Question: Is this helicopter experience suitable for children?
Answer: Yes, children of all ages are welcome, however they must each have a seat, sitting on laps is not permitted. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult on site, but if they are responsible they may fly unaccompanied.
Question: Is it possible to reserve the front seat with the pilot?
Answer: Yes, you can upgrade to the front seat for an additional charge. This can be arranged directly with the tour operators once the booking has been confirmed and is subject to availability.
Question: Can I make a last minute midweek booking for the Cardiff Helicopter Sightseeing Tour?
Answer: This Cardiff Helicopter flight is only available on one weekend date per month. Midweek dates are not available. All dates are subject to availability, so we recommend calling at least a couple of weeks in advance.
Question: How often does the Cardiff Helicopter Tour run?
Answer: The Cardiff Helicopter Sightseeing Tour runs one Saturday or Sunday per month with various time slots throughout the day. Please contact us for specific dates.
Question: What Age Restrictions are in place for the Cardiff Helicopter Sightseeing Flight?
Answer: There are no health or age restrictions, except that children under 18 years, must be accompanied by an adult, on site. Responsible children can fly in the Cardiff helicopter unaccompanied.
Question: Can you please advise the additional cost of sitting in the front seat with the pilot?
Answer: For this particular experience there is an additional charge of Â£30 to sit in the front seat, paid at the time of booking.
Question: How do I find out if there are still spaces for the Cardiff Helicopter Sightseeing Tour on the day I'd like to book?
Answer: In order to check the remaining spaces for any given date, you will need to contact our customer service team.
Question: Will I get to sit next to a window during my flight?
Answer: Yes, the layout of the helicopter is two seats by two, so everyone gets to sit next to a window during the sightseeing tour!
We have always had a close relationship with Heli Adventures, and this week we had the privilege of interviewing Gemma Heynes on all things airborne. For a first-hand insight into the world of helicopter flying, read on…
Q1. Hi Gemma! So to kick things off, how was HeliAdventures founded?
HeliAdventures provides helicopter tours from a plethora of locations and is part of a long established Helicopter Company based at Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire. Further services from this multifaceted company include helicopter charters and professional helicopter training.
HeliAdventures was started out of the passion of two pilots who wanted to be able to share their passion and make available to others the experience of helicopter flights. The cost of helicopters make it prohibitively expensive to many, but by setting up HeliAdventures and selling sightseeing tours by the seat we hoped to open up the opportunity to many others to enjoy.
Q2. How do you think HeliAdventures stands out from other helicopter companies?
Not only do we operate all our own events, we always use our own pilots, our own helicopters and operate under our own Air Operators Certificate (AOC), allowing us to provide seamless customer service throughout the booking process and the experience itself. Unlike a majority of UK sightseeing flight operators, we use immaculately presented Airbus Helicopters AS350 aircraft which provides great visibility for all passengers in a much more modern and spacious cabin compared with the Jet Ranger used by most others. Our pilots are very familiar with the specific areas within which our range of helicopter flights and tours are conducted, and they have worked to put together routes that will give you the very best in excitement and spectacle.
Q3. What is your favourite part of running HeliAdventures?
Seeing the joy on customers faces after their flight when, in many cases, they have just realised a life long dream.
Q4. Tell us more about your story and HeliAdventures' success..
HeliAdventures has grown over the years to become one of the largest UK pleasure flight operators to cover multiple locations throughout the South West and Midlands. Keep an eye out ...more of the UK to be added soon! As well as this our training division has been able to satisfy the dreams of many people of becoming a pilot whose initial introduction to helicopters was a pleasure flight with HeliAdventures.
We flew 450 sightseeing tour in 2015, which equates to more than 2,000 passengers and of those 2,000 passengers over 90% rate us 4-5 out of 5 and say they would recommend us to others. We are aiming for 100% in 2016!
Q5. If you could tell every customer one thing, what would you share with them?
" YOLO " .... so make the most of it. Come and have fun with us!
Q6. Is there anything else you'd like to add/ mention?
If there is anything you want to know about helicopters do ask – we love talking helicopters!
Huge thanks to Gemma for chatting with us, we hope you’ve enjoyed a little insight into Heli and it’s team! Helicopter rides are great ways to see the ground beneath you from great heights, and there are plenty of locations across the country so everyone can have the perfect experience. Enjoy!
Group Size & Spectators:
Spectators are welcome to watch your Cardiff Helicopter Sightseeing Tour, but will not be allowed airside. At most locations there is a cafe and viewing area.
There are five passenger seats available on each flight. When you make your booking you will see how many seats are available for each time slot, so if you pick the same date and time slot for each seat then you will all be flying together!
The Cardiff Helicopter Sightseeing Tours take place on one Saturday or Sunday, every month throughout the year (subject to availability).
These are extremely popular helicopter experiences which do tend to book quickly, especially during peak season. We recommend booking at least a month in advance, where possible.
Saturday 21st January *sold out*
Saturday 11th February *sold out*
Sunday 26th March
Saturday 15th April
Sunday 21st May
Sunday 11th June
Sunday 23rd July
Sunday 27th August
Saturday 23rd September
*Dates are updated regularly but availability is subject to change - if you'd like to check a date prior to redemption, please contact our customer service team.
The Cardiff Helicopter Sightseeing Tour is 20 minutes of flying time and is approximately 34 miles. Check-in is normally 20 minutes before the departure time, so please arrive early and give yourself plenty of time as there is a safety briefing and introduction before you board the helicopter.
The Cardiff Helicopter Sightseeing Tours are weather dependent. If the flights are cancelled due to bad weather, the centre will contact you to reschedule your flight for another day.
Please call the centre after 8 am on the day of your flight for updated flight information.
You should wear sensible and comfortable clothes for your Cardiff Helicopter Sightseeing Tour.
There is heating inside the helicopter and so outer clothing should be kept to a minimum.
There is very limited space inside the helicopter so please avoid taking any handheld luggage or handbags.
Ear defenders / headsets are provided.
Minimum Age: N/A
Maximum Weight: 18 stone*, 14 stone for the front seat which will be an additional charge.
There are no health or age restrictions for the Cardiff Helicopter Sightseeing Tours, except children under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult, on site.
Responsible children can fly in the helicopter unaccompanied. It is not possible for children to sit on a lap; everyone must have and pay for a seats. There is a step up into the helicopter, and anyone less than able-bodied must have someone available to assist them getting in and out of the helicopter.
*Helicopter tour tickets are priced on the weight added to the vehicle, so if participants are 18 stone or over - two seats may need to be purchased. Please enquire if you are unsure about this.
If any person requires special care, they must be accompanied on the flight, by a fare paying passenger.