Have you ever wanted to know what it feels like to fly a helicopter? Why not find out in the best weather and the best location in the world?
When you arrive at the main gates of Son Bonet Aerodrome, Sloane Helicopters SL is easy to find, should you need directions security will be more than happy to assist you.
You will be welcomed and introduced to your instructor in whose expert hands you will be for the next hour or so.
You will see for yourself the size of the aircraft and how civilised it is. Most people have preconceived ideas of what to expect, so you may be surprised to see comfortable seats, carpets and a heater. Comfort in fact, not unlike your car.
Your instructor will describe to you how the aircraft flies, how the drive system works and he will explain the function of the flying controls. When you are ready, he will escort you to your helicopter, see you are sitting relaxed, show you how to hold the controls comfortably and explain the interior layout of instruments and switches.
The instructor will start the engine and you now have half an hour of excitement in front of you. It takes a few minutes for the rotor to start and the engine to warm up. You will then lift off and for the first few minutes the instructor will fly so you can get used to the sensation of flying in a helicopter.
When you are ready you will be invited to hold the controls and then take over. There is a degree of coordination required in flying, so we normally invite you to try one control at a time, initially, and then progress from there.
During the flight you will start to get to feel the controls but your instructor will also show you what it is like to land in a confined space. He will also show you an auto rotation but you will not be aware that the machine is gliding until he points out that the engine is idle.
Towards the end of the flight, you will be trying the controls in the hover when you will see the co-ordination required.
As you walk back to the Flying School to receive your certificate, you will have a smile on your face.
Once the flight has finished you will be presented a Souvenir Map of the flight, which can actually be logged towards part of your flight training!
The whole experience takes around 2 hours.