Take an aerial tour of beautiful Hove with this 5 minute Hove helicopter buzz flight!
- Shoreham by Sea (West Sussex)
- Gift Voucher valid for 1 Participant
Get ready for five seriously thrilling minutes, with this
incredible buzz flight helicopter tour of Brighton. This helicopter
flight is the perfect opportunity to experience the unbeatable
thrill of flying in a helicopter, and with this flight you get to
look out over the beautiful Sussex Downs as you feel the excitement
and adrenaline that comes with a chopper flight!
This flight is a fantastic five minute thrill that begins just outside Brighton, at Shoreham Airport. You will meet the crew on the day of your helicopter flight and have a quick briefing with the helicopter pilot who will be taking you sky high! This done, it's time to hop aboard the classic Robinson R44 with the pilot and two other passengers. On the R44 you are guaranteed a window seat, so be prepared to enjoy fabulous, unobstructed views over the Sussex Downs (you may want to bring a camera for this one)! With the 5 minute Brighton helicopter flight, you can expect to cover a distance of around 3 miles, and generally these flights make it as far as the lovely Hove Lagoon before the helicopter turns around and takes you back to Shoreham Airport for a VIP landing!
This Brighton helicopter flight offers you the most exciting five minutes you are ever likely to experience in Brighton, and is a fantastic Brighton gift idea, whether you know someone who is visiting the area and wants a tour with a difference, or you're looking for a present for a Brighton resident who wants to see their city from a different vantage point!
The 5 Minute Brighton helicopter flight is available throughout
the year on regular weekday and weekend dates.
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: 00:05
Time at Venue: 01:00
This is a 5 minute Brighton helicopter flight, however you should allow extra time before the flying experience.
Participants: The 5 Minute Hove Helicopter Tour is for 1 participant.
Max Group Size: 3
Spectators Allowed on Site: Yes
Family and friends are very welcome to come along to Shoreham
Airport - you may want to ask that they bring along a camera to
capture your take off and landing!
The helicopter can hold up to 3 passengers.
You may wear anything you like for this helicopter experience;
in winter it is advisable to bring a jacket or fleece to keep you
And don't forget to bring your camera!
The weather may affect your Brighton helicopter flight. If a problem is anticipated, the helicopter crew at Shoreham Airport will endeavour to contact you the day before to let you know, and you will be able to reschedule.
Was even more fun than I thought it would be. Staff helpful, pilot lovely, whole experience quite amazing!
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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