The­mat­ic gifts

Flight as a gift - for those who choose the sky

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.

By helicopter

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.

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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 $.

By plane

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.

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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 $.

Skydiving

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 $.

Paragliding

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.

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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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