Gift Experiences...What should I buy?
Updated: Nov 25, 2019
If you have come across our shop, then you are obviously searching for that extra special helicopter experience for you or for someone to gift to. Some customers know exactly what they want to purchase, but if you are a bit confused about what would be best, keep on reading for a guide on all our experiences.
Trial Lesson or Pleasure Flight?
Trial Lessons are for those who want to have a go taking control of the aircraft and range in price and aircraft.
If this seems too daunting or you think you or your loved one is more the type to sit back, relax and enjoy, then a Pleasure Flight or Dining Package would be the choice.
Pleasure Flights are for those that wish to explore and view some stunning scenery from the air. If you wish to add an extra special element to you tour then why not choose a Dining Package where you will be whisked off to a 4/5 star hotel for a spot of lunch before returning back to your original departure point.
Once you have decided between these, scroll down to the relevant section to read more on each option…
So, you have decided that a Trial Lesson would be the perfect gift. So now you need to decide which Trial Lesson suits you and your budget the best.
At Phoenix we have a range of options to suit everyone’s requirements and budgets.
For those that want a ‘budget friendly’ experience, our Taster Trial Lessons are the best. These offer a split student & passenger flight which is conducted in our largest training aircraft the Robinson R44 (seats pilot, student, plus two passengers). These flights will allow each participant to take control at upper air flight, and at the hover as well as being a passenger. These are the only Trial Lessons that are conducted on select dates, so please see the “When Can I Book For?” section or contact us to discuss availability.
Click here to read our BLOG for more information on the differences between each aircraft and which will be best for you.
You also have a choice of which airport you would like your experience from, this is chosen when you book. Fly from either Solent Airport (Hampshire) or Blackbushe Airport (Surrey).
(Left - Blackbushe airport; Right - Solent airport)
The final choice is then how long you would like your lesson for. Each aircraft has a choice of 30 or 60 minutes. This is the time spent in the air from rotor start to rotor stop. The full experience will be either an hour or two hours to allow time for pre-flight and de-briefs with your instructor.
If 30 or 60 minutes is not enough, then take a look at our 'Discovery Days' option which is a full two hours in the air (split into two one-hour lessons either on the same day or separate) with two hours of Ground School with an instructor. These options are designed more for those interested in starting training with us, however can also be that extra special experience for those that wish to learn more than just the basics.
All our one-to-one Trial Lessons are available to book 7 days a week subject to aircraft and instructor availability.
So you or your lucky recipient would like to sit back, relax and enjoy some spectacular scenery and have decided that a Pleasure Flight is just for you. Now all you need to do is decide on which one..
(Left - views of Portsmouth; Right - views of London)
For those that are after a ‘budget friendly’ or ‘first time flyers’ gift, then the Buzz Flight is the choice for you. These 10 minute tours are perfect for those that want to give someone an extra special gift without breaking the bank, or for those that would like to have a taster of what it is like to fly in a helicopter before splashing out on a longer tour. These tours are run on select dates only so please make sure you read the section on 'When can I book for?'. Flights are available from either Solent Airport or Blackbushe Airport.
If a longer tour is more your ideal, then we offer 30 and 60 minute tours from both our branches at Solent Airport and Blackbushe Airport.
Depending on which airfield you wish to fly from will depend on the tour that we will conduct. From Solent we offer Portsmouth and Isle of Wight tours, and from Blackbushe we offer Surrey and London Tours.
One final choice for those that wish to purchase a Pleasure Flight is the option to buy a single seat or a Family Pack.
Single Seat vouchers are only flown on specific dates as the flight will be shared with other passengers (usually a maximum of three in total), however this can be a great option for those that can’t stretch to the exclusive Family Pack but would like to enjoy a longer flight.
Family Pack Vouchers are exclusive flights for up to three passengers (subject to passenger weights). Theses vouchers may be booked 7 days a week (subject to aircraft and pilot availability) and also include a discount compared to purchasing all three seats on a single basis.
Now for those of you that want to purchase that extra special helicopter experience, the dining package is the choice for you.
These flights are exclusively for two people and include;
- A return flight to a 4/5* hotel
- In-flight champagne
- Set-course lunch or afternoon tea at the hotel
We have a choice of four hotels and one restaurant which you can chose to fly into; Chewton Glen Hotel in the New Forest, Bailiffscourt Hotel in West Sussex, Oakley Hall hotel in North Hampshire, The Hut restaurant on the Isle of Wight, and The Vineyard Hotel, in Newbury. Click on each hotel to view more information or click here to read our review on each destination.
These flights are only for two passengers; however, you may pay an additional amount to add a third person on the flight with you.
Bookings may be made Monday - Friday (weekends may incur an additional fee) and will be subject to the availability at your chosen destination.
So, now that you have all the details on what experience to choose what is stopping you?
However, if you still really can’t choose or you don’t see anything that suits you please do not hesitate to contact us as we would be more than happy to discuss bespoke options.
We look forward to seeing you soon!