Helicopter Flight Lesson In Manassas

Take the Controls and Learn to Fly a Helicopter Over Northern Virginia

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$165

Helicopter Flight Lesson In Manassas

Take the Controls and Learn to Fly a Helicopter Over Northern Virginia

5 stars rating 53 Reviews
participants Price for 1 Participant

Learn to Fly a Helicopter! Experience the thrill of flying as you take the Controls of a Robinson R22 helicopter 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 how to make sure the helicopter is safe to fly.

After the ground instruction is complete, you will take to the skies on a 30 minute flight lesson, during which you will operate the controls with the help of your Flight Instructor. This is the perfect experience gift to discover what it is like to pilot the helicopter! Throughout the flight lesson 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 unique gift for anyone who has dreamed of learning to fly!

Who Who
The Helicopter Flight Lesson In Manassas Experience Gifts Certificate is for one participant.

Guests Guests
This experience is not suitable for guests to ride in the helicopter, however spectators may join you at the airport.

LocationLocation
Virginia, Manassas

When When
The Heli Flight Lessons are offered seven days a week year-round, subject to availability. Flights are offered between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

duration Duration
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.

Weather Weather
The Helicopter Flying Lessons may be rescheduled by the Pilot due to high winds, heavy rain, fog or other inclement weather.

What to wear What to wear
Dress comfortably, flat rubber-soled shoes are recommended for this aerial adventure.

Additional Information Additional Information
Your flight will take place on the Robinson R22 which provides a very smooth ride and has dual controls. The maximum weight of the participant may not exceed 220lbs and must be less than 6'2" tall. Individuals who are pregnant, have broken bones or other physical conditions which are considered unsafe are not eligible to participate.

All participants must have a valid Government Issued Photo ID (Passport or Drivers License). Participants are required to sign a Liability Release Form prior to flight. If the participant is under the age of 18 a parent or guardian will need to sign the form prior to participation.

Additional InformationITEM/SKU NUMBER  XD-957-002

Cancellation Policy Cancellation Policy
All changes to reservations for the Helicopter Flight Lesson In Manassas Experience require fourteen (14) days advance notice.

Xperience Certificates® cannot be exchanged once a reservation for the experience has been made.

Price Price: $165


Who Who:
The Helicopter Flight Lesson In Manassas Experience Gifts Certificate is for one participant.


Guests Guests:
This experience is not suitable for guests to ride in the helicopter, however spectators may join you at the airport.


When When:
The Heli Flight Lessons are offered seven days a week year-round, subject to availability. Flights are offered between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM.


duration Duration:
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.


Weather Weather:
The Helicopter Flying Lessons may be rescheduled by the Pilot due to high winds, heavy rain, fog or other inclement weather.


What to wear What to wear:
Dress comfortably, flat rubber-soled shoes are recommended for this aerial adventure.


Additional Information Additional Information:

Your flight will take place on the Robinson R22 which provides a very smooth ride and has dual controls. The maximum weight of the participant may not exceed 220lbs and must be less than 6'2" tall. Individuals who are pregnant, have broken bones or other physical conditions which are considered unsafe are not eligible to participate.

All participants must have a valid Government Issued Photo ID (Passport or Drivers License). Participants are required to sign a Liability Release Form prior to flight. If the participant is under the age of 18 a parent or guardian will need to sign the form prior to participation.


Additional InformationITEM/SKU NUMBER  XD-957-002


Cancellation Policy Cancellation Policy:

All changes to reservations for the Helicopter Flight Lesson In Manassas Experience require fourteen (14) days advance notice.

Xperience Certificates® cannot be exchanged once a reservation for the experience has been made.


Great time 

4 stars

 Experience was really fun. Nice balance of learning piloting basics while enjoying a helicopter ride. Instruction and experience were excellent. Only reason not giving five stars is it's a little pricey for just 30 min in the air. 

- - Nova

Way Better Than My Plane Lesson 

5 stars

 My instructor Erik was very knowledgable and did a great job explaining how the aircraft worked in great detail. Once in the air I had complete confidence in his skills, and would like to think that I learned/practiced enough that in a pinch I'd be able to get it back on the ground safely. Best tip of the day: Keep your eyes on the horizon. 

- - Arlington, VA

Exhilirating! 

5 stars

 American Helicopters and my instructor, Brock, were both professional and down-to-earth; I felt comfortable and safe from the beginning. The feeling of excitement and accomplishment that learning about and flying the helo brought was almost indescribable. I have recommended this experience to both family and friends, and I'd absolutely do it again! 

- - Manassas, VA

Brock was fantastic! 

5 stars

 Brock of American Heilcopters, Manassas, did a very good job going over the pre-flight safety check. He also did a good job communicating procedeures and what to expect during flight. He was also very personable and made the experience very fun. 

- - Strasburg VA

Awesome experience! 

5 stars

 The flight lesson was a great experience overall. My instructor, Ryan, first described the basic functions of a helicopter and then gave me the opportunity to perform them. I would recommend this experience to anyone who wants to experience what it's like to fly a helicopter. 

- - VA

Helo Ride/ Instruction 

5 stars

 Charlie did a fine job showing me the handling characteristics of the aircraft. Most enjoyable and instructive. Thanks for a great memory! 

- - Richmond, VA

Awesome flight experience 

5 stars

 I thoroughly enjoyed flying at American Helicopters in Manassas. My instructor, Charlie, let me fly most of the fight. I operated the cyclic while he controlled the pedals and collective. When I needed help he took control and suggested improvements. I highly recommend American Helicopters for a great flying experience. 

- - Manassas, VA

Flight Lesson 

5 stars

 I had a surprisingly gift from my son on my birthday for a helicopter lesson from Experience Days. I had a very enjoyable time in the air with the instructor Alexei, as she is very professional and experience in her skill of flying helicopter. Everyone there is very professional and friendly. I will highly recommend to anyone who want to have a helicopter experience. 

- - Fairfax Virginia

Helicopter  

5 stars

 5 Stars...Great Experience!!! 

- - Virginia

Helicopter flight 

5 stars

 Wonderful, just wonderful. Fun too.
Ryan was patient and professional. 

- - Manassas

Helicopter Lesson Review 

5 stars

 Excellent experience and really enjoyed the event. Instructor was excellent and service as expected. 

- - Manassas VA

Get the hour of flight time option 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Silver Spring MD

Helicopter Flight Lesson Manassas 

4 stars

 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 

- - Virginia

Helicopter Flight Lesson Manassas 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Burke, VA to the MRA.

Helicopter Flight Lesson 

5 stars

 I had a terrific experience! My instructor Michelle was great!! I learned a lot about helicopters and enjoying the flight. 

- - Manassas Regional Airport

Helicopter ride 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Mannassas

Flight Lesson Review 

5 stars

 Was excellent I had a blast. I definitely recommend it. 

- - Manassas

Helicopter Flight Lesson 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Lorton

Awesome 

5 stars

 Michelle was a great instructor, very patient and super nice. Thanks again! 

- - Manassas

My Birthday Gift via Experience Days 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Reston, VA

Helicopter Flight Lesson 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Woodbridge

Manassas Flight Lesson Review 

5 stars

 Excellent Experience. This was a gift - and it took over a year to plan the trip to Manassas. The Experience 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!!! 

- - Manassas, VA Airport

Great for a reluctant flier! 

5 stars

 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! 

- - Beirut, Lebanon

Review 

5 stars

 Well done. Thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. Eric, the pilot, was completely professional in all respects. Instilled confidence in me. All the best! 

- - Manassas

Helicopter Flight 

5 stars

 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! 

- - Manassas

Wow! 

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! 

- - VA

HELO RIDE 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Manasas

Awesome! 

5 stars

 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! 

- - Alexandria, VA

Helicopter ride 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Manassas

Helicopter Ride 

5 stars

 Adam did a great job. Really fun ride. If I were to take lessons, I'd like to have him for an instructor. 

- - Manassas

Xcellent Experience! 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Manassas, VA

Helicopter Flight Review 

5 stars

 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! 

- - Manassas

Helo Flight 

5 stars

 Adam did a great job showing me the ropes. Can't wait to start my lessons! 

- - Manassas, Va

Childhood Dream Coming True 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Indian Head, MD

Helicopter Lesson 

4 stars

 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. 

- - Manassass

Great! 

5 stars

 Had a great time! Great to chase deer in a helicopter!! 

- - Manassas VA

Helicopter Flight 

5 stars

 It was GREAT!!! 

- - Virginia

Helicopter Flight lesson 

5 stars

 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! 

- - Gainesville, VA

Helicopter Flight Lesson 

5 stars

 I had a great experience during my helicopter flight lesson with my instructor Suzie. 

- - Culpeper, VA

Fantastic! 

5 stars

 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! 

- - Manassas

A-Mazing Birthday Gift!! 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Manassas, VA

Helicopter Flight Lesson 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Fairfax, VA

Amazing Helicopter Flight Lesson! 

5 stars

 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! 

- - Manassas

A nice flight, need more instruction 

3 stars

 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. 

- - Northern Virginia

Great Flight Lesson! 

5 stars

 The instructor could not have been better, the guys on the ground nicer. Quality experience! 

- - Loudoun County

Helicopter Flight Lesson 

5 stars

 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. 

- - MANASSAS

Can't get it off my mind! 

5 stars

 Pilot Mark Pearson took me up after my wonderful wife purchased an Experience 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. 

- - Manassas, VA

Great Time! 

5 stars

 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! 

- - Manassas

Great Experience 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Manassas

I Learned to Hover! 

5 stars

 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! 

- - Manassas, VA

Flight Lesson Manassas 

5 stars

 The experience was fantastic. The instructor Emily Gonzales did a upstanding job. 

- - Manassas

Great Introduction to Flying! 

5 stars

 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! 

- - Manassas

Breathtaking Experience 

5 stars

 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! 

- - DC

Question: Can you tell me if you have a minimum age requirement for this helicopter flight lesson?

Answer: The recommended minimum age for the Helicopter Flight Lessons is 16 years of age. Participants must be at least 5' tall and weight between 100lbs and 220lbs. If the participant is under the age of 18 a parent or guardian will need to sign the form prior to participation.

Question: I was wondering where the Manassas helicopter ride takes of, where it tours, and how safe it is.

Answer: The Helicopter Flight Lessons takes place at Manassas Regional Airport 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 lessons are offered with Certified Flight Instructors who have a 100% safety record.

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, spectators may joint the participant at the airport during the Manassas Helicopter Flight Lesson and watch the take-off and landing.

Question: Are the instructions offered on the weekends, if so what are the hours?

Answer: The Helicopter Flight Lesson is offered seven days a week year-round, subject to availability. Flights are offered between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Reservations do sell out and should be requested a minimum of 14 days in advance.

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.) The gift recipient is able extend the length of the lesson at the time the reservation is requested.

Question: I want to give this as a gift to my girlfriend but she doesn't have a driver's license. Can she still take the lesson?

Answer: In order to participate in the Helicopter Flight Lesson In Manassas all participants must have valid Government Issued Photo ID, individuals who do not have a US Driver's License may show their Passport.

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: Individuals do not need to be a US Citizen in order to participate in the Helicopter Flight Lesson. However, all participants must have a valid Government Issued Photo ID and in the case of foreign nationals, a passport is required.

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, however participants are welcome to bring a small camera such as a GoPro camera on the flight.

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 can only be enjoyed by one participant. Unfortunately this experience is not suitable for guests to ride in the helicopter, however spectators may join the participant at the airport.

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 participants will have their hands on the controls almost the entire duration of the flight.

Question: Will the CFI that teaches this lesson log the time if we have a log book already?

Answer: Yes. Participants are able to log the time for the Introductory lesson.

Question: If the person is 225-230lbs, is travel still possible on the R22?

Answer: No. The Helicopter Flight Lesson In Manassas takes place in an R-22 helicopter. For safety reasons the maximum weight of the participant may not exceed 220lbs and they must be less than 6'2" tall. Unfortunately the weight restrictions are not flexible. Individuals must meet the weight requirements in order to participate.