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Trial Lesson Vouchers

Looking for the perfect gift as a special present, business incentive or just for yourself? Why not see Dorset and its surroundings from the ultimate viewpoint, whilst at the controls of a helicopter!


In need of a helicopter for a business trip, pleasure outing or to arrive at a wedding? With a wealth of knowledge in the industry operating both piston and turbine powered helicopters, we have a machine to fit your requirement, even if you want a fixed-wing aircraft.


The Private Pilot’s Licence enables you to fly as pilot in command for recreational purposes, but does not entitle you to fly for commercial gain. It is however the first stepping-stone along the road to commercial flying but before you can begin to build hours, you will need to hold a PPL.

Self Fly Hire

Our self-fly hire scheme has been established to offer pilots the opportunity to enjoy flying without having to purchase and maintain a helicopter of their own. Once qualified you can hire any one of our aircraft providing you are a member of our club, and current on the aircraft type you wish to fly.

Our Fleet

Check out our helicopter fleet, consisting of the American built Schweizer 300, which is great for training. We also offer the R44 and a Eurocopter EC120. At Bliss Aviation we constantly aim to renew our aircraft, ensuring we offer our customers the highest quality in training platforms.

Who Are Bliss?

Bliss Aviation, formerly Bournemouth Helicopters was established in June 1994 by Gary Ellson who, following a career in the Coastguard Agency, came for a trial lesson which led to not only his gaining a helicopter licence, but also the ownership of a training school.

Sightseeing Tours Now Available

Looking for the perfect gift as a special present, business incentive or for you or your family? Why not see Dorset and its surroundings from the ultimate viewpoint, whilst in your own private helicopter!

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Learning to fly before being able to drive

A personal account of a passionate flight enthusiast

James Wadsworth, 16, has always wanted to become a helicopter pilot. At the age of 14 he decided to make his dream a reality with the help of his supportive parents.

James has slowly been learning to fly to place himself in a position of being able to take his test as close to his 17th birthday as possible, the legal age in which one can obtain a licence. This would make him one of the youngest helicopter pilots in Europe.

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Facebook Reviews

We had a lovely 30 minute pleasure flight yesterday afternoon in the Robinson R44 Helicopter with Jim at the controls. Everything ran smoothly, Jim made us feel comfortable and gave us useful info as we flew over to Swanage and back. Many thanks to Jim and the team.

Fantastic looking forward to go again 😃 Jim was great 👍

Great pilot, Great helicopter, Great experience! 5 star greatness!

Absolutely amazing experience for our parents surprise birthday gift! A big thank you to our pilot Gary and all the staff at Bliss Aviation for making a life time memory!

Great experience. Staff very friendly I would highly recommend.

My friend and I had a ‘landaway’ experience yesterday with our fabulous pilot Andy! Weather could not have been better! Andy incredibly patient and lovely! We will definitely be back! Thank you!

Had the best first experience going up in a helicopter, enjoyed every minute thank you 😊

"I had a helicopter lesson just under 2 weeks ago (keep meaning to leave this review since then). It was an amazing experience and was my first time flying one. Jim was very good at explaining everything and putting me at ease when I was nervous about taking the controls. I had 2 friends in the back as passengers and he liked a joke around with us all. One of the best experiences, and would definitely go back. Thanks Jim!"

"Andy and I had a fantastic flight today. Really appreciate the calm and professional manner of our instructor. Makes a great gift."

"Excellent. Had a fantastic lesson. Brilliant staff and an all round great experience."

"Brilliant flight lesson. Instructor was great. Would highly recommend."

"Was blown away with our whole experience. Bought it for my other half not knowing what to expect. The team are really friendly, and our pilot (Paul I think) was fantastic! Worth every single penny. Would recommend anyone to use this company! 10/10!"

"A special thanks to Charles and the team for my experience day today. It was an amazing time, and we were made to feel very welcome. Never ever thought I would fly a plane. Thank you to the bliss aviation team. Rob Hathway"

"Absolutely amazing experience and a wonderful birthday present! Everyone at Bliss so friendly and helpful and our instructor Charles was truly excellent. Many thanks for a brilliant time. Would recommend this to anyone."

"If you want a professional, enjoyable and rewarding experience your search is over. Nice machines, great staff all efficiently delivered. Instructor Jim Hammett is a great asset to this organisation, banter, humour and immense talent in helicopters. Thank you"

"I had a brilliant flight experience on 8th October with Bliss Aviation. My wife Angela was able to come as a passenger. The flight started with our pilot, Charles, giving a thorough briefing about the aircraft controls. Once in the aircraft Charles' professionalism and attention to detail continued. I flew the aircraft from takeoff to the final turn before landing. I thoroughly recommend Bliss Aviation and Charles if you want to give it a go."

"Fantastic flight school. My instructor Jim and all the staff at Bliss have been extremely professional and very supportive in helping me achieve my PPL(H) in such a sort time. Thanks guys!"

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