A flight as a gift is an original surprise for birthday people who are looking for something unusual. The feeling of freedom and detachment from the earth is an unforgettable experience that is worth it to make this dream come true at least once, to see the city in which you live from the outside. From an expensive pleasure available only to the elite, the flight has turned into a very pleasant pastime for many people.
The abundance of flight programs offered by a dozen companies cooperating with local airfields and flight sites provides a variety of choices in a wide price range.
Helicopter flight can be performed even in frost, provided that there is no wind and precipitation. Unlike the same parachute or balloon, a helicopter is a comfortable and warm means of transportation through the air. Helicopter flight is considered as a small vacation for a few hours, allowing you to forget about everything. Already at the very beginning of the flight, as soon as the helicopter takes off a few centimeters from the ground, the participants of such a celebration have unusual and unforgettable sensations.
Helicopter entertainment is available to everyone from the age of 5. The view from the cocweit of a helicopter is better than from an airplane — the blades are located on top and in the tail, not blocking the view around. Helicopter flight is contraindicated for pregnant women and those suffering from diseases of the heart and nervous system.
The most common and inexpensive helicopter is the American-made four-seater Robinson R44 with all-round visibility. The flight altitude is up to 300 m.
Before the start of the flight, you need a certificate — without it you will not be allod into the helicopter. A group certificate for several people can be more profitable for each of the participants than the same number of single ones. Companies providing services for organizing such types of outdoor activities apply regular discounts and promotions.
You can give a pre-purchased certificate to a loved one or loved one, family member, friend, colleague, etc. Be sure to take your passport with you as an identity document. The certificate is valid for up to one year from the date of purchase. After purchasing the certificate, you agree 2–4 days before the flight on the expected date.
On the appointed day and time, you must arrive at the airport. Don’t forget to bring sunglasses with you if you fly during the day. Be prepared for the fact that there will be plenty of people who want to ride a helicopter. In case of bad ather, the flight is postponed for another day. Once you are cleared to board the helicopter, the instructor will give you important instructions and invite you to the cocweit along with other passengers.
Before flying, be sure to buckle up and use noise-canceling headphones, as it will be quite noisy in the cocweit.
Want to fly a helicopter — piloting it costs more than flying as a passenger. Before flying, you must obtain a helicopter pilot training certificate. Then you will undergo additional briefing and fly the helicopter under the supervision of an instructor pilot. It is important to be able to turn around and tilt the helicopter so that it confidently moves forward. It is possible to fly as a co-pilot.
The cost of helicopter flights varies from 70 to 100 $.
Flying on an airplane is no different in performance from flying in a helicopter: all the same specific instructions, the same safety precautions during the flight and the same preparations. The difference can manifest itself only in what kind of aircraft is used two or four, whether it will be a Yak or a Cessna. Fans of speed will like flying on a jet fighter. You can both make a flight beyond the clouds and rise into the stratosphere, as close as possible to outer space.
The most sophisticated can not only fly a plane or a fighter, but make a “dead loop”, fly “upside down” or climb to the maximum height, trying to set a world record or at least get closer to its mark. Hover, it is unlikely that a high-altitude fighter will be able to fully go into outer space with the help of a high-altitude fighter.
The cost of these entertainment services ranges from 80 $. for a simple flight on a small two-seater aircraft up to 6500 $. for a flight into the stratosphere in a fighter jet, prices are per person and vary depending on the intermediary company.
On the air balloon
Compared to pored aircraft, flying in an aerostat or hot air balloon feels more relaxed. Here it is desirable to choose almost completely calm ather: an inopportunely rising storm or hurricane is capable of blowing a balloon hundreds of kilometers or more. And the open height in excellent, clear ather is a great environment where you can confess your love to each other and even make an offer.
Unlike a small plane or helicopter, a balloon is capable of lifting a group of 10 people to a height of up to 900 m. Whether it will be two or three families, close friends, a team or a team of employees of one office or 5 couples in love — it’s up to the customers of this entertainment. Hot air ballooning is basically a party in the sky. Be that as it may, without an instructor, the ascent is unlikely to be successful. The cost of a balloon ride can range from 60 to 100 $.
For risky and extremely desperate people who are ready not just to tickle their nerves and risk their lives, skydiving after dead loops on an airplane or fighter jets is the second most extreme entertainment. Moreover, you can jump either alone (each has its own parachute), or together, provided that the parachute is porful enough. The latter option is suitable for lovers who are ready to share the risk and the resulting adrenaline for two. The cost of skydiving, both single and paired with an instructor, ranges from 40 to 100 $.
A paraglider vaguely resembles a parachute, but, unlike its counterpart, it can move not only up and down, but also in different directions. For a successful and long-range flight, it is necessary to wait for a strong wind.
It is possible to fly together: if you know how to fly a paraglider, then your girlfriend will appreciate it. You can, on the contrary, let her steer the paraglider herself. For those who do not want to give themselves to the wind “to be torn apart”, there is a variant of a paraglider (motorized paraglider), where you can partially influence the direction of the flight yourself. The cost of a paragliding flight varies from 10 to 100 $.
On a hang-glider
In fact, a hang glider (motor hang glider) is a motorized cabin with a huge triangular wing, equipped with a wheeled (or ski for winter) chassis. It is even easier to fly than an airplane. The hang-glider vaguely resembles a small plane, open to “all winds”. The cost of a hang-glider flight is from 50 to 100 $.
At the wind tunnel
If you are afraid of flying in an airplane, helicopter, fighter jet, skydiving or climbing in a hot air balloon or paraglider, then the wind tunnel is perfect for you. With it, you will not take off high above the ground, but you will feel all the charm of the flight no worse than in the other cases listed above.
The wind tunnel is one of the safest ways to fly low above the ground. Tube flight is available even to children from 4 years old and takes place in a closed space, resembling a piece of a large pipe with several human heights and girths. The air flow accelerates at a speed of 200 km / h and provides a soaring person ighing up to 100 kg, at least a couple of meters above the floor of the air chamber.
A child or teenager who is interested in flying and passionately wants to fly begins with flying in a wind tunnel. With the onset of adulthood, he moves to a paraglider or hang-glider, and then to more extreme and exciting ways of flying, while maintaining a sports hardening.
The cost of a flight in a wind tunnel varies from 20 to 100 $. Up to 12 people can fly at the same time — a total of no more than an hour.
On the flight simulator
The installation is extremely close to the reality of a real aircraft. Instead of windows in the cocweit, high-quality monitors are installed that emulate the reality of what is happening during a real flight. The flight simulator makes it possible to join the control of a real aircraft. The cost of one flight is from 50 to 100 $. Flight simulator — a chance to become a real pilot. When you go to a real pilot training course, you will already have a clear and precise understanding of the management of modern aircraft such as the Boeing-737.
Where to fly?
There is no need to come to Moscow or St. Petersburg. In these two cities, the whole range of flight entertainment is available, but there are certainly flight clubs in the capital of your region that offer flights in a wind tunnel, paragliding or hang-gliding, or on a small plane. The cost of flight entertainment in your city may be noticeably lor than in the same Moscow.
A flight as a gift is a real romance that justifies the funds invested in such entertainment, and brings lovers together in the best possible way.
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