You may not have thought about having helicopter lessons, but taking to the skies can give your activity holiday in Wales a completely different dimension. Not only will you be learning a new skill, you will also benefit from the best views of Wales's beautiful countryside.
An initial helicopter lesson will cover the basics of controlling an aircraft and essential safety information, as well as a 30-minute flight. You will get to do the exciting bit during the flight, as instructors are happy to hand the controls over to even complete novices.
Don't worry too much about making mistakes, as training helicopters benefit from dual control and the instructor will be able to quickly take over and keep you safe in the event of an emergency.
Helicopter lessons are available from several places in Wales, including a base in the Powys countryside, close to the English border. As well as experiencing the exhilaration of controlling an aircraft for the first time, you will be able to see the stunning Powys countryside from a whole new perspective as you look down on the castles, mountains and lakes which have made the area so popular with tourists.
You will also be able to enjoy your first experience as a helicopter pilot from Swansea Airport, which is home to a centre providing trial lessons. Anyone taking to the skies from Swansea will have unrivalled views of the spectacular Gower Peninsula, which is widely recognised as one of the most beautiful parts of the UK thanks to its long, unspoiled sandy beaches.
Helicopters are traditionally associated with the rich and famous, and viewed as an exclusive form of transport for pop stars, racing drivers and multimillionaire businessmen. While you may need millions if you want to use a helicopter for the daily commute, it costs much less to get behind the controls of an aircraft for the first time.
It may be something you can afford as part of an activity holiday in Wales, while a helicopter gift, such as a lesson for a beginner, is an option if you are searching for a special present.
By Dipika Patel