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Junior Aviators – Term Break Madness

Only a few weeks to go before the first term break – do you hear the collective moan of parents everywhere wondering how to keep the kids happy over the holidays?
We do and we feel your pain, so much so, we have the perfect solution for at least one of your many days to fill.
Our Junior Aviator Program is sure to thrill your kids and will keep them on a high for days afterwards.

Once your kids have outgrown playdates at the park or the pool, holidays can be challenging (to put it mildly). Art classes and sporty day camps are bountiful; but also ultimately all the same.
So, if you are looking for something completely different, checking out Pterodactyl Helicopters’ program for junior aviators is a must indeed.
Our Junior Aviator Program is targeted at kids aged 10 to 15 and offers them the chance to really experience all aspects of the helicopter charter business.

Pterodactyl Helicopters takes the youngsters off your hands for a full day of high-flying fun (sensibly priced at $275) – all you need to do is drop them off at our Lake Manchester hangar at 7.30 am and return to collect them around 4.30 pm (pick up times will vary depending on the day’s activities). Lunch and beverages will be supplied (as will team T-shirts and caps), so our junior crew won’t be weighed down with the usual luggage required for a day away.

Our Junior Aviator Program is a crash course in all the aspects of our business.
Our junior crew start the day by getting their hands dirty with ground crew duties:  from the daily routine maintenance on the aircraft to moving our helicopter from the hangar to the helipad. Paperwork, such as checking out the weather and the notices to airmen, planning the routes for the flights booked on any given day, is also part of the experience.
Once our young assistants have had a full safety brief and have assisted our real-life ground crew to load up our utes, it is time for the first flight of the day – from our home base to our base of operations for the day (which varies depending on our bookings).

Back on the ground, Pterodactyl Helicopters will keep the kids busy helping handle our passengers, filling in all paperwork required and making sure operations run smoothly – and, best of all, whenever there is a spare seat on the chopper, a Junior Aviator can come along for the joy flight.

At the end of the day, our Junior Aviators are flown back to Lake Manchester, where they will assist in putting the helicopter ‘to sleep’ for the night and getting everything ready for the next day.
Pterodactyl Helicopters’ experienced ground crew and airmen solemnly swear to show your kids an excellent time while they’re in our care – but be warned, once a junior aviator, always a junior aviator; our program has proven to be a seriously addictive experience.
This holiday, prove yourself the coolest parent alive and contact Pterodactyl Helicopters today to book your kids in for the best day of all time.

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Knock your Kids’ Socks off this Christmas!

Christmas is just around the corner and parents everywhere are becoming consumed with a question that gets trickier every year: What to get the children?
Let’s face it, the children are unlikely to actually NEED anything. Okay, maybe they need socks or something equally lacking in the spectacular department – but you can’t get away with only getting them socks.
So, instead of cluttering your home with more random, nice but ultimately unnecessary and forgettable items just for the sake of putting something under the tree; why not think outside the box this festive season and shout your kids a day out they will never forget?
Pterodactyl Helicopters’ Junior Aviator Program could be just the ticket!


Our Junior Aviator Program is open to young flight enthusiasts aged between 10 and 15; and it is a day jam-packed with hands-on experiences.
Pterodactyl Helicopters make sure that your kid gets a taste of everything involved in running a helicopter charter business – from maintaining the equipment (within reason, of course), briefing and handling passengers and, of course, some serious time in the air.
We have been running this program successfully for an age now, so our ground and flight crews are old pros when it comes to engaging kids, involving them in our operation and keeping them perfectly safe throughout it all.


When you sign your kids up for Pterodactyl Helicopters’ Junior Aviation Program, you are giving them a full day of helicopter madness.
Because there is much to do, we ask that you drop of you budding pilots at our Lake Manchester hangar no later than 7.30 – there’s no need to pack anything, we provide lunch and beverages throughout the day, provided your kids aren’t too excited to eat.


Once we’ve outfitted our junior aviators with an official Pterodactyl shirt and cap – better to look the part than being mistaken for a regular passenger – we put them straight to work, helping us wheel the helicopter from the shed and going through all manner of morning routines (such as checking the weather for all areas of intended flight and notices to airmen).
After giving us a hand with safety procedures and getting a tutorial on how to best give a safety brief to passengers, our junior aviators finally get to jump in the helicopter and enjoy the ride to our base of operations (locations vary depending on the day).

The rest of the day is a frenzy of fun activity!
The kids interact with our passengers, help the ground crew perform most duties and – best of all – get to ride along every time there is a spare seat in our helicopter.
At the end of it all, we safely deliver your knackered kids back to our hangar at Lake Manchester (by helicopter, of course).

This year don’t worry about wrapping stuff that can break, be lost or returned the next day. Contact Pterodactyl Helicopters today and sign your kid (or kids) up for our Junior Aviator Program – we guarantee there will be disbelief, glee and big excitement on Christmas morning.