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Experience an authentic helicopter pilot journey by combining a mini simulation course with hands-on flight, using the Elite TH100 Helicopter AATD for real-life training. Learn fundamental helicopter operations and safety, control understanding, and soar above the Port of Long Beach and Downtown Long Beach during the live flight experience, with accumulated flight time counting towards your license requirements.

🚁 Blend simulation and hands-on flight with Elite TH100 Helicopter AATD

📚 Master basic helicopter operations and safety in both simulation and live flight

🌆 Thrilling experience soaring 700-1,000 feet above Port of Long Beach and Downtown Long Beach

🚁 Accumulate flight time in the demo, counting towards helicopter license requirements


When do I choose a date?

After purchase, you can request your preferred dates and times by following the instructions in the email you receive. If it's a gift, the recipient will also get an email with booking instructions.

Thursday-Tuesday 9am-8pm

Practical information

Any restrictions to participate?

  • Age: All Ages
  • Weight: The seat limit for the R22 is between 205 lbs and 220 lbs depending on the aircraft. Passenger weight verification may be required. (Any cancellation of a planned flight due to weights exceeding the maximum allowable aircraft weight (individual or combined) will be charged at full price. All weight limitations and restrictions are either mandated by the FAA and/or the aircraft manufacturer).
  • Health limitations: It's recommended that pregnant women check with the healthcare provider if flying is allowed.
  • Physical limitations: Must be able to enter and exit the helicopter without assistance for safety reasons
  • Experience level: No experience needed.

Who can you accommodate for?

  • Children: All ages welcome, all passengers need a ticket
  • Individuals with disabilities: Not wheelchair accessible, individual need to be able to enter and exit the helicopter without assistance for safety reasons
  • Pets: No pets allowed.

What to expect on the day of the experience?

  • Duration: 75 minutes with 15-60 minutes of flight time depending on the option selected
  • What’s included: A mini simulation course with a hands-on helicopter flight training
  • Who will be present: An FAA Certified Flight Instructor and the student
  • Spectators: You may bring friends and family to watch you take off and land. 
  • Photo/ video: You may take your own photos.
  • Specific rules to follow: Due to the nature of this activity and the safety of all staff and guests, this helicopter lesson provider reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who show any signs or indications of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If, as a result, your tour is canceled, you will not be entitled to a refund.

How to prepare?

  • Weather dependency: This experience is weather dependent. Customers will not be held liable for adverse weather, temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs), or unforeseen aircraft maintenance. Your tour will be rebooked at no additional charge. 
  • Arrival: Plan to arrive 15 minutes in advance
  • Parking: Free parking available 
  • What to wear: Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather conditions.
  • What to bring: Please bring a valid ID
  • Restrooms/ lockers/ changing rooms: Restrooms available. Customers can bring their purse into the helicopter (no lockers available).


Full description

Experience Highlights:

  • Authentic Experience: Combine a mini simulation course with hands-on helicopter flight to provide an authentic helicopter pilot experience.
  • Advanced Training Device: Utilize the Elite TH100 Helicopter AATD, the only simulator in the area, for the simulation course, offering real-life helicopter flight training.
  • Fundamentals Learning: The AATD and helicopter flight combination facilitates learning basic helicopter operations and safety fundamentals.
  • Control Understanding: After the simulation, understand controls, their purpose, and the format for the aircraft ride.
  • Live Flight Experience: Soar 700-1,000 feet above the Port of Long Beach and Downtown Long Beach, applying lessons learned during the hands-on helicopter flight.
  • License Requirements: Accumulate flight time during the demo flight, counting towards your helicopter license requirements.
  • Post-Flight Guidance: Knowledgeable staff provides information on future helicopter flight training after the demo flight.
  • R22 Training: Learn helicopter control fundamentals using the popular R22 training helicopter, covering straight and level flight, climbs, descents, and turns.
  • Extended Options: Opt for a 30-minute demo to delve into hovering, one of the most challenging aspects of learning to fly, or choose a 60-minute option for more control time and a broader local area exploration.

Returns, exchanges and cancellation

Unused Experience Vouchers can be returned within 30 days for a full refund to the original purchaser, no questions asked.

If you have any unused Experience Vouchers, you can exchange them for anything else in our marketplace, no matter when. If you choose an experience that's more expensive, you'll need to pay the difference, but if you choose one that costs less, you'll receive a credit towards your next booking.

No refunds are allowed once the experience is booked, but you can reschedule up to 72 hours before your experience, for a date within a year of the original booking. To reschedule, contact the experience provider directly. No-shows or rescheduling less than 72 hours in advance means losing the value of your experience.

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