Friday, 18 September 2009

Weird Helicopter Hire Requests

Helicopter Charter & Helicopter Hire...........Not just an A-B Travel Option!
Although helicopter charter and helicopter hire is widely recognised as being a fast and efficient travel alternative for the busy executive and persons wishing to maximise their day at a sporting or social event, you may be surprised at some of the more bizarre requests that sometimes pass through our helicopter charter department.

1. Raining ‘ready-made meals’???
Recently received was an enquiry to drop 1,000 ready-made meals from a helicopter over a beach on the South Coast. The particular product is a well known dried snack brand and the packages would be dropped by parachutes. The shot would then break to each of the new flavoured meals lowering gently onto waiting sunbeds.
Having trialled the said item to ascertain it could fly successfully, we proved the fact that the item would descend perfectly well by parachute, however the main problem still do you fit 1,000 ready-made meals suspended by parachutes into a helicopter and drop them to the ground without getting tangled together?
Answers on a postcard please!!

2. Big Brother
Atlas Helicopters was approached a few years ago to fly two models over the Big Brother house, then in Bow in East London. We would then hover over the house whilst the models removed their tops to reveal their breasts to the Big Brother contestants.
The flight unfortunately did not go ahead as the lowest height we can fly over a congested is 750 feet above ground level. It was pointed out to this particular PR Firm that unless the models had enormous’ frontages’ they were not going to get the desired effect from this height........the duty pilot that day was gutted!!

3. Money from Heaven
Why would someone ask you to drop money from a helicopter over Battersea Park? We do not know, but we were asked to do just that!
The main problem was, how do you stop the money from getting re-circulated back into the engines? Add weight to the money of course! What about the hazards to the persons on the ground?
It all proved too difficult in the end for the client and the flight did not take place.

4. Mile High Club
A pornographic shoot in the rear of a helicopter? I will leave this to your imagination as to whether this flight actually took place or not!!

Some more less weird requests.......

5. Ashes to Ashes
Atlas Helicopters has been asked to scatter a deceased’s ashes.
6. Gentlemen have chartered our helicopters to ‘pop the question’.

7. A particular lady celebrated her 100th birthday by realising a life’s ambition by flying in one of our helicopter fleet.

8. School Proms are always a source of amusement to our operations team. Young Kids wishing to arrive in style at their Prom and in the same instant outdo their friends whom have probably arrived by limousine or horse-drawn carriage.

One request however did stand out from the rest........’Can you paint the helicopter pink for the night as pink is my favourite colour’?

We refused of course as I do not think any of our pilots could handle the stigma of flying a pink helicopter!!

Life is never dull in the day of a helicopter charter firm. You never know what charter request is next and this is why we love what we do!!

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Atlas Helicopters launches new-look website

Atlas Helicopters a Helicopterdays Company, have overhauled their corporate website and proudly launches the new, fresh look. In addition to brighter, clearer visuals, the website has been rebuilt using modern design standards and is built to web accessibility standards to provide the best possible user experience for all different viewing and access requirements.
Atlas Helicopters have also upgraded new features site-wide including a corporate video sequence split into three(3) separate sections:-
1. Helicopter Charter & helicopter hire
2. Helicopter travel to sporting events
3. Helicopter Tours;

and have developed a much more extensive Sporting Events section to make helicopter charter to your favourite Sport as easy as possible!.

Now concentrating on the vast range of sporting events in the UK throughout the year, Atlas Helicopters has identified a helicopter-friendly market wishing to travel to these events in style whilst avoiding the inevitable traffic issues.

The Epsom Derby, Royal Ascot and the British Grand Prix at Silverstone are the focus of Atlas Helicopters over the coming weeks with many customers now demanding the helicopter services provided.

The Epsom Derby is held on Friday and Saturday 5th / 6th June with availability fast running out, such has been the demand for this service this year. Likewise, Atlas Helicopters has noticed increased demand for both Royal Ascot and the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Captain Mike Burns, pilot & Managing Director, explained:- ‘Clients are throwing aside the worries of the recession and are beginning to get back to normal. We are noticing tremendous demand for our helicopter charter and helicopter hire services especially for many of the major UK and near continent sporting events’. Although historically, Royal Ascot and the British Grand Prix at Silverstone are the busiest helicopter events during the year, Atlas Helicopters is identifying increased demand for helicopter flights to the Henley Regatta, The Open Golf, FA Cup Final and many of the major horse racing events such as Glorious Goodwood and the Prix de l’arc de Triomphe at Longchamps in Paris.

Atlas Helicopters is actively taking enquiries for helicopter charter and helicopter hire to any of the events listed in our new-look website:

Tel: 0800 328 0432

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Wondering What Gift to Buy? A London Helicopter Tour?

Wondering what to buy??? - Book A London Helicopter Tour With Helicopterdays

With only a matter of weeks until the official start to Summer, avoid the packed high street, the avid shoppers with their laden carrier bags and those awful queues that so many of us try to avoid and book something with pizzazz, originality and flair this Summer period with one of our helicopter tours over London from Helicopterdays.

Leagues cheaper than many of the London helicopter flights available online, Helicopterdays are able to offer this unique experience at an astonishing £125 per person or a discounted £115 per person for block bookings of four or more.
Chief Executive and pilot at Helicopterdays, Mike Burns, said, “The views over London are breathtaking, and we pride ourselves on offering our customers an unforgettable experience. Whenever I take someone up they are literally in awe and you can see for miles. We get people who have been up in a helicopter before purchasing our flights, as well as those who have never been up before and have always had it on their wish-list.”
Departing sites close to Epsom and the Dartford Bridge, the London helicopter flights take in the spectacular historic sites of Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, The houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace to panoramic views of Canary Wharf and the Millennium Dome (O2 Arena). Flights operate 12-months a year. So, no matter when the special occasion, Helicopterdays will be operating continually throughout the year!!

The London helicopter flights and are hugely popular and it isn’t hard to see why. When you take to the skies with the experts at Helicopterdays, life-long ambitions are realised and smiles are sure to be brought to the faces of your nearest and dearest. Whether you are booking a flight as part of a romantic weekend away or a surprise treat for the helicopter enthusiast - the full commentary given by the captain at 1000 feet will only work to enhance your experience after taking to the skies.

The Bell LongRanger helicopter used for the tours offers exceptional visibility and by allowing passengers to be seated on both sides of the helicopter, means that they can enjoy the same urban spectacle while taking aerial shots of famous sites.
What’s more, vouchers purchased will now last for an extended period of nine months as opposed to their usual six month validation period making it even easier to give your loved ones a gift that will fit around their busy schedules.
Following the natural route of the Thames, this unique London Helicopter Tour experience lasts around 30 minutes. Helicopterdays operate the London Helicopter Tour on selected weekends throughout the year so passengers are asked to pre-book the time and date of their flight to avoid disappointment.
For more information on purchasing helicopter vouchers on any of Helicopterdays London Helicopter Flights please visit their website at You can also telephone, free of charge on:- 0800 328 0432.