seven days a week throughout the year, however availability may be limited during busy seasons. Gift vouchers can be purchased over the telephone or in person at our base at Elstree Aerodrome, by credit/debit card. The flight can be booked at the time of purchase or the voucher holder can telephone to book a time convenient to themselves.
Please see the requirements and information section at the bottom of the page to ensure that you are aware of any restrictions.
Trial Lesson Options
Purchase online or contact us directly. Once you have purchased a lesson, please call or email us to book a date.
The 2-seat Cabri G2 is a new generation of training helicopter, featuring digital cockpit screens and designed with an unparalleled attention to safety. This aircraft is what we would recommend doing your lesson in if you are thinking of starting a full flying course as it is the most cost efficient.
If you want to try flying a helicopter for the first time, this 30 minute flight is perfect to experience a taste of what flying helicopters is like. You will also have an additional pre-flight briefing which will last approximately 30 minutes.
Max weight: 100kg
A full 1 hour lesson gives you an even better experience of what flying is like - you will have additional time in the local area as well as some extra time to practice hovering when you return to the airfield. You will also have an additional pre-flight briefing which will last approximately 30 minutes.
Max weight: 100kg
The 4-seat Robinson R44 is the world’s most popular helicopter, with over 5,000 models produced since 1993. The R44 offers similar performance to larger turbine helicopters, with high reliability, fuel economy and excellent safety features as well as hydraulically assisted controls – at an affordable price. Subject to weight, there is an added benefit of bringing up to 2 passengers along in the back seats to watch your lesson at no extra cost.
Want to fly something bigger and faster than the Cabri G2? Flying at 120mph, enjoy a 30 minute lesson in the spacious 4-seat Robinson R44 and bring along 2 spectators to watch from the back seats! (Subject to total weight). You will also have an additional pre-flight briefing which will last approximately 30 minutes.
Max weight: 120kg
Hovering is arguably the most challenging thing to learn about flying helicopters. The extra time in a 60 minute lesson may bring you just that bit closer to mastering the art! You can also bring 2 people in the back, subject to weight. You will also receive an additional 30 minute briefing before your flight.
Max weight: 120kg
REQUIREMENTS & TERMS:
Flights subject to availability, weather, operational restrictions and aircraft serviceability, therefore may be cancelled at short notice. Please bear this in mind when planning your visit.
The durations given do not include your pre-flight briefing, which is approximately an additional 1/2 hour.
Minimum Age: 10 (under 18’s require parental/guardian consent)
Minimum Height: 5’ (to reach the pedals)
Maximum Height: 6’3”
Maximum Weight: 100kg for Cabri G2 & 120kg for R44.
Additional height and weight restrictions may vary depending on conditions.
Cancellation policy is 7 days. If cancelled within this time you may lose your voucher.
Medical conditions: Reasonable health and agile enough to climb into and out of the helicopter. Please inform us of any medical conditions so that we are aware. You should not take part if you suffer from epilepsy, vertigo or if you are pregnant.
The Robinson R44 has the added benefit of allowing two passengers in the back seats to enjoy the experience as well at no extra cost, subject to weight.