Helicopter sightseeing tour for three over Brighton, East Sussex
- Shoreham by Sea (West Sussex)
- Gift Voucher valid for 3 Participants
Soar to cloud nine with this sensational Brighton and East
Sussex Helicopter Tour for Three, the perfect experience gift for
any thrill-seeker or just a fantastic way to gain a new perspective
Whether you're looking to celebrate a special occasion with friends, surprise a loved one with a unique gift that they'll never forget, or just want to see what flying in a helicopter is all about, this superb Brighton and East Sussex Helicopter Tour is guaranteed not to disappoint. This is your chance to board a modern Robinson R44 helicopter along with two friends and enjoy a personalised and hugely enjoyable 20 minute flight around Brighton and Hove. You'll be taking off from Shoreham Airport - the best airfield in the UK in which to begin a helicopter flight! You'll be able to admire spectacular views of the art deco main terminal building as you experience the exhilarating vertical ascent. The main member of your party will get the best seat next to the pilot, but you will all be able to enjoy breath-taking views of the Sussex coastline, the piers along the Brighton seafront, the white cliffs, and the rolling Sussex Downs as you fly. At the end of your aerial adventure you'll be presented with a souvenir photo CD containing professionally-taken high-res photos of the panorama from your journey, which means you don't have to focus on capturing your own pictures; you've already got stunning photos to show your friends and family!
Helicopter flying really is like no other other form of transport, and this Brighton and East Sussex Helicopter Tour for Three will quickly show you why it's seen as the most glamorous way to travel in the world.
The East Sussex Helicopter Sightseeing Tour can be booked for any day of the week throughout the year.
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: 01:00
Time at Venue: 01:20
The East Sussex Helicopter Sightseeing Tour will last for twenty minutes in the air, although the entire experience may last up to an hour.
Participants: The Brighton and East Sussex Helicopter Sightseeing Tour for Three is for 3 participants.
Max Group Size: 3
Spectators Allowed on Site: No
The East Sussex Helicopter Sightseeing Tour is for three passengers. Your party will have sole use of the helicopter.
You can wear whatever you like for the East Sussex Helicopter Sightseeing Tour, however please do dress appropriately for the weather (a jacket or fleece in winter is recommended).
The East Sussex Helicopter Sightseeing Tour is weather dependent. If bad conditions mean that you are unable to fly, your helicopter flight will be rescheduled.
well what can I say about it best day of our lives weather was perfect and what even made it was we saw other planes going off to the airshow in Eastbourne that we went to on the Saturday thank you for such a wonderful day
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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