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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published May 16th 2011


Helicopters are fascinating pieces of equipment. Their distinctive shape and noise as well as their ability to fly at lower altitudes than the majority of regular airplanes can, make them very attracting. If you've always wanted to learn how to fly a helicopter, you have the chance to do so in New York City. There are several flight schools near New York City that offer helicopter lessons.

Pegasus Flight

Flying in New York airspace takes a certain amount of specialized expertise. This includes how to communicate with air traffic controllers in the area where you are flying, as well as remaining in compliance with New York airspace restrictions and regulations. Pegasus Flight offers intensive in this area, as well as other aspects of helicopter flying. The course includes handbooks, training manuals, test materials, and instructions for earning the license or rating you are interested in. After completion of the course, you'll be ready to take your test for your license or rating.

Helicopter Flight Training, Inc., Long Island Mac Arthur Airport, 2111 Smithtown Avenue, Ronkonkoma, New York 11779

This helicopter school includes ground school as well as flight lessons so that you will be well-trained in helicopter flying. Ground school is taught in a one-on-one setting, so you received personal attention. You attend both ground school and flight training, so you're learning everything you need to know at the same time; there's no "lag" between ground school and flight training. Instructors and helicopters are available seven days a week. If its daylight, somebody will be available to help you learn to fly helicopters. Once you've been checked out to fly at night, you'll be able to schedule some night flights, if you wish.

Great American Days

This company is based out of Atlanta, GA, but offers helicopter flying lessons in the New York area. You learn in a Robinson R-22 helicopter, which is a top-of-the-line model. You'll start out with a 30-minute introductory lesson that is very hands-on. During this short time, you'll learn about the helicopter, including how to read gauges, how to handle the flight controls, learning to conduct a pre-flight check, and other things. Then, you'll actually get in and fly the helicopter (with an instructor present, of course).

Wings Air

Located in White Plains, New York, this company trains helicopter pilots on the Schweizer 300C. They do this so that those taking helicopter flying lessons won't have to undergo further training as they do if they are flying a Robinson helicopter. In addition, the helicopter is designed for maximum safety, including dual controls and a main rotor that has been especially designed for easier control. All of this adds up to a safe flying lesson experience.
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Why? Because learning how to fly is fun
When: Whenever classes are scheduled
Where: All over New York City
Cost: Depends on the class
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