Often teased for being different, the helicopter is actually the envy of all bicycle-powered biplanes and trebuchet-powered pianos. Get to know a complex machine with today's Groupon: for $59, you get a half-hour helicopter simulation at E-Z Air Helicopter Services (a $125 value).
E-Z Air operates a Transport Canada–accredited flight school and helicopter charter company, serving industries from tourism to conservation. The Transport Canada–approved Level 2 simulator, used in flight training, introduces groundlings to a replication of real helicopter controls and cubic zirconium pilot's wings. Based on the furnishings of a Bell 206 JetRanger turbine helicopter, an instrument panel puts pupils through the paces of cyclic, collective, throttle, and pedal controls. Instructors school pilots on the basics before setting them free to virtually take off from an international airport of their choice.
Rotor whisperers soar over computer-generated landscapes in 30 minutes of upper-air flights, lower-level map-of-the-earth excursions, and liberal bouts of hovering. Fixed on a 180-degree screen demanding unobstructed peripheral vision, flyers pit motor skills against instructor-controlled weather conditions, simulated gravity, and robot pigeons. In addition to conjuring realistic instrument meteorological conditions for a variety of radio procedures, approaches, and departures, the simulator realistically reacts to the pilot's control inputs.
63 Airport Rd.
Bldg. 19, Suite 203
Edmonton, Alberta T5G 0W6