Both flight training and tours take place in a 2008 Robinson Raven II helicopter, hooked up to its antlers with an HD camera system that can record the flight for an extra cost. Discovery flights (up to a $299 value) are ideal for anyone considering the aerial career path of a helicopter pilot. The lesson begins with 30 minutes of ground training and includes a variety of preflight procedures. Following this earthbound orientation, you'll take to the skies for 20 minutes of hands-on, instructor-guided flying. If you aren't interested in piloting the R-44, you can perch above the skies crying "Nevermore!" with an aerial three-person tour. During the 20-minute experience, you and two friends or a father-son potato-sack-racing team will be guided 500 feet above the earth's crust for a westbound tour over the Guadalupe River and beautiful Texas Hill Country. Whether piloting or passengeering, you'll be treated to a variety of sublime natural views.
Texas Sphere Ride brandishes a novel thrill with its massive inflatable spheres that send adrenaline junkies tumbling along a fenced-in track. The hollow, cushioned plastic balls safely cradle strapped-in pairs as they gather speed, rolling and bouncing along a dirt path. For added excitement, Texas Sphere Ride’s partnership with Helicopter Tours of Texas augments spherical jaunts with a short ride in a chopper for a more heart-pounding adventure than a hostage negotiation in a cardiologist’s office.