Helicopter Flight Lesson In Manassas
Take the Controls With a Helicopter Flight Lesson Over Northern Virginia
Price for 1 participant
Learn to Fly a Helicopter! Experience the thrill of flying as you take the Controls of a Robinson R22 over beautiful Northern Virginia. Your experience will begin with ground school conducted at the Manassas Regional Airport. Your Certified Flight Instructor will explain how the helicopter flies, what each control does, how to read the gauges, what to look for in conducting the pre-flight inspection and making sure the helicopter is safe to fly.
After the ground instruction is complete, you will take to the air on a 30 minute flight lesson, during which you will take the controls with the help of your flight instructor to see what it is like to pilot the helicopter.You will have the chance to experience most flight conditions, including straight and level flight, climbs, turns and descents, plus the most memorable, hovering.
This is an amazing airborne adventure that will you will never forget - the perfect gift for anyone who has dreamed of learning to fly!
What to wear
All participants must have a valid photo ID (passport or driving license). Participants are required to sign a Liability Release Form prior to flight.
ITEM/SKU NUMBER XD-957-002
Xperience Certificates® cannot be exchanged once a reservation for the experience has been made.
The experience was great, staff who works there very friendly and experience. The weather was kinda against us and we had to reschedule like 5 times. Also the only thing that was disappointing for me (cause I am a girl) is that I couldnt take good pictures of me next to the helicopter. My bf had to stay far away with the camera because they dont let other people get closer if its not their turn to fly. Besides that everything was great and I would recommend it
- Ekaterina - Virginia, Saturday, September 07, 2013
From the beginning, with the professional pre-flight and safety briefings by the pilot including aerial operations to the final landing completion, the experience was ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING. Thank you.
- Roy L. Adams - Burke, VA to the MRA., Monday, September 02, 2013
I had a terrific experience! My instructor Michelle was great!! I learned a lot about helicopters and enjoying the flight.
- Linda Coogle - Manassas Regional Airport, Friday, August 30, 2013
Would definitely recommend if you have any interest in aviation. This was probably the coolest gift I have ever received. You really control the helicopter and learn how all the controls work.
- Tommy - Mannassas, Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Was excellent I had a blast. I definitely recommend it.
- Ben - Manassas, Wednesday, August 14, 2013
This was a Christmas gift from my girlfriend and it was the best gift she has ever given me!!! I always wanted to attend helicopter pilot training but was so busy with work and school that I never inquired into it. She purchase this and then I made time for it and I will be going back again and again!!! American Helicopters was the company that provided the training and they immediately made me feel at ease with the lesson ahead. This was a great experience.
- Travis - Lorton, Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Michelle was a great instructor, very patient and super nice. Thanks again!
- Jed - Manassas, Tuesday, July 02, 2013
For my birthday this year, my wife decided to give me the gift I have always dreamed of, but never pursued, a Helicopter lesson.
I went out on Father's day and showed up. The crew at American Helicopters were professional and pleasant, and in particular they treated me as an equal, whereas I expected to be treated as a newbie. My pilot's name was Erick, and he was a sharp individual. We reviewed the controls of the Helicopter and went through some conditions that warranted discussion due to safety.
The startup process went by relatively quickly with my pilot explaining what he was doing and why he was doing it. We got into the air and taxied down the runway.
Once we were above 800 feet, Erick handed over the controls and I WAS FLYING ! One of the most incredible feelings in my life was being in control of a Helicopter with strong verbal support and patience from my pilot. We looped around the highway and headed back towards the runway. We made an approach and then went back down the runway again. Back up to 800 feet and then controls came back to me. I flew us as directed for a while, and then we headed back (regretfully, I could have flown this thing all day).
Erick allowed me to hover (or attempt to) and gave me several attempts. It wasn't easy, like riding a unicycle on top of a basketball, but he was patient with me, and didn't make me feel like an idiot.
Overall, the experience was one of the best. I have done cliff jumping in Cuba, skydiving, and several other high intensity activities. This was up there in that range and I highly recommend it to anyone who asks.
- Clint McCaleb - Reston, VA, Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Paul, my instructor made this lesson interesting and fun. I would do this experience all over again and would recommend to anyone who wants to fly.
- Derrick - Woodbridge, Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Excellent Experience. This was a gift - and it took over a year to plan the trip to Manassas. The Xperience Days folks were great - they extended the gift past one year. Paul was my instructor and pilot on April 22nd. He is a professional and experienced pilot who managed the flight in a fashion that I felt safe and had great fun 'flying' the helo. He made me feel comfortable with my share of the flying - and kept control of the machine while permiting me to feel and understand how it worked. All around a fine experience with a good company and a great pilot. Thanks to all!!!
- Pete Brown - Manassas, VA Airport, Thursday, April 25, 2013
Got this as a xmas gift from my wife and 2yr old son who LOVES helicopters. However, I am very afraid to fly. But I did it, and it was worth it! The flight instructor, Paul, was great. He gave me my safety briefing in the lounge area with my family and was very sensitive to my fear. We had a wonderful flight, and I was having so much fun that I actually did 'take the controls' for two of the three turns around the airport. And when we landed, he let my patiently waiting son sit in another helicopter to pretend he was flying (and we could take pictures). It was definitely worth it and I have already recommended it for my wife! Would definitely recommend for others too!
- Rami K - Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Well done. Thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. Eric, the pilot, was completely professional in all respects. Instilled confidence in me. All the best!
- Dennis O'Reilly - Manassas, Tuesday, December 11, 2012
This was the coolest gift ever!! My best friend knew that I wanted to fly helicopters when I was in college, but that dream never materialized. She wanted to get me a gift I'd remember forever and this was definitely it! The whole process was simple and the experience was one I will never forget! We flew around the field three times and I was able to take the stick and see how it felt to fly. It was a truly magical 30 minutes that went by way too quickly! I highly recommend this experience for someone, whether as a gift or for personal use. The instructor was phenomenal and the experience was nothing short of 5 stars!
- Cathy Wright - Manassas, Sunday, November 25, 2012
What a great experience. Everyone at the office was super friendly, Timm was a great pilot, very informative and comforting when up in the air. I will recommend this to everyone!
- Kevin Lamparter - VA, Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The ride was AWESOME and the experience was Amazing. I do recommend to take a picture next to the helicopter and include that on the package (even if required extra cash). It will be a great souvenir for the customers.
- Jessica Valentin - Manasas, Friday, October 19, 2012
This was one of the best experiences of my life. The office got me this as a birthday present and it was such a thrill to actually fly a helicopter myself! Should be on everyone's Bucket List!
- Mike H. - Alexandria, VA, Thursday, September 20, 2012
A Fantastic Experience! This was my first time riding and definitely not the last. Everyone was very professional and Timm, my pilot did a fantastic job. I definitely recommend it. It was absolutely fun.
- Angela - Manassas, Sunday, August 12, 2012
Adam did a great job. Really fun ride. If I were to take lessons, I'd like to have him for an instructor.
- James J. Fitzgibbon - Manassas, Sunday, June 17, 2012
I received the helicopter flight as a gift from my wife, and I cannot thank her enough. My pilot, Timm, took me out to the Robinson R22 and we were in the air in almost no time. The hour just flew by! We took a nice tour of the area and even got to experience an autorotation landing! When I win the lottery, I will surely return to complete my training.
- John - Manassas, VA, Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Timm Bever was my instructor, he was very thorough and I really enjoyed it, will definitely be doing that again!! Next time with the kids!
- Josy Loope - Manassas, Thursday, May 17, 2012
Adam did a great job showing me the ropes. Can't wait to start my lessons!
- Willie Gatling - Manassas, Va, Sunday, January 15, 2012
I recommend 1 hour flight for anyone considering it. In the mid air I also requested to simulate an engine failure scenario. Paul was very kind enough to demonastrate it as well. Many thanks everyone.
- Ron Sitoula - Indian Head, MD, Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The staff at American Helicopters was very professional and easy going. Time flew during the lesson but it was worth it.
My instructor answered all of my questions, even about things that didn't directly pertain to my flight.
I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a lesson in Northern VA
- Chris - Manassass, Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Had a great time! Great to chase deer in a helicopter!!
- Bryce - Manassas VA, Wednesday, November 09, 2011
It was GREAT!!!
- Paul Ross - Virginia, Thursday, October 20, 2011
What a superb experience. My instructor Adam made my flight both exciting and educational. His explanation of the controls allowed me to handle the flying with confidence and enjoyment. If I ever win the lottery, I'll be first in line to take full lessons from him and purchase my own R22 helicopter!
- Bill Flannery - Gainesville, VA, Tuesday, September 20, 2011
I had a great experience during my helicopter flight lesson with my instructor Suzie.
- Jason Pino - Culpeper, VA, Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The flight lesson was great! Something that I would not have experienced if it wasn't a gift. The pilot had me do alot of the steering while up in the air. We hovered near the tarmac but, not while we were up flying around. The flight lesson only lasted 20 minutes from lift off to landing... my wife was kinda bummed with that since she paid for 30 minutes. But, I had a fantastic time!
- Bryant Treacle - Manassas, Tuesday, August 02, 2011
This was an eye-opening experience that you HAVE to try at least once-even if you are afraid of heights! My instructor (Paul) was great. He explained everything in detail to make sure I was prepared and the prep made the experience that much greater.
- Samuel T - Manassas, VA, Tuesday, July 26, 2011
I LOVED IT!!!! I was very excited to go and all of my expections were met and exceeded. I felt perfectly comfortable and safe in the helicopter and had a wonderful time. The instructor, Adam O'Hara, was friendly and knowledgable - I'd even consider taking more lessons from him.
- Anne Stenger - Fairfax, VA, Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Amazing experience! You get a lot of hands-on experience with an excellent, very friendly instructor. I felt totally safe the whole time and got to utilize the controls of the helicopter frequently. Would definitely recommend this experience, especially at this location, to others!
- Jennifer Brady - Manassas, Thursday, April 21, 2011
The helicopter flight was good and I got the opportunity to share the controls, yet I got the feeling that this trip was just a PR ploy to find out if people are willing to plunk down the big $$ to get a license. The 15 minutes of ground school were completely skipped over in lieu of a safety briefing, probably because it was a windy day. It was a nice flight but this experience was definitely NOT as advertised on this website.
- GM - Northern Virginia, Wednesday, February 16, 2011
The instructor could not have been better, the guys on the ground nicer. Quality experience!
- Harry W. - Loudoun County, Tuesday, November 30, 2010
It was great experience to know about the helicopter from a very competent CFI Emily Marshall. I have found the lesson and the hovering very exciting-unforgettable since it was my 60th birthday gift from my grand son.
- MANMOHAN KALRA - MANASSAS, Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Pilot Mark Pearson took me up after my wonderful wife purchased an Xperience Day for me for my 46th birthday. I have dreamed of helicopter flight since childhood and now I know why! It was spectacular. And Pilot Pearson was such a knowledgeable, confidence-inducing host to the skys. No, really. Thanks for a gift of a lifetime, I'm now studying the two manuals I bought there.
- Andy S. - Manassas, VA, Sunday, November 07, 2010
I gave this to my boyfriend as a gift and he loved it! I went with him to watch and the instructor was really nice, he let me come in and take some pictures! Would defiantly recommend this to anyone who wants to do it! Very easy booking and fulfilling, no hassle!
- Jackie - Manassas, Wednesday, August 11, 2010
I had a great time on this experience. I really enjoyed learning about the helicopter and how it operated. Though, I would recommend getting the extra flight time as 30 minutes is kinda short and reduces the amount of things the instructor can show you.
- Anthony - Manassas, Saturday, August 07, 2010
An amazing first experience in flight! The time between 'lecture' and 800' in flight at 60 knots seemed like the blink of an eye. I even learned how to manage the R-22 and hover before the lesson was over. A very cool experience!
- Todd Stevens - Manassas, VA, Tuesday, June 15, 2010
The experience was fantastic. The instructor Emily Gonzales did a upstanding job.
- Daniel Lucas - Manassas, Sunday, May 30, 2010
I had the opportunity to enjoy the same experience, logging in my 1st hour of flight in an R-22. My instructor, Chad Nuzum (hope I spelled that correctly), was an outstanding Mentor and has gotten me on the road to attain my Private license (49 hours to go!). Thanks guys for helping me realize I can fly!
- Robert Miller - Manassas, Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I had the opportunity of taking a 45 minute helicopter flying lesson for my birthday in October and it was amazing to say the least! My instructor, was calm, patient, and a very knowledgeable pilot. The breathtaking views and experience of taking over the controls was a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget!
- KM - DC, Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Question: Will the company that does this lesson log the hour if we have a log book already?
Answer: Yes. You will be able to use the time spent for the Introductory lesson towards log-able hours. Please let us know if you have any further questions or concerns.
Question: For the flight lesson, how long does the individual actually get to fly the helicopter?
Answer: The Manassas Helicopter Flight Lesson has a ground instruction time of approximately 15 minutes and flight time of 30 minutes with a total duration of approximately 1 hour, unless the Extended Flight Option is selected. If you choose to extend the length of your Manassas Helicopter Flight Lesson you will enjoy a full hour in the air! The participant will be able take the controls while in the air.
Question: Can I ride with my husband in the helicopter as he flies (he would be the only one taking the lesson)?
Answer: The Helicopter Flight Lesson In Manassas Xperience Certificate® is for one participant. This experience is not suitable for guests to ride in the helicopter, however spectators may join you at the airport.
Question: Are these lessons filmed? If not, would the student be able to bring a GoPro camera to attach inside the helicopter?
Answer: The Helicopter Flight Lesson In Manassas is not filmed. You are welcome to bring a GoPro camera on the flight.
Question: I would like to purchase a helicopter flight lesson for someone who is a German citizen and was wondering if there are any residency restrictions for non-US citizens?
Answer: To participate in the Helicopter Flight Lesson In Manassas experience you do not need to be a US citizen. However, all participants must have a valid photo ID (passport or driving license).
Question: Two questions: First, i want to give this as a gift to my girl friend but she doesn't have a driver's liscence. Can she still take the lesson? Second, can I sit in on the lesson, even during the hellicopter ride for an additional fee?
Answer: To participate in the Helicopter Flight Lesson In Manassas all participants must have a valid photo ID (passport or driving license). This experience is not suitable for guests to ride in the helicopter, however spectators may join you at the airport.
Question: I want to get this as a surprise gift but I am not sure if he would like to extend the length of time. If I get the 30 min package would he be able to extend it the day of, or would that need to be done ahead of time?
Answer: If the recipient would like to extend the flight time, that would not be a problem. You do not need to do that at the time of purchase however, we would need to do that at the time the reservation is requested. This cannot be taken care of on the day of the booked reservation. We will need to provide them with that information at the time we request the reservation.
Question: Are the instructions offered on the weekends, if so what are the hours?
Answer: The Helicopter Flight Lesson In Manassas Experience is offered seven days a week year-round, subject to availability. Flights are offered between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
Question: Is there a place for someone to wait while the person does this experience in Manassas? If so is it possible to watch them take off and land?
Answer: Yes, you may joint the participant at the airport during the Manassas Helicopter Flight Lesson and watch the take-off and landing.
Question: I was wondering where the Manassas helicopter ride takes of, where it tours, and how safe it is. Thank you so much.
Answer: The Helicopter Flight Lesson In Manassas takes place at Manassas Regional Airport, 10503 Wakeman Drive in Manassas, Virginia. The focus of the activity is on the flight lesson, rather than a scenic tour. The participant will spend their time learning to pilot the helicopter and stay within a short radius of the airport. All flight tours and lessons are offered with Certified Flight Instructors that have a 100% safety record.
Question: Can you tell me if you have a minimum age requirement for this helicopter flight lesson?
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry. Our minimum age limit for this experience is 18.
Question: Do you have a package that provides more hours? I am thinking about 3-hours of instruction. Please let me know what you have available.
Answer: We do not offer any extended packages with more hours, however it's not unusual for our customers to add more hours at the time of reservation, or to take the first lesson and then arrange a series of lessons with the pilot/instructor once the first lesson is finished.
Question: is the price per flight or per person? I would like to offer this to my husband for his bday but would like to be on board to watch...
Also, are there any restrictions in terms of vision, etc?
Answer: As noted within the product page, the Helicopter Flight Lesson In Manassas Experience is offered seven days a week year-round, subject to availability. Flights are offered between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. If you have a specific date in mind, please contact us and we will be happy to check availability. The Helicopter Flight Lesson In Manassas Xperience Certificate® is for one participant and this experience is not suitable for guests. The maximum weight of the participant may not exceed 220lbs. Individuals who are pregnant, have broken bones or other physical conditions which are considered unsafe are not eligible to participate.
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