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ROMANTIC FLIGHT

Imagine being treated like a movie star as you soar between the highrise buildings of Los Angeles around the Hollywood Sign all the while sipping a bottle of Champagne!  You will feel like the King of the World!   The package includes exclusive use of the helicopter for two plus a bottle of Champagne and an experience you will never forget.
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History Channel comes to LA Helicopter Tours

Click Here for “Boys Toys” History Channel featuring LA Helicopter Tours. The History Channel came and flew around Los Angeles with us in the helicopter filming for their new show called Boys Toys. The show focuses on some of the more exciting “toys” out there. Besides the Robinson R44 helicopter and LA Helicopter Tours, the show will also feature flights in the L-39 Albatross which is a jet fighter trainer, and driving in a Lamborghini. We did a few flights with the host and hostess. They were very interested in the helicopter ride. They were also very complementary, saying it was an amazing experience. Aside from being a fun show about jets, helicopters, and sports cars… It is also a contest for the viewers to win flights in the jet in Los Angeles, Rides in the Lambo in Las Vegas, and a Premiere Celebrity Helicopter Tour of Los Angeles.

Helicopter Tour vs. Helicopter Charter

A common misconception is that any flight in a helicopter or airplane is called a charter. The fact is there are a few key differences especially as far as the FAA is concerned. The Federal Aviation Regulations (CFR 14 parts 91,119,121,135,etc) clearly define the differences between Air Carriers, Part 91 Tour operations, single seat Scheduled Flights, etc. Whether the flight takes place in a helicopter or airplane the rules apply the same for the most part.

Simply put a charter is the rental of an entire aircraft (helicopter, airplane, etc) typically going from point A to point B. Where as a tour under part 91 must land at the same place it took off from and not exceed a boundary of 25 statute miles from the point of departure (For this reason helicopter tours of Los Angeles are optimal from the Van Nuys airport) And scheduled service is when you buy a ticket on an airline.

The FAA requires certain maintenance, pilot experience, weather minimums, altitude minimums, and other safety measures to ensure the safety of all of these different types of flights. For example our helicopters go through frequent scheduled inspections. The helicopter inspections include a thorough examination of every single system on board. Our helicopter tour pilots must meet certification and helicopter flight experience as well as be enrolled in drug and alcohol testing program. The FAA does a great job in making sure that helicopter tours as well as every other type of flight are safe.

There is more information  on the FAA Website

Holiday Helicopter Flights

Panorama Helicopter Charter downtown LA

Give them a gift they will never forget

The holiday season is upon us! If you are looking for a really cool gift for that special someone, consider giving them a Helicopter tour of Los Angeles! A helicopter flight over LA is a safe yet thrilling adventure that everyone should experience. Our helicopter rides are private and narrated by our knowledgeable helicopter pilots. You will get to see all of the famous landmarks in the LA area and learn about their history. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. Ask about our holiday specials. (877)-335-7038

Los Angeles Airways Helicopter Service- A blast from the past

Los Angeles Airways Sikorsky S-55

Helicopter over Los Angeles in the 1950's

Los Angeles Airways was a helicopter airline offering several services around LA from the 1950′-60’s. The Picture above is a Sikorsky S-55 in flight over downtown Los Angeles. I love this photo! I love it for many reasons, first of all is because I am fascinated by anything and everything to do with Los Angeles history. Secondly, I think it is incredable that nearly 70 years ago there were helicopters flying the same path as we do today on our Los Angeles helicopter tours and other LA helicopter flights.

Los Angeles Airways helicopter tours

Los Angeles Airways Sikorsky S-61L (N300Y) lifting off from the Disneyland Hotel Heliport in 1963. (Photo by Robert J. Boser)

The Los Angeles Airways helicopter services were available from LAX to Disney Land and many other destinations around the city. Disney Land originally had a helicopter heliport located inside the park near Tomorrowland. It was later moved to the Disneyland hotel. I wish I could go back in time and go for a LA Airways flight!!

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Some of LA’s newest residents take a Los Angeles helicopter tour to get the lay of the land

newcomers los angeles helicopter tour

LA newcomers Andy and Kate take a helicopter tour to get the lay of the land

Some of LA’s newest residents Andy and Kate just moved here from Pennsylvania. They came up with us on a LA helicopter tour today to get the lay the of the land in their new home. I think this was a great idea! They now have a pretty good idea of where everything is and how to get around Los Angeles. Best of luck to you guys! Enjoy the California sunshine!

 

 

Helicopter Noise in LA

There has been a lot of “buzz” lately (pun intended) about helicopter noise and it’s negative impact on Los Angeles residents. I would like to shed some light on the issue and give some insight from a tour operator/pilots perspective.

A few months back I read a great article on Vertical Reference written by an EMS pilot. His point was that people always see helicopters as an annoyance until they actually need them ie: their child is in need of immediate medical care. I think he had a valid point.

There is a new bill on the table introduced by Rep. Howard Berman to force the FAA to regulate altitudes and routes of helicopter flight in the Los Angeles area. This was a result of a high concentration of helicopters covering the “Carmagedon” closure of the 405 freeway earlier this year. View Article There is some opposition form both the LAPD and LAFD as there is not exceptions written in for their required operations. The authors of the bill have said that exceptions would be made for the government entities, but the Police and Fire departments are not convinced.

I would like to point out that the Police, Fire, and Medical helicopters are for the most part the only helicopters flying at the low altitudes. They also typically fly larger and louder helicopters. These invaluable services save lives and protect people!!! I am in no way criticizing the way that they fly, but I think they are responible for a large portion of the noise. I think that tour operators would be hurt the most by such a bill.

As a tour operator in LA, we have always had the policy of maintaining as much altitude as possible! We do this both for safety and in consideration of Los Angeles residents. There are of course a few “bad apples” out there that do not hold themselves to this standard. I firmly disagree with the way some of the tour operators conduct their flights.

Do I have any immediate solutions?… No, other than asking my fellow pilots out there to fly safely and considerately. I would just like to point out that there are helicopter operators out there that understand the issue and that we do our best to be neighborly!

If you’ve been on a helicopter tour with us and Loved it… Please take a minute and give us a review! THANKS!!!

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The downtown LA obsession continues

Los Angeles helicopter aerial

I have been fixated on taking pictures of downtown Los Angeles from the helicopter lately.

Here is yet another picture of Downtown LA taken on one of our tours. I don’t know why I have been so obsessed with downtown lately. I guess it is because when I fly over the city I get caught up in the moment and feel the need to take a picture.

LA helicopter tour downtown view

View from down la helicopter tour as the sun is setting

I took this picture over on a helicopter tour over Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles. It was almost sunset, LA looks amazing with the twilight and the city lights together! I clearly added a filter that boosts the saturation. There is no way that a photograph can compare to the experience of a helicopter flight over downtown LA on a Los Angeles Helicopter Tour !

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