You're a 'total aviation person'. You want to get loads of time in the air but you can't find other people to come along and share the cost.
We've got the answer! This experience brings together several like-minded people who all want to have a go a flying a helicopter, and will also
get their jollies sitting on the back seat while somebody else gets a go. (Your author learnt to fly, and got sooo much good experience from
'blagging' rides in the back while other students were taking their lessons).