The Uttah Pradesh government has recently cleared land acquisition applications for helipads, heliports and airstrips in Mathura, Agra, Varanasi and Allahabad. These cities will soon be accessible by helicopter flights. The government hopes that by connecting these cities by helicopter, they will increase the tourism. The entire project will come to Rs 24.7 reports Times… Read more »
Public concerns over the potential helicopter flyovers have managed to change the Eidfjord politicians’ minds. A Statkraft hydro-power company applied to use the Eidfjord helipad for tourism flights. The initial consensus was that the residents did not agree but the Eidfjord Municipality wanted to encourage tourism. However, they received a large opposition to the idea…. Read more »
Mountain Wilderness Switzerland is against helicopters dropping cyclists on the canton Valais mountain peaks. They commented that the cyclists will have a negative impact on the alpine environment. The nature protection organisation has also commented on the carbon dioxide emissions and noise pollution from the helicopters themselves, reports Swiss Info.
Tourism and chartering company, Helentranz, has partnered up with Te Atawhai, a luxury wellness retreat. Together they aim to bring self care into travellers lives, as well as to promote a healthy lifestyle, reports Scoop.
Palm Beach Helicopters is announcing their innovative new concept that will transform the Helicopter tourism industry. We are bringing the helicopter to the public in a revolutionary way. What IS this revolutionary concept, exactly? Heli Harbor is a unique Water Operations Based Helipad that combines a helicopter flight and a boating experience for those living… Read more »
Buffalo’s waterfront has grown rapidly, with new restaurants, houses and parkland as well as an expanded marina. The Common Council are now considering the addition of a heliport to the area. They would need a special permit for the proposed site, next to Silo City, reports WBFO. . They hope that the new heliport will… Read more »
Goa Tourism Development Corporation is looking to reopen the Ela Goa helipad. The helipad is currently not in use, GTDC hopes to start up helicopter rides again in the area. As reported by Times of India, the helipad will be redeveloped if the proposal to reopen goes through.
Mike Campbell is looking to open a new heli-tourism company in Buffalo, called Fly Buffalo. He is currently waiting for approval of setting up the operation at the Outer Harbor. He has planned for two packages when the business is up and running. One that covers all of Buffalo will be $70 to $100 and… Read more »
After the unfortunate crash that killed a flight engineer and injured two pilots, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation has suspended all helicopter operations to the Badrinath, Kharsali, Sahastradhara and Harshil helipads. The crash occurred after take-off from the Badrinath shrine, carrying travellers. As reported by Press Trust of India, the State Tourism Minister, Satpal… Read more »
The District Administration is looking into the proposal of a helicopter service that would connect the Taj Mahal and the Fatehpur Sikri. This flight would cut down an hour and 10 minutes of travel between the two world heritage sites. The District Magistrate Gaurav Dayal ordered a meeting this past week, asking officials of the… Read more »
The Ramada Hotel in Kingman has announced that they are currently procuring the relevant approvals to build a helipad. Sultan Abbas, the General Manager of the hotel has stated that they have submitted their application to the City Council and now wait for a Conditional Use Permit. If all goes to plan, reports Digital Journal,… Read more »
The Carolina Beach Town Council passed a unanimous vote to prohibit the take-off and landing of helicopters in the town. The public commentary lasted two and a half hours, with a large attendance. WECT reports that many people had to stand in the hall, due to the large turnout. Many voiced their concerns over issues… Read more »
Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) services, together with Pawan Hans hopes to bring their tourism business back after a fatal crash in December. The crash killed the pilot and the two passengers on board. Since the crash, the number of clients has dropped almost to a standstill. In order to remedy this, they are going… Read more »
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has not yet given clearance on the proposed project of heli-tourism between Vizag and Araku. As reported by Times of India, the DGCA inspected the helipad site and gave suggestions on changes they could make with regards to the helicopter services that are being planned. Meanwhile in Vuda, the… Read more »
Air Methods, the world’s largest helicopter operator, today announced the appointment of David Doerr to president of the Tourism Division and Jim Greiner as president of Sundance Helicopters, effective immediately. In the newly created position, Doerr will be responsible for the leadership, strategic direction and growth of the Tourism Division, including overseeing Sundance Helicopters and… Read more »
Seeking to promote helicopter -tourism, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation and Pawan Hans have joined hands under an agreement that would allow flyers to book tickets through IRCTC website. Pawan Hans is a PSU of the Civil Aviation Ministry. The Memorandum of Understanding has been signed to implement the ‘heli project’ by making joint… Read more »
Oxalis International Travel Company, in association with the Northern Vietnam Helicopter Company, will launch three trial journeys to En cave under the Phong Nha – Ke Ban Heritage by helicopter. The activity aims to celebrate the 410th anniversary of the founding of Quang Binh province. Return flights will be operated on April 26, 27 and… Read more »
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the delivery of two 407GX aircraft to Helicopter Flight Services, Inc., a New York based company offering tours, charters, aerial photography, lift work and custom projects. Helicopter Flight Services is the first to operate a Bell 407GX in a sightseeing capacity. Helicopter Flight Services operates… Read more »
For those looking for a way to enhance a Destin, Florida vacation experience,Â Destin Helicopter Toursprovides the solution. Even vacationers who have been to Destin many times before will be able to see things in a whole new way after a helicopter tour. The view from the helicopter provides memories that last a lifetime. The helicopter… Read more »
Helicopter Adventures, the nation’s first and only attraction offering helicopter tours from a shopping, dining and entertainment complex is now offering flights from Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Free shuttles have pick up points on the north and south sides of the 350-acre complex, while the helicopter launch site is located on… Read more »
Pawan Hans plans to connect Vrindavan and Mathura with New Delhi considering the high potential of religious tourism of the two cities.Â It is also mulling linking Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Mathura and Agra to Delhi. (see full story)
Pawan Hans Helicopters, India’s nationally owned helicopter operator, has been awarded the Best Aviation Company Promoting Pilgrimage Tourism 2011.Â The award was presented by the tourism minister Subodh Kant Sahai to R.K. Tyagi, the Managing Director of Pawan Hans, at a function organised by the travel publication “Today’s Traveller” in New Delhi last week. The… Read more »
A Department of Planning and Community Development review of helicopter landing sites wants to ease the requirements for operators. The review suggests a permit should not be required where the hours of helicopter operation and frequency are limited and where there is a one-kilometre setback from a sensitive use.Â (Full story)Â Photo shows the Twelve… Read more »
Heli USA Airways are reportedly looking to buy seven AgustaWestland AW119Ke helicopters.Â While no official announcement has been made by the manufacturer, it’s a case of “there’s no smoke without fire” with the following evidence What purports to be an AgustaWestland press release appearing on a US-based website Job positions being advertised clearly confirming the… Read more »
The Chardham Pilgrimage Tours comprising of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri destinations started with the opening of portals of both Gangotri and Yamunotri shrines on May 6, 2011. The holy sites adorn the beautiful destination Uttarakhand. The Kedarnath place is situated at a height of 3,584 meter in Rudraprayag district whereas Gangotri and Yamunotri shrines… Read more »
PatriciaÂ Ornst, director of aviation for the Economic Development Corp., warned that the city would lose its limited leverage over tourist helicopters if the choppers were barred from the downtown heliport. “They will move elsewhere and they will continue to operate,”Â OrnstÂ told Community Board 1’s Financial District Committee. “It will be worse.”
The following is the full text of a letter from Rep Nydia M. Velazquez to NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg:- The Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg Mayor of New York City City Hall New York, N.Y. 10007 Dear Mayor Bloomberg: This letter follows up on April 5, 2010 correspondence regarding the issue of tourist helicopters. Relentless helicopter… Read more »
Maverick Helicopters has been named 2011 SNHCA Choice Award winner for Best Tour Company in Las Vegas by the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association (SNHCA). SNHCA, which was established in 1990, is an association of professional hotel concierge dedicated to providing the highest level of service to Las Vegas visitors. The association is honoring Maverick… Read more »
Friday, February 18, 2011 Washington, D.C. â€“ With the Senate passage of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill late last night, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced several provisions that will benefit Oregon, including improved commercial air service between western states and Washington, D.C., protecting Crater Lake from air tour flyovers, increasing testing sites for… Read more »
Salt Lake City, Utah, USAÂ Â Â Â Â February 17, 2011 The Guide to Helicopter Tours in the U.S. (GHT) has recently launched an exciting, comprehensive eGuide which specifically promotes helicopter tourism in the US.Â Some of the most awe inspiring scenic helicopter tours in America can now be accessed in one convenient location on the web. â€œLanding… Read more »
“The Park Service has done the unthinkable but not the unexpected; it has broken its public promise to the air tour community to not propose measures designed to drive the industry, along with many jobs, out of existence in Southern Nevada and Northern Arizona — which this will do,” Steve Bassett, president of the United… Read more »
The National Park Service has developed a draft plan to address the impacts of aircraft noise on park resources and visitor experience.Â Released by the park on Tuesday, the plan is formally called a â€œDraft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Special Flight Rules Area in the Vicinity of Grand Canyon National Park.â€ The document will be… Read more »
Himachal Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has this weekend launched the much-awaited helicopter services to cater for high-end tourists.Â He ceremonially sent off the first helicopter flight for Kullu from Annandale helipad on Saturday, operated by an MD600N from the Simm-Samm Company.Â Two other operators Shiva Heli Services and Mesco Airlines are also involved. The… Read more »
The tour operators Paradise Helicopters and Sunshine Helicopters discussed initiatives to support and enhance the air tour business with HAI President Matt Zuccaro during his recent visit to Hawaii. Zuccaro met with Cal Dorn of Paradise and Sunshineâ€™s Paul Morris to discuss a number of HAI initiatives to support air tours, including its ongoing discussions… Read more »
The latest sightseeing excursion from Maverick Aviation Group will give explorers a multi-perspective view of Grand Canyon West Rim. Passengers will witness the beauty of the Grand Canyon and all it has to offer while traveling via plane, helicopter and by foot on the new Tribal Spirit excursion. The companyâ€™s latest expedition will depart daily… Read more »
An innovative new tourism product for the Bay of Islands has just been launched by Salt Air which includes a barge, a helicopter, a boat and stunning island beaches. Salt Air have purpose built a floating heli pad barge that will be anchored out amongst the islands from Paihia. Visitors to the Bay of Islands… Read more »
Serenity Helicopters has opened their doors as the newest provider of Las Vegas to Grand Canyon helicopter tours. Steve Egger, founder of Air Maui (a popular Hawaii helicopter tour provider), brings his 25+ years of experience and flawless safety record to the Las Vegas helicopter industry. Serenity takes pride in being a small company, which… Read more »
The company is going to launch a day trip by private charter helicopter to Ba Ria Vung Tau for interested travelers from Ho Chi Minh City. The Luxury Travel Company (www.luxurytravelvietnam.com ), Vietnamâ€™s leading bespoke travel experience, is experienced in providing special services and unique tourism products to luxury global travelers over the years. Long… Read more »
The company has renewed a request to build a helicopter pad for a private helicopter tour company to be placed on George Bishop Parkway. The request asks that the zoning be changed on the property from highway commercial to outdoor commercial amusements.
Pawan Hans CMD R K Tyagi said his company had received very good response to the introduction of helicopter services for Amarnath with more than 40,000passengers already booked to fly between July-August.
Heli-Cusco is heavily dependant on the Peruvian tourist trade, which focuses on Maccu Picchu.Â Last week’s 125 sq.mile helicopter exclusion zone was created by the Cusco provincial government without prior warning or consultation
Maverick Helicopter officials have announced the addition of two new tours to the company’s schedule, the Skywalk Odyssey and Silver Cloud Sunset excursions. Both new sightseeing expeditions depart from the company’s Las Vegas Strip location, 6075 Las Vegas Blvd. South, and both offer unique views of Southern Nevada, Arizona and the Grand Canyon. For the… Read more »
The â€œToast the Spirits of the Grand Canyonâ€ helicopter tour has become the number one seller at TourGuy.com, a new tour and travel source for adventure and ecotourism tours launched during National Travel And Tourism Week. The Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour takes up to six passengers from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon for a… Read more »
The Horry County Council is considering a zoning change that would allow a helicopter company to open up a tourist attraction across the street from the rollercoaster at Freestyle Music Park. The proposal has met with mixed reactions
Channel Island Helicopters, which currently operates out of the Oxnard Airport, wanted to lease harbor land near Anchors Way to offer tours one weekend a month and raise its profile, but â€œit wasnâ€™t the right fit,â€ Harbormaster Scott Miller said Tuesday.
The fact that there’s now a single site in Manhattan for tourist-helicopter flights is a big part of why a bad problem is a whole lot worse,” said state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn), who said his staff arrived at work Monday to find 50 e-mail complaints about chopper noise.
The helicopter with the capacity to accommodate six to eight persons will display the logo of Bihar Tourism and the highlights of its tourist sites of Vaishali, Kesaria, Bodh Gaya, Rajgir, Nalanda and Patna.
A low-time private pilot who has recently achieved his commercial licence was awarded an operating certificate on 24th December and has launched Heli Tours in New Zealand with an AS350.Â See also http://www.helitours.co.nz
The plan allows Safari Helicopters to land on a ridge above Olokele Canyon, allow visitors to stroll through an endangered-plant reserve, and use a portion of the proceeds to fund soil-erosion and the endangered-species work.
With a view to promote tourist destinations in hilly and remote areas of the country, MoT has also issued guidelines to extend financial assistance to State Governments/Union Territory Administrations for construction of heliports under the scheme of product/ infrastructure development for destinations and circuits.
A showdown is looming between the National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority and the Victoria Falls Town Council after the local authority allocated land for helipads to seven potential helicopter operators to venture into providing flights over the rainforest.