Enjoy an incredible 15 minute helicopter flight over beautiful Brighton and the Sussex Downs!
- Shoreham by Sea (West Sussex)
- Gift Voucher valid for 1 Participant
See Brighton from the sky with this superb 15 minute Sussex
helicopter tour that will take you from Shoreham Airport, as far as
Saltdean and back again. The thrill of helicopter flight is a
thrill like no other; you experience the unbeatable feeling of
vertical take-off and hovering, and landing will make you feel like
a celebrity! With this helicopter tour, not only do you get to
experience helicopter flight, but you get to do it over the
gorgeous Sussex Downs and Brighton's beautiful coastline.
Forget the Brighton Wheel - for a truly incredible aerial view of Brighton, it simply has to be in a helicopter! On the day of your helicopter flight, you will make your way to the Shoreham Airport, just a short distance from Brighton. After meeting your heli pilot for a quick orientation and briefing, you will hop aboard the Robinson R44 chopper with up to two other passengers, with each of you guaranteed a window seat for unobstructed views of the landscape below. The blades will whirr into action and you will take to the skies, heading towards Brighton's Palace Pier. Enjoy the incredible views of the lush Sussex Downs and Brighton's buzzing seafront, from the skeleton of the old West Pier to the glitz and gaudiness of the Palace Pier. From here you will travel along England's stunning southern coastline as far as Saltdean, where you will be treated to incredible birds-eye views of the beautiful white cliffs below.
After this, it's time to turn the chopper around and head back to Shoreham Airport for a true VIP landing! This Brighton helicopter tour is the perfect gift for Brighton locals who want to view the city with fresh eyes, or a Brighton sightseeing trip with a twist for tourists!
The 15 minute Brighton Helicopter flight experience is available
throughout the year (dependent on weather conditions) on regular
Groups of 1-2 will need to book onto one of the scheduled dates. Groups of 3 have more flexibility in picking a date of their choice.
For group bookings, additional flights are available.
Participants should be fit to fly, for example if their doctor
would advise them against flying with a normal commercial airline,
they should not take part in this Sussex helicopter flight.
Children must be 3 years of age or over, and all children under 10
must be accompanied by a paying adult.
The flying centre will try to ensure that those wishing to fly together can, however this may not be possible in every circumstance due to operational constraints.
Anyone weighing over 17st should contact us before booking, and may have to pay a supplement. Similarly, people with disabilities or limited mobility should also call to check that the experience is suitable.
Experience Duration: 00:15
Time at Venue: 01:00
This is a 15 minute helicopter flight over Brighton, however please allow a little longer for the entire flying experience.
Participants: The 15 Minute Helicopter Tour Brighton is for 1 participant.
Max Group Size: 3
Spectators Allowed on Site: Yes
Friends and family can wait for you at Shoreham Airport and
capture your take off and landing from the ground!
The helicopter can hold up to 3 passengers.
You can wear whatever you like for the Brighton helicopter
flight, however please do dress appropriately for the weather (a
jacket or fleece in winter is recommended).
Don't forget your camera!
Brighton sightseeing helicopter flight in Sussex is weather dependent. If bad conditions mean that you are unable to fly, the flight operator will try to let you know the day before and your helicopter flight will be rescheduled.
Helicopter flights are high on everyone’s bucket list, so it was thoroughly interesting to talk to the owner of Heli Fly, John, about his journey into the business. Based in Sussex, Heli Fly take people out on stunning tours of Brighton and Hove, getting a gorgeous mix of ocean views and historical landmarks. Here’s what John had to say about the progress of the company, and how it all began.
1) Please explain your journey as ‘HeliFly’ so far.
HeliFly grew from an unfulfilled boyhood ambition. Like many boys that grew up during the 60’s & 70’s space race, I dreamed of being the next Neil Armstrong or Chuck Yeager. I spent years building Airfix models of aircraft and rockets and later crafting gliders from balsa wood, glue and doped tissue paper.
During my teenage years I joined the Air Training Corps and did some fixed wing flying in Chipmunks and gliders but was soon being told that my dreams of being an aviator would be just that – dreams. Having had asthma from an early age and not having 20:20 vision I was told that the RAF would not accept me. And so I parked that dream.
Fortunately, something else had come along that fascinated me. No, not girls! Computers!
25 years later, running an IT company based in Burgess Hill, I was once again bitten by the aviation bug. A supplier had asked us to accompany them to the British F1 Grand Prix and was flying us in by helicopter. The inbound journey was a blur of excitement and anticipation, but on the return journey I decided to watch and see how the pilot made the helicopter do what it did. There and then I decided I needed to be able to fly a helicopter too.
Scroll on another 10 years and I am now a commercial helicopter pilot and flight instructor. I’ve sold my interest in my IT business, re-invested it in HeliFly and am living the dream of that teenage boy!
I’d be lying if I didn’t say that the best part of the job was the flying, but what comes a close second is seeing the reaction of our customers. For many of them a helicopter flight will be a once in a lifetime experience and the ear to ear grins after the flight are a joy to behold.
Every now and then I also see myself 10 years ago in the eyes of a passenger. I can see they’ve been bitten by the helicopter bug and I know they now want to fly.
Aviation is always in a state of flux as rules and regulations constantly change. Currently the industry is in the middle of one of its biggest changes for some time as we move from rules imposed by the CAA to rules imposed by Europe and implemented by the CAA. Keeping on top of these changes whilst delivering an affordable flight experience is an on-going challenge.
2) What has been the biggest or most memorable event you’ve provided?
HeliFly have provided so many memorable events it’s hard to choose a single one. We’ve had in-flight proposals where “Marry Me” has been mown into a field as well as a surprise flight for a newly married couple. On the flip side of life we’ve had ashes scattered from our helicopter and have taken seriously ill people for a final flight as they tick some of the boxes on their personal bucket lists.
Personally, my most memorable event was flying customers into the British Grand Prix and completing the ambition I laid down for myself many years earlier.
HeliFly have flown with a number of celebrities over the years, but we are understandably discrete as to who, where and when.
One celebrity we have spent some time with was Chris Evans as he and his wife studied for their PPL(H) licenses at Shoreham airport a number of years back.
It’s hard to know if this is an achievement or not, but in 2007 there were 5 pilots and 4 helicopters at Shoreham licensed to conduct passenger transport flights. There’s now just HeliFly with 1 pilot and 1 machine, such has been the severity of the recession.
3) Is there any inside information you can give us?
Don’t spend all of the time looking through your camera taking pictures. Enjoy the moment!
For those on a limited budget our experience flights offer a cost effective way of taking to the skies over Brighton & Hove. For those looking for a unique way of celebrating a special occasion, lunch or afternoon tea at one of our range of Sussex country houses is unforgettable.
When booking a helicopter pleasure flight always ask which AOC holder will be operating the flight. If you’re then told that the flight is a private flight or a trial lesson then you may well not be flying with a pilot licensed to conduct public transport flights or in a helicopter that is maintained to public transport standards.
4) Do you have any exciting plans for the future that you’d like to tell us about?
HeliFly’s ambition is to increase the number of public transport flights from Shoreham. We hope to be operating larger machines in the future as the UK economy recovers.
How the experiences might evolve or how any competitors might affect the industry.
The only changes predicted to our various flights are that we will add some more venues to our lunch and afternoon tea flights. Sadly, the only other change will be price increases as fuel, airport fees and engineering cost continue their steady rise.
5) What would you say is your most frequently asked question?
We get asked a wide range of questions but the most common are:
How fast are we going? In the cruise about 120mph.
How high are we? Generally between 1300 & 1800ft during the cruise.
How far will the helicopter go? When flying passengers around 2hrs 10 minutes on full tanks which is enough to get from Shoreham to Cornwall.
(Kids) Have you ever had a crash? No!
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