SE49, Gloucestershire Airport, Staverton, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 6SR.
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This was my first time piloting a helicopter, and I was given an excellent introduction into the basics of the aircraft and it's behaviour.
I was impressed by the instructors ability to deliver prompt training on such a vast subject, and inspire confidence at the same time.
I was given independent control of the air craft at different times, and felt perfectly safe throughout the session.
It was terrifyingly awesome, and I will be back for more!
Fantastic , great instructor , just great.
I had a brilliant time and the training was excellent.
What an awesome experience a trail lesson with Heliflight, it was a 50th birthday present from my beautiful wife. Heliflight was very informative and helpful. When it came to the flight the pilot Candia was very professional friendly and fun what a fantastic time I loved every second of it, Thank you so much to all at Heliflight.
Had an excellent flight experience with Heliflight, taking the controls of the helicopter in the 30 minute flight was exhilarating! Excellent briefing and information from the pilot, and it was a very enjoyabvle experience
Fantastic experience for my 40th birthday at a great price - I did the 30 min flying lesson in the 2 seater R22 helicopter. The pilot put me at ease and gave an informative briefing on how a helicopter is controlled and how we would fly it together. I had a choice in where we would fly which surprised me as I thought we would basically be hovering over the airfield for half an hour! Instead we flew all over Gloucester with me in control for a lot of it and taking great photos in between. At the end we did some low altitude hovering over the airfield and I was controlling the stick throttle and pedals. Highly recommended and makes me want to go back for another treat
Had a lesson yesterday with Candia and as usual she was patient, helpful and put me at ease. Heliflight is a professional yet friendly team and I wouldn't fly with anyone else. See you next time, had a fantastic time
Excellent pilot. She helped and advised throughout as well as being very good at finding views that we wanted.
A 30-minute flight was discussed, booked and confirmed all by email and phone. The day arrived and the experience was all that we had hoped for, from advice for where we should fly to insights whilst in the air, excellent flying and (with two first timers on-board) total confidence. A birthday surprise was turned into an experience of a lifetime - thanks to the Heliflight team
I cashed in my experience voucher for a helicopter trial lesson with Heliflight at Gloucester airport.
It was amazing. I'd had a similar experience before, but I knew this was going to be special when my instructor showed me into the right hand (pilots) seat. She was very professional and thorough in explaining the controls in the preflight briefing and during the flight itself. I took control for most of the flight once in the air, but the biggest thrill was being allowed to have a go at hovering and manoeuvring the helicopter close to the ground… such a buzz.
Thanks for a great experience and hope to see you again
This was my first time ever in a helicopter and it couldn't have been a better introduction. The principles of rotary wing flight were clearly explained in a pre-flight briefing then demonstrated in the air. After that I was gradually given control, one control at a time. This meant that I was never overwhelmed by the process and felt comfortable at every stage. I got to fly over the beautiful countryside and, on return to the airfield, even got introduced to controlling the aircraft in a hover. My instructor was excellent and gave me just the right amount of independence, coupled with the confidence that she was there to support me at all times.
Most excellent experience and thoroughly recommended
Thank you Candia for full filling a wonderful 70th birthday present from my wife. I had "control" for far longer than I was anticipating probably close on 40 to 50% it seemed. Flew down the Severn across in front of the old Severn Bridge and then back along the southern side past Berkeley, Slimbridge and up the Sharpness canal into Gloucester. Finished off with an attempt at hovering which was as difficult as I had imagined. A great afternoon.
Great experience, can't wait to do it again.
I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Heliflight for making last Friday a day to remember. it was a surprise present for my Dads 80th birthday and he enjoyed every minute of the flight including flying over his beloved Slimbridge football pitch. He was born and grew up in Slimbridge and it was lovely for him to see the area from above. We were fortunate to have the brightest, clearest and the pilot was friendly and informative pointing out many local landmarks and points of interest to us all. Many thanks again and I would highly recommend this experience to anyone for a special occasion. Dad says he looking forward to doing the same again for his 90th
I recently took the hover challenge with Heliflight. The whole experience was absolutely fantastic from arriving there to flying the helicopter. I would thoroughly recommend this company to anyone.
An unexpected 60th birthday prezzie. Was slightly apprehensive at first but Candia quickly put me at ease and the longer we flew the more confident I became. As a drummer the control syncopation wasn't too much of a problem but the senstitive nature of the cyclic stick was an "eye opener"....Huge respect to Candia and the like :-).
As a unique experience I would highly recommend.
We took my mum for a heli ride for her 70th birthday. Mum absolutely loved her flight and said it was the best birthday she'd ever had. The crew allow you to tailor your flight to some degree, so we were able to fly over mum's house in Thronbury, which she really enjoyed. All in all a good memorable afternoon out!
Brilliant hour's flight and training in a Robinson R22. I was extremely nervous at first but Candia kept me calm!. We flew north around the Malvern Hills then towards tewkesbury, Cleeve hill and Cheltenham. It was great to see so many local landmarks and places I had already visited - but this time form the sky! It was an amazing experience and I would definately recommend to all.
I booked Heliflight as a novel way of celebrating my wife's birthday and together with our son we had a terrific 45 minuite flight down to Bristol over our house. The pilot was extremely helpful pointing out landmarks along the way and easily found our house which was a uniquie and exciting experience. The only slight disappointment was not to be able to overfly thr Clifton suspension bridge but realise this was due to restrictions on the day. But in summary, a brilliant birthday treat that my wife (and step-son) enjoyed enormously, facilitated by a very friendly and proffesional pilot. I would have no hesitation in using Heliflight again or recommending them to friends and family.
What an amazing trip. We bought a family 30 minute trip as a Christmas present, and it was wonderful. The organisation was first class and all the members of helifligth were smart, courteous and helpful. The kids loved the trip and want to do another one as soon as possible.
A birthday gift from my family - and what a gift it was! Candia absolutely oozed confidence - from the moment we strapped ourselves in I knew this was going to be a day to remember. We flew north along the M5 corridor to just south of Droitwich, then west towards and eventually over the Malvern hills before heading south towards the Severn Estuary. Then east over Gloucester and passed south of Staverton towards Up Hatherley where I was able to spot my house. A minute or so later we were back at Staverton and into a hover when Candia asked me to take control of the cyclic to try and maintain it - my efforts were not pretty. The whole experience left me wanting more, so I am sure I will be back soon.
Technical and flying information well presented and recievied. Looking forward to the next lesson
Excellent training flight with Candia who was both professional and informative. Can't wait for my next flight when funds allow. Used to fly with Heliflight at Halfpenny Green, still a welcoming company and well worth the trip to Gloucester. Fantastic setup and thanks to everyone.
I can't say whether it was value for money as I didn't pay as it was a 50th birthday surprise. What I can say is what an awesome and exhilarating experience. I've wanted to do this for years and I now I have. It was the best pressie. Our pilot was friendly, knowledgeable and professional.
The whole experience from walking in the door to leaving was amazing!!!!! Would definitely recommend it to anyone and everyone.
Thank you for an amazing time.
As a lover of aviation both simulated and real, I received a trial lesson as a present. I was greeted by John, who was very professional and has a clear passion and desire to share his interest with customers. My instructor Harry, then introduced himself and gave me a quick briefing, which not only enabled me to refresh my understanding and ask questions, but also enabled him to gauge the Ievel I was at and deliver the lesson accordingly. Harrys style of teaching was impeccable, and he went a long way to make me feel I was in control of the aircraft, taking time to boost my confidence and make a note of my successes too. After my flight John was more than happy to stand and chat about flying, there was no hurry to get us out of the door once we were done. The only issue I left Heliflight UK with is being unsure of how, as a university student, I'm going to fund my PPL (H), which I will certainly do with them!
Had a great day with the Heliflight team. Fab lady instructor who obviously had years of experience. Explained everything really well. The experience was a gift and I received a booklet with the flight/training day voucher - would highly recommend you read it before going if its your first time. Will definitely be going again.
We both enjoyed our flight in the R44 very much indeed. It was the highlight of our holiday and we are both still smiling now. I just wish I was young (and sharp) enough to gain my PPL (H)!
Best wishes Richard and Christine.
Had a really fantastic day. My trial lesson helicopter flight was a birthday present from my lovely wife. It exceeded my expectations and everyone at Heliflight was great.
The weather was perfect and Candia was so professional and made the flight so interesting and enjoyable.
Many thanks for a great time.
My wife bought me this 45 minute flight as an anniversary present. It was amazing. The staff were very friendly and professional, and the weather was great. Totally different from fixed wing flying. If you want a great fun experience, then look no further. Thanks to all at Heliflight for a great experience.
Really enjoyed my helicopter flight with Candia. We first started with basic principles of helicopter controls in the classroom, before moving out to the helicopter.
We moved off the airfield, over my house in a nearby village and eventually I was able to handle the controls. Starting off with the cyclic, then the pedals and finally the collective. Hovering at 2000ft in the air seems easy enough, then after a good hour we return to the airfield to try some hovering.
I will be back to master the hover, its not so easy, more tuition needed! Everyone was charming, especially my instructor, saving my pocket money for helicopter lessons.
This was one of the less costly flights Ive done, but one of the best. The staff and pilot were friendly and helped with photo's ( I was on my own). Flying a helicopter is completely unkile an a fixed wind aircraft, give it a go!!
The flight was fantastic. We will come again soon, far better than I thought it would be! I am still talking about it! Also recommended to all my friends on facebook. The experience was out of this world. Also thank you for the kind hospitality and your gift of the photograph and folder.
This was a birthday surprise from my husband and we took our 23yr old daughter along in the spare seat. Was a little apprehensive having never flown in a helicopter before but felt quite at ease and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Requested that we flew over our house, up to Worcester and then back over the Malvern's which we did, very smoothly. Can certainly recommend this as a lovely treat and hopefully would like to repeat it at some future point.
Absolutely brilliant fantastic experience. Highly recommend it to anyone. Relaxed atmosphere. Warm welcome for me and friends and family that came and watched. Candia is a brilliant pilot, explained everything then off we went. Explained the logics of how and what works. Got chance to fly and then the challenge of hovering at the end before we landed. Didn't want it to end, definitely would like to do it again. Very very happy.
This was a birthday present from my wife a half hour introductory helicopter flight on an R22. We arrived early, but due to unforeseen circumstances they were running slightly late, the ground crew made us feel welcome and told us a bit about the place. When the instructor arrived I spent a few minutes in an office being show the mechanics of helicopter flight along with a model helicopter so that when we took to the air I would know what did what. The Instructor was helpful and talkative both on the ground and in flight where I had the opportunity to fly the helicopter and later on practice hovering. As this was only the second time I had flown which the instructor was no aware of until I mentioned it as we were flying over Gloucester I felt completely at ease. This is something that I would like to try again perhaps a little longer than 30 minutes as time seemed to fly and I would go back to the same people.
Made to feel welcome and fully explained everything.
Really enjoyed the experience and would highly recommend.
Really enjoyed the day. Even the rain didn't spoil the experience. Friendly staff. Put you at ease. Looking forward to my next lesson, very soon. A big thank you.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and all was handled very professionally. A briefing before boarding the aircraft followed by a full explanation of the controls once we were in situ. I was then able after take-off to handle each of the control systems individually before being allowed to take full control and actually fly it myself. I found that it took all my concentration to control it. I am full of admiration for professional Helicopter Pilots. It is no easy job. It was one of the best experiences I have ever had and would recommend anyone to try it at Heliflight.
An incredible experience with the fantastic team at Heliflight UK, I booked another immediately afterwards for my dad and will be joining them again myself in the near future!
Had my first helicopter lesson with Heliflight that my wife had bought me for my 50th. Candia was great she made me feel at ease. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and can't wait to do it again, so thank you Heliflight!
Booked as a treat for my 60th birthday. We arrived and received a lovely welcome from John. There was a slight delay due to weather conditions which was unavoidable but we were kept occupied during the wait with a tour of the hanger and interesting information. We told Candia (our pilot) what we were most interested in seeing during our 45 min flight and she didn't disappoint. Although we were nervous to start with Candia quickly put us at ease prior to take off. We saw everything we wanted to see and more, took some great photos and can't wait to go again. Thank you Heliflight x.
Had a great day. Thank you to all and Candia was so calm.
15th Nov' was my first lesson in a rotorcraft, and I had expectations from fixed wing experience. All told, it was an amazing, tailored experience from clearly well seasoned professionals (6,500 hours, I believe). An absolute joy. My only lament being how I can afford to continue the training from a financial perspective. Put simply, the best, most informed fun I've had in a while. Candia is a credit to the firm; to be recommended!
Amazing afternoon yesterday for my husbands 40th birthday treat. We had a half hour flight to our house in Charfield and back with our 3year old son, finished off with a coffee at the Aviation Cafe watching planes and helicopters land and take off. Staff all lovely and friendly. Amazing sights, lovely photos, great memories. Thanks so much x
As a Golden Wedding Anniversary present from our children, we were given a 45/50mns helicopter flight from Gloucester airport down to South Glos. And over the area where we were born, attended school and our wedding church. It could not have been a better present on such a day. The flight route requested by our children was flown exactly as asked, and at only 1500ft, we were able to clearly see all the places that brought back many happy memories. The pilot talked to us about what we could see, was very friendly in sharing our special day and obviously an extremely experienced and competent helicopter pilot. Neither my wife or myself felt unsafe at any time and would recommend this flight experience to people of all ages - helicopter. Re value for money, our flight was a present and a super at that!!
My wife and family had an excellent pleasure flight with Heliflight. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and the pilot was very accommodating, flying over all the landmarks my wife had requested. Helicopter flights are undoubtedly expensive, and since this is a bit of a one-off, quite hard to judge against the competition (not that there is any locally), but it seems to have been well worth it.
I had the most fabulous time. A very professional pilot who made me feel 100% safe and comfortable as it was my first time in a helicopter! I left feeling....I want to go again!!!! Fantastic experience
I had a 45 minute trail flight for a birthday present. I came up from London so when it rained on the day of the flight I was slightly worried. I phoned and was able to re arrange the flight for the next morning - exceptional customer service!! On the day of the flight the pilot was extremely nice and patient giving me a full experience and actually letting me fly instead of always have hold of the controls. However he was always on hand if it got out of control. An excellent experience that was fully enjoyed!
Service second to none.
Our flight was cancelled on Saturday 19th July due to bad weather and low cloud but we were able to rearrange for the next day even though there was an Airfield Open Day.
Staff were very helpful and our Pilot was fantastic. The flight was very smooth!
We were able to fly over everywhere we wanted; family dwellings in Chepstow and Itton, the church we were married in at Itton. Carrying on up the Wye Valley over Tintern, The Anchor where we had our wedding reception and Tintern Abbey. Then to Monmouth and back to Gloucester Via Symonds Yat.
What an unforgettable treat and a great day out. Thanks to my children and their families for buying me the flight for my 60th birthday.
A huge Thank You to everyone involved at Heliflight UK Ltd, we would thoroughly recommend them to everyone.
Had a one hour taster lesson flying an R22 (a birthday present) and it was great! The instructor was excellent and very patient with my attempts at hovering. On top of that, the ground crew were very friendly and chatted away to my partner and showed her round the hangar while I was in the air, so she had a lovely time too. Highly recommend Heliflight!
Amazing experience, took my stepfather for his 75th birthday. Candia was terrific...even chased a steam train along the track so he could get great pics as he is a railway fanatic. It was is first time in a helicopter and it could not have been better. Would recommend these guys to anyone, a really professional outfit.
Thoroughly enjoyed my first flight, supported by an excellent instructor... Would definitely recommend.
Excellent experience and instruction. Loved it.
I was treated to a trial lesson for my 21st birthday. It was such an amazing experience, made even better by friendly staff and a brilliant pilot, Candia. I now have the flying-bug and want to go again! Thank you Heliflight for giving me the most memorable day.
This was one of the best birthday presents I've ever been given. I'm 50 (and I've never been in a helicopter before) and I now want to fly a helicopter properly. Despite rainy weather the lesson was a superb introduction to what could become a bit of an obsession. I am now squirrelling away money to save up for more. Maybe I'll even work towards my licence to fly one of these things properly; how cool would that be?!?Thanks to Candia and the crew for being so welcoming, putting me at my ease and reassuring me that helicopters don't just "fall out of the sky" but - contrary to urban myth - gently glide down to the ground in the event of loss of engine power: phew! Loved every minute of it
I booked the Helliflight for my Husbands birthday. May 31st 2004. The staff were friendly and informative. I would highly recommend as flying over Gloucester was a great experience.
This experience was a dream come true for me, to finally take the controls of a helicopter was at the top of my wish list for years. My instructor Stewart was great at explaining things, and put me at ease while letting me take control. I now know for sure that doing my PPL H is a priority, which of course will be done through Helifight. I would highly recommend anyone wanting to fly, or just go for a flight, contact Heliflight for a friendly and very professional service. Thanks very much again, David.
A great experience. I was expecting just a helicopter ride but ended up flying for a period of the time the dual control helicopter with excellent supervision. The pilot Candia was excellent as she explained the controls and supervised me carrying out several manoeuvres. The whole experience left me wanting to do it again.
This was a gift for my 60th birthday and I have to say it was a superb experience. Heliflight were great hosts and the flying experience was second to none.
I learnt to fly some years ago through Heliflight (UK)and obtained a PPL (H) licence on the R22 at the age of 18. Unfortunately, due to having epilepsy I was unable to keep my hours in and no longer fly today. Now being 32, I still miss the school and the people from the impact that they had on me. I would highly recommend this company for any enthusiast who is either looking for a trial lesson/lessons. All staff are very professional and thorough in what they teach. They are very open and approachable. In addition, safety is key and no shortcuts are ever taught. I can say this confidently as when I began flying it was with another school, who taught many bad habits. I am glad that I found this company.
A really enjoyable day. If you have thought about a trial flight, you won't be disappointed. Great fun and a very professionally run outfit. Highly recommended.
A review from Stuart Greaves from the Isle of Mann:-The introductory day to the R22 was truly memorable. I would advise anyone thinking of giving this a go to call Heliflight and arrange a flight.
Candia (Instructor) was very informative and gave me great confidence.
Must do it all again!
Gloucester Fantastic experience, and would recommend to anyone who has never tried it before. From the initial greeting to the end of the experience it was a joy.
On arrival we enjoyed a cup of coffee and were able to ask if we could fly over our own house.
It was amazing to see our town from the air and even our little house and other places of interest.
The pilot made us feel relaxed and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was a day to remember forever! Many, many thanks to everyone involved.
Amazing helicopter ride - very professional pilot calmed all of my nerves and the only disappointment was having to get out once the flight was finished.
I received a trial flight lesson voucher from my family for my 70th. Birthday. The staff were very courteous and informative; my pilot James did everything he could to make my lesson enjoyable and informative. Many thanks to all involved.
Thank you so much Candia for the wonderful flight last Friday. A magical experience. A super birthday surprise and one I will remember for a long time. Our pictures will remind us of this super trip.
What a great experience!
I didn't know quite what to expect. I wondered how much control I would get of the helicopter itself during the lesson seeing as though it was my first time in the cockpit, but I really did get a good go at flying the beast!
Instructions were clear, and I felt really happy giving it a go knowing the pilot next to me was ready to take back control when she needed to.
Maybe the next flight will be a full hour. I was buzzing all day
I enjoyed this flight so much! I was only interested in taking photos from the air, rather than learning to fly the machine, and the instructor was happy to do this. We went from Staverton Gloucester, down the Wye Valley towards Monmouth, then over to Lydney, which is my home town. Then we flew up the River Severn to Gloucester. It was so interesting and a whole new experience and perspective for me. I can't unfortunately upload photos, as all of mine are too big, but I took a lot of really good ones and am so pleased with them. It was just a wonderful experience, and I would do it again.
Thank you for enabling us to give our son a birthday present he will always remember.
He enjoyed every single minute of the experience and was so impressed with Candia as an instructor. As a family we thoroughly enjoyed being able to share it with him which was facilitated by the friendly atmosphere and professionalism of Heliflight UK. We wish they were situated nearer to where we live. Thank You for a great time.
Fantastic flight. Really enjoyed every moment. Just makes me want to do my PPL! Many thanks to all.
Had a great time and would love to do it again
I really enjoyed my Helicopter Flying Experience from pre-flight briefing to the flying experience itself. Candia made me feel at ease all the way through and I can fully recommend to anyone looking for a surprise present or any budding pilots out there.
A birthday treat, and we were very lucky with the weather. Enjoyed it loads!
Absolutely fantastic. I have been lucky enough to have been given Heliflight vouchers for birthdays and Christmas etc. I have always enjoyed the flights. Being given the choice of where to go is wonderful. My last flight on Saturday was perfect. Well done to all at Heliflight. I am usually hard to please!
The trip was a 70th birthday gift, at 70 your responses are not particularly honed, but Stewart the pilot was so patient and sensitive to my needs. It was an awesome experience try to control the helicopter Stewart balanced my mistakes without fuss and encouraged me throughout. Thank you so much Stewart and Helliflight.
Pleasant staff on the day, easy to chat to especially as a first time helicopter flight. The staff and pilot were very happy to oblige my wife with time to take photos to remember the day before take-off. Pilot for the short time was brilliant and very accommodating in taking me where I would easily recognise landmarks and give time to take my own photos. The icing was actually getting over the nerves to have a go and pilot the helicopter, again made possible by the obvious love of flight the pilot has.
An experience I recommend and look forward to a time I can take up more lessons.
Informative and entertaining, the majority of the event was based on practical experience. More time to practice hovering would be great, but I will try this again soon as I will be booking again ASAP.
A fantastic experience! Everyone at Heliflight was extremely welcoming and the flight was thrilling. The pilot was really friendly and she gave me the confidence to have several goes at flying. My trial flight was bought for me as a 40th birthday gift and have raved about it to all my friends ever since! A great idea for a special present. I just need to save up now to get my licence! Highly recommended.
What a FAB experience. This was a surprise from my husband and I was very nervous but I needn't have worried as Candia was brilliant. She was so lovely and made me feel at ease. Would highly recommend this experience, in fact I recommended Heliflight to a work colleague today. Thank you so much :).
Very professional service during booking and on the day of flying. Friendly knowledgeable pilot who flew over all the areas we had asked for and more! Fantastic value and a great experience
A big thank you to everyone at Heliflight uk for an amazing experience. We were bought the helicopter flight as a Christmas present and were promptly booked in for the 12th January, when we arrived the staff were friendly, polite and reassuring. Jon the pilot was very knowledgeable of the area we flew over. We really enjoyed ourselves, thank you. Karen, Conor and Marian.
I received a trial flight/lesson as a gift. Before getting in the helicopter Candia gave a quick overview of the controls, procedures, and the basics of helicopter flight. We then took off and flew over my local town and even managed to fly over my house! I then had a chance to try the controls which was fun. Towards the end of the flight I had a go at hovering near ground level, which unfortunately I wasn't too good at! Overall the experience was fantastic and Candia was a great instructor. I am definitely tempted to give it another go sometime!
This introduction to flying a helicopter was so good if I had the money I would do it every week. I'll just have to save hard and have lessons as and when I can afford it
I attended for an experience gift of a trial helicopter lesson. My instructor was Candia. Firstly my instructor was excellent, very patient, and explained everything in easy to understand terms. She was an excellent ambassador for the company. The overall experience was brilliant. I would thoroughly recommend anyone to fly with this company.
Had a great hour session with Candia, looking at each of the flight controls individually then used together, climbing, descending, turning, then some auto- rotations, before heading back for some landing practice and hovering. Very addictive, and made a great change from aeroplanes - I'm almost a convert! Staff on site were a pleasure.