Pilots are the cowboys of the air, roaming the wide-open skies and herding children's runaway balloons. Giddy up, up, and away with today's Groupon: for $75, you get a 45- to 60-minute flight-simulator experience at Blue Hill Helicopters in Norwood (a $150 value).
The expert instructors at Blue Hill Helicopters help recreational fliers and prospective pilots take to the air without leaving the ground in a realistic FlyIt helicopter simulator approved by the FAA for professional-pilot training. Before the virtual flight, experienced instructors guide students through a classroom course on helicopter basics, revealing the secrets of takeoff, landing, and hovering. Trainees take a seat in the two-person cockpit simulator, perform a preflight check on the cockpit's myriad of gauges, and either lift off or press buttons at random in search of a secret code to reach the Boss flight. The unit accommodates passengers up to 275 pounds and does not have an age or height restriction, creating a unique opportunity to test skills on the controls without the risks and fears associated with actual flying. Front and side window view screens project the distant lights of the Vegas Strip or the breathtaking skyline of downtown Manhattan so students can find out firsthand if there's anything stuck up the Statue of Liberty's nose.
Blue Hill Helicopters
Located just outside Boston, Blue Hill lets aspiring pilots navigate both the busy airspace above the city and the more difficult flying conditions around the White Mountains. A full-scale flight simulator preps beginners before they can receive one-on-one lessons from an instructor in a two-seat Schweizer 300C helicopter, which accommodates both commercial or private flying tracks. The copter also ferries passengers above the city at dusk or carries riders home to the nest where flying machines roost at night.
125 Access Rd.
Norwood, Massachusetts 02062