This was an amazing experience. Kim was a great instructor. It takes some serious guts to get in a helicopter with someone who's never flown before and give them the controls. This is not just a scenic flight. They actually let you take the controls for as much time as possible. The hour of flying time option is totally worth the extra money. This was enough time to do two loops around the traffic pattern, then a chunk of time doing hover work in a field. With the standard half hour you would have to cut out a lot of the hands on time. Some words of caution... if you get easily air or motion sick, this may not be for you. Taking the controls is much more difficult than your pilot will make it look. There will be some rolling around when you take over but the pilot will take control back far before it gets dangerous. This is also probably not a good idea if you are just in the area for a short trip. My flight was rescheduled twice due to weather. The place that does it has a very full schedule so you may have to reschedule for a week or more in the future. If they do ask you to reschedule, it's just because they want you to get the best experience. One of the days they asked me to reschedule had borderline winds. I could have done it, but I would not have gotten any time at the controls.
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
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.
I had a terrific experience! My instructor Michelle was great!! I learned a lot about helicopters and enjoying the flight.
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.
Was excellent I had a blast. I definitely recommend it.
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.
Michelle was a great instructor, very patient and super nice. Thanks again!
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.
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.
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!!!
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!
Well done. Thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. Eric, the pilot, was completely professional in all respects. Instilled confidence in me. All the best!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
Adam did a great job. Really fun ride. If I were to take lessons, I'd like to have him for an instructor.
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.
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!
Adam did a great job showing me the ropes. Can't wait to start my lessons!
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.
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.
Had a great time! Great to chase deer in a helicopter!!
It was GREAT!!!
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!
I had a great experience during my helicopter flight lesson with my instructor Suzie.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
The instructor could not have been better, the guys on the ground nicer. Quality experience!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
The experience was fantastic. The instructor Emily Gonzales did a upstanding job.
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!
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!