Helicopter sightseeing tour over Brighton and Hove
- Shoreham by Sea (West Sussex)
- Gift Voucher valid for 3 Participants
Take to the skies on your own private tour of Brighton and Hove,
during which you and two guests can appreciate views of the famous
Brighton seafront and the gorgeous Downs landscape. This helicopter
tour stands out amongst others as you can choose your companions
for the trip, or enjoy the flight all to yourself!
Arriving at Shoreham Airport, you'll first have time to take in the history of the building before meeting your friendly pilot and boarding the helicopter. Shoreham Airport was built in 1910 and is the oldest airfield in the UK - with interesting artefacts and two licensed restaurants, a visit there is an experience in itself! Once you've been briefed and strapped in to the aircraft, your pilot will start the exhilarating ascent into the clouds above. Vertical take-off is an unrivalled experience; leaving your stomach on the tarmac as you swiftly rise into the sky is a feeling that can barely be described! Every passenger in the helicopter is guaranteed a window seat, so you have unobstructed views of the rolling hills on the Downs and the sparkling sea below you. Cruise past the Brighton West Pier and marvel at this historic structure from a totally unique viewpoint - it's a truly unforgettable sight! If you are too transfixed by the stunning vista panning out in front of you to take pictures, fear not, as each flight comes with a souvenir CD of photos that you can share with friends and family.
For those who have always wanted to experience the thrill of helicopter flight, this sightseeing tour makes the perfect gift that will be remembered for a lifetime. Whether you want to treat a loved one to a special day out, or fancy seeing the Sussex countryside from the air for yourself, nothing about this experience will disappoint.
The Brighton Helicopter Tour runs seven days a week, subject to availability.
This helicopter flight has a weight restriction of around 17stone. If you have cause for concern, please call us to enquire before making a booking.
Experience Duration: 00:30
Time at Venue: 01:00
The Brighton Helicopter Tour has a flight time of half an hour, but please allow up to an hour at the airfield.
Participants: The 30 Minute Brighton Helicopter Tour is for 3 participants.
Max Group Size: 3
Spectators Allowed on Site: No
The maximum number of participants on this helicopter tour is three, plus the pilot. The price covers the charter of the helicopter, so if you wish to take less people that is perfectly acceptable. Spectators are welcome to watch from the airport.
It is advised to wear comfortable clothing aboard the helicopter, and to bring extra layers for cold weather.
Helicopter flights are weather dependant activities. If your flight is cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, it will be rescheduled for another date. To avoid disappointment, please call before the day of your flight to ensure it is going ahead.
HeliFly were fantastic, the pilot was very knowledgeable on the local area and made us all feel at ease. The whole experience was done with the minimum of fuss. I have already recommended to a couple of friends , some of which have already booked.
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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