A couple weeks ago we took a helicopter demo flight and lesson from North Carolina Rotor and Wing. It was a short and to the point classroom lesson, and then a ~30 min flight in a Robinson R22 helicopter.
The helicopter itself is tiny. Two passengers, shoulder to shoulder. A small piston engine. Less than a 1000 lbs sans passengers.
Flying a helicopter is an interesting experience. There are alot of things going on to keep track of, and the controls are sensitive,but with a bit of delay to control input.
This was a gift from Gina since I had often remarked I had never been in a helicopter. Although I have flown in a glider, a single engine kit plane, a zeppelin, and a hot air balloon. Any one know where one could take a gyrocopter flight?