30 Minute Trial Introductory Flight (TIF)
A Trial Introductory Flight (TIF) can either be a one-off flight experience for some or a “taste test” for a future career for others. Whatever your reason for wanting to sit in and take control of a helicopter, it is the experience of a lifetime!Please note:
All flight training conducted under AOC No. CASA.TAAOC.0516-10
All flight training and assessment conducted pursuant to Part 141 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR)
- A 30 minute comprehensive “Effects of Controls” one-on-one classroom brief with your Flight Instructor.
- Familiarisation session with your helicopter and its features.
- Instructor demonstration of helicopter startup procedures.
- A 30 minute flight with you at the controls and your Instructor in the co-pilot seat.
- Photo opportunity for you and friends or family.
- Post flight debriefing and Question and Answer opportunity.
- Safety is paramount. All safety processes and procedures required by Touchdown Helicopters and the government’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) are strictly adhered to in all aspects of conducting this training flight.
- Headsets are available for students inside the helicopter for clear and concise communication between instructor and student at all times.
- Student should allow approximately 90 minutes for the whole experience including check-in, briefing, flight planning, post flight briefing and photo opportunity.
- Free tea and coffee facilities, as well as a comfortable viewing lounge overlooking the helipad available for the student as well as for all family and friends spectating on the ground.
Upon arrival at Touchdown Helicopters the experience begins. Feel free to make yourself a tea or a coffee and bring it with you to our student classroom for your “Effects of Controls” instructor led briefing.
This briefing and flight exercise are officially lesson number 1 of a licence. Therefore the lesson will contribute to a Private Pilots License PPL(H) or Commercial Pilots License CPL(H) should you choose to complete one in the future.
The classroom briefing will cover all aspects of the helicopter controls and how they are used for straight and level flight, banking and for increase and decrease of altitude. Some of the very basic aerodynamic concepts that effect the helicopter will also be introduced.
Once the theory has been covered, it is time to go out and put it into practice!
After an introduction to the basics of the helicopter’s features, you will be sitting in the command seat. Your instructor show you the remaining pre-flight checks during engine start up.
Once airborne, your instructor will lead you through the controls of the helicopter as per the classroom briefing. After handing over the controls to you. It is now you can take a breathe and realise… You are flying a helicopter!!
Once back on the ground, a debrief on the flight is conducted and your chance to ask any questions you may have. You have now completed lesson 1 of helicopter flying!