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New helicopter flight school


IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- For the first time, prospective aviators can be trained to fly helicopters at the Iowa City airport.

Whirlybird Helicopters is a training school that started in Utah.  For about 240 dollars an hour, you can get your private license after 40 hours of flight.

Anyone wanting to go up with an instructor gets to take control of the aircraft for a little bit, but they can be tricky to pilot.

"We always joke about rubbing your head and patting your stomach while you're balancing on a beach ball, but fundamentally the airplane flies by itself and you can pretty much be hands-off, whereas the helicopter, you have to work at it all the time," said owner Tim Busch. 

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