Helicopter or Plane? Aviation Fans Please

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Hi all,

Always wanted to learn to fly. Even took a few lessons a number of years back.

I've decided I want to get back to a flying hobby and take up some recreational flying and obviously I need my PPL.


Lately I've been toying with the idea of flying a helicopter. Granted the range mightn't be as far but they sure look fun to fly!

Yes, I know it can be expensive to learn to fly either mode but that's not really what I'm here to get clarification on. I'm interested to get a warrior's perspective on which they prefer and why.

So, are there any budding aviation enthusiasts here with their take on which they prefer to fly and why?

Chocks away!
  • Profile picture of the author Edge88
    I would totally say helicopter now and plane later I would say helicopter first because I think it's more realistic for you to own a helicopter sooner than a plane. And you can have a helipad in your backyard if you really wanna ball out
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  • Profile picture of the author dgridley
    When I was a kid, they always had plans for kit copters in Popular Mechanics.. always wanted to try my hand at that.

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    • Profile picture of the author Cringer

      Cost of both a small cessna or helicopter aren't leagues apart.

      I'm rather interested in the "fun" aspect as when I decide on one or the other I'll be in it for the long haul.

      Either experiences of both modes of flight would be welcomed.
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  • Don't you have to have a basic flight school and pilot's license first to take helicopter flight?

    Provided of course, you're not flying 'under the radar'...
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    • Profile picture of the author seasoned
      Originally Posted by MoneyMagnetMagnate View Post

      Don't you have to have a basic flight school and pilot's license first to take helicopter flight?

      Provided of course, you're not flying 'under the radar'...
      Flying a helicopter and an airplane is very different. I would think that there are no cross requirements there.

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  • Profile picture of the author Edge88
    Cringer, I see you are serious about this. Ok in that case how about taking a few intro lessons in both of them? I wanted to get my airplane pilots license a couple of years ago (hasn't materialized yet) and I remember that I was able to find a bunch of aviation clubs at smaller/local airports. so trying it out would be a good way to make your decision.
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  • Profile picture of the author MarketTNT
    Go for it! Fixed wing first, mandatory.
    Just FYI there is a big difference in cost of ownership/operation of the two. Simplified... More moving parts = more cost. Light helicopters like a Robinson are cool but they are NOT the same as turbine, they really don't hoover well and have low payloads.

    Here this should keep the bug alive...lol
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