Video: how to fly a helicopter
James Bond, Evelyn Salt, Jason Bourne... one thing you'll notice about all secret agents (at least, the ones worthy of Hollywood franchise love) is that if they need to get the hell outta Dodge, ANY vehicle will do. These super-spies are just as comfortable behind the controls of a jet plane, a submarine, a tank or a jetpack as you or I are cruising around in an automatic car. Why let them have all the fun? Here's a 5-minute hi-def primer on the basics of flying a helicopter, so you'll know what you're doing next time you 'jack' an Apache.
The only other thing you need to know is that the red trigger shoots.
Proper flying lessons are now more or less just a formality, but well worth it since helicopter pilots are loads of fun to hang out with. I was surprised how affordable a basic lesson could be, check out a provider local to you and give it a go!
Thanks to Sheldon and Paul at Heli Adventures, Kyhala and Vaughn at Melbourne Helicopters and Reg at the Helicopter Service Australia. Music: "Little bit country" by Cory Jach.
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But I was able to hover the Robinson and landed it about 6 times as well even though it was my first time. The pilot was impressed. But it\'s not as easy as this video makes it sound. When you apply lift, it tends to rotate and you have to compensate with the pedals. Also you have to anticipate it otherwise corrections come too late. But it\'s an absolute BLAST and I recommend it. Cost about NZ$400 for 45 minutes from memory.
Once you understand how it works and you build confidence, flying a helicopter opens an all new dimension to fixed wing. Living below 500 ft and being able to land anywhere is amazing and especially amazing when you get to save someones life.