Question: Can I book this helicopter flight at short notice?
Answer: The Bournemouth Helicopter Sightseeing Tour is a very popular experience, and often sells out up to a month in advance. We would therefore recommend giving at least a month's notice when enquiring about a booking.
Question: Looking for a flight for my husband as a surprise 60th birthday present.
You can purchase a gift pack from us that can been sent to your husband for his birthday. He will then have 10 months to redeem that voucher and book a flight!
Question: What times do the flights start for the Bournemouth Helicopter Sightseeing Tour?
Answer: The flight times generally start in the morning from 10am onwards for the Bournemouth Helicopter Sightseeing Tour.
Question: How many days a month does the Bournemouth Helicopter Sightseeing Tour run?
Answer: The Bournemouth Helicopter Sightseeing Tour run once a month either on a Saturday or Sunday. There is the odd occasion where you may find two dates in a month that it is running.
Question: Is the airport wheelchair friendly?
Answer: Unfortunately, there are no indoor areas which are accessible by wheelchair. However, spectators are welcome to come along and watch you take off from the runway.
Question: How many seats are there for passengers on the flight?
Answer: The helicopter can take 5 participants at one time.
Question: Is there a minimum age limit on the Bournemouth Helicopter Sightseeing Tour?
Answer: There isn't a strict age limit on the Bournemouth Helicopter Sightseeing Tour. Children cannot sit on someone's lap, responsible children can fly unaccompanied by an adult.
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 Bournemouth 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 Bournemouth Helicopter Sightseeing Tours is available one Saturday or Sunday most months throughout the year - subject to availability.
These are extremely popular helicopter experiences which do tend to book extremely quickly, especially during peak season. We recommend booking at least a month in advance.
Current 2017 dates:
Saturday 27th May *sold out*
Sunday 18th June *sold out*
Sunday 9th July
Saturday 29th July
Monday 28th August
Sunday 24th 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 Bournemouth 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 Bournemouth 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 Bournemouth 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 Bournemouth 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.