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London Helicopter Tour 'From The Air'

Fly over London's famous skyline during this awesome helicopter sightseeing tour of England's cracking capital. Enjoy sensational views, and see London's loveliest landmarks from the sky!

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This superb 'London from the Air' Helicopter Sightseeing Tour is your chance to enjoy a superb, exciting helicopter ride over lovely London. You may have seen the city's famous landmarks and sights before... but have you seen them from the sky? See the city from the most incredible vantage point ever!

If you've never been for a ride in a helicopter before, you're in for a serious treat; these are truly incredible machines, and there's an incredible feeling of freedom that comes with the multi-directional movement of these choppers. The pilot is able to control the helicopter so that it hovers in place, go backwards, forwards and sideways - so you're guaranteed to get an unparallelled view of some of London's very best sights and landmarks. Your take off happens at the Redhill Aerodrome, before flying towards the capital where you enter the London air zone. Watch the city fast approaching as those whirring blades take you past Richmond Park, towards Barnes, where you meet the Thames. Next, you'll pass Fulham and Battersea as you get closer and closer to central London, and the world famous sights that make it one of the world's biggest tourist cities. You'll tick all the London landmark boxes - the London Eye, the Shard, St Paul's Cathedral, and the Houses of Parliament to name a few. Make sure to take your camera with you, and snap a few pictures... who knows when you'll have a view like this again?!

This is a tour of London that even the most jaded Londoner could appreciate, so if you want to show someone the city like they've never ever seen it before, send them off on this unforgettable 'London From The Air' helicopter tour of London.

Maximum Weight: 17 stone
Minimum age: 2
This London Helicopter Tour last for 30 minutes flying time, although you will be at the centre for approximately an hour.
You are welcome bring family and friends along with you to watch your London Helicopter Tour take off, however only those participating on the actual tour are permitted to go airside. There is a viewing lounge at the centre which looks out over the helicopter operating area, so this is ideal for spectators to view the flying activities.

The helicopter tours will take place in either in a Bell 206 Long Ranger, which can hold up to six passengers per flight, or in a Jet Ranger, which can hold up to four passengers per flight.
Helicopter tours of London are available throughout the summer months on selected weekend dates - usually from March to October.
You should wear comfortable, casual clothes for your London Helicopter Tour. All safety equipment will be provided by the centre.
The London helicopter tour is weather dependent and will not go ahead in particularly adverse weather. If this is the case, your tour will be rescheduled.
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Experience Days are constantly on the lookout for fresh and exhilarating new experiences; we love anything from track days to pamper days. This week, we bring you one of our newest activities, which we are super excited about – Helicopter flights with Elite Helicopters. We had to delve a bit deeper and really get an insight behind the company and what they offer, so we caught up with Bill Leach from Elite.

Hi Bill, please explain your journey as ‘Elite Helicopters’ so far.
Well, ‘Elite Helicopters’ has been in business for over 17 years now and was initially formed by two directors who had originally worked for another helicopter operator (which has now closed down). Elite was first based at White Waltham Airfield near Maidenhead before moving to Goodwood Aerodrome over ten years ago, and is now one of the South of England's largest charter operators and pilot training schools.

Elite's Operations Manager and Commercial Manager also have a wealth of experience in the industry, having worked for other helicopter companies in Berkshire and in Yorkshire.  Between them, the directors and managers have well over 60 years of experience in the helicopter industry!

Incredible, we would definitely feel safe in their piloting hands! Ok, so perhaps a tricky question: what are the best parts of the job for you?
One of my all-time favourite parts of the day is the look on our customers' faces after their experiences. It’s always a pleasure to see passengers get out of the helicopter with a huge smile on their face. They often board the aircraft with a combination of excitement and nerves and come back to the airfield having thoroughly enjoyed their experience, dying to go back up again.

It sounds amazing! So, from a day to day aspect what keeps you interested, or what types of tricky challenges do you find yourself facing?
Every enquiry we receive is different, whether it’s someone thinking about learning how to fly a helicopter, wanting a pleasure flight, aerial photography and filming, or a flight to an event or business meeting.  You would be surprised what kind of things we are asked to do with a helicopter - some of which are possible, some of which aren't!  Once we agree to conduct a flight, we then go through the detailed process of arranging landing sites, planning the flight and briefing the pilot.  As each flight is different, there's plenty to keep us interested!

Lots of planning then! Now, you’ve been running Elite for a fair amount of time now, what has been the biggest or most memorable event? You must have met a few celebs along the way?
We provide helicopters for a wide range of events - many of them within just a few weeks of each other.  Last year we had one of our busiest British Grand Prix times in recent years, using 17 helicopters to fly some 600 guests in to Silverstone over the weekend.  Many of the faces were recognisable, including four Formula 1 World Champions, the race winner on the day and an up-and-coming star of the future as well as some stars of film and TV.

Is there any inside information you can give us about your experiences?
We always find our most popular experience is the trial lesson! In terms of our experiences, the day usually starts off with a briefing to the student about their flight from our instructor, explaining the basics of how the helicopter flies and the effects of the controls, and answering as many questions as possible in the time available. The flight is usually conducted in one of our two seat Robinson R22 helicopters, although we also have the option to fly in our four seat Robinson R44. The bigger aircraft is brilliant for anyone who would like friends and family to sit in the back during the lesson, or for our larger students. The flight is a "hands on" experience - we want people to experience flying the helicopter for themselves as the aircraft climbs, turns, descends, flies straight and level, and performs those most unique of helicopter manoeuvres - hovering, and maybe even flying backwards and sideways!

We often get asked about the best place to wait and watch the flight. There is plenty of opportunity for friends and family to watch as they take a seat in our comfortable lounge with views across the airfield. It gives you a brilliant opportunity to take photos of the helicopter as it departs and arrives and to watch all the other aircrafts coming and going.  We can't guarantee an appearance… but there are Spitfires and Harvards based at Goodwood and plenty of other interesting aircraft to watch as the Trial Lesson takes place.

Some of our Trial Lesson participants "get the bug" and come back for more flying lessons, and we can proudly say they go on to achieve the Private Pilot's Licences and learn to fly different types of helicopter.

Do you have any exciting plans for the future that you’d like to tell us about?
Elite Helicopters already offer training beyond the Trial Lesson, including training to achieve the Private Pilot's Licence, helicopter Type Ratings and Commercial Pilot's Licences.  Very shortly, we will also be offering Flight Instructors Courses, training the helicopter instructors of the future.

Thank you for talking to us today Bill, you've helped fuel our dream of becoming a pilot, that's for sure!

If you guys can see yourself sitting in the cockpit and chopping away into the clouds, why not check out the brilliant range of lessons these guys offer:

 R44 Trial Helicopter Lesson in Sussex (30 Mins)

'Beaches and Bays' Helicopter Sightseeing Tour in Sussex

'Castles in the Air' Helicopter Tour

R22 20 Minute Trial Helicopter Lesson  in Sussex

30 Minute Trial Helicopter Flying Lesson in a Robinson 22 in Sussex

One Hour Trial Helicopter Lesson in a Robinson 22 in Sussex

One Hour Trial Helicopter Lesson in a Robinson 44 in Sussex
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