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An Early Helicopter Tour Means Calm Air and Sea in Malibu
Malibu lies like a ribbon along the top portion of Santa Monica Bay. For twenty-seven miles the city encompasses a narrow swath of beach and mountain. The bay’s shoreline runs from Point Dume down through Santa Monica, past Venice and Manhattan Beaches and all the way to Point Vicente on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Our private tour guests who wish to enjoy a luxury helicopter tour of Los Angeles really get to appreciate the scope and beauty of the coast along this metropolis. There are wide sandy beaches in some places, steep cliffsides in others. Surfing enthusiasts will probably already know the names of the point breaks and beaches beloved by the salt water athletes who come here from all over the world when the storm wells arrive. We always can play some of the better known surfing tunes to remind our guests. From our helicopter we can look from over the water to the coastline to see the magnificent beach mansions down below and the even larger homes built up on the ridges and in the canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains higher up. We generally fly up the coast from Long Beach or Marina del Rey (depending on our departure heliport) and then turn inland when we get to Pepperdine University so we get to see both sides of the narrow city of Malibu. The mornings are especially beautiful this time of year with the very clear cool air and calm seas.
Tour the Queen Mary on Your Los Angeles Tour
The largest U.S. port complex is the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach. The largest container ships in the world pass in and out of these adjacent facilities on a daily basis. It really is something to behold driving into the port area over the beautiful Vincent Thomas suspension bridge. Another incredible view we share with our private Los Angeles tour guests is what we get to see flying over the port in one of our helicopters on the aerial portion of a combination air + ground tour of Los Angeles. Above we get to see the permanently moored British Ocean liner, the Queen Mary, and beside it a cruise ship plying the coast from Alaska to Mexico. What makes the Queen Mary so spectacular is not her size and elegance but the fact that she is today a floating hotel available for Los Angelenos and visitors in our fair city to enjoy. She offers luxury accommodations, fine dining and entertainment, a truly impressive museum and other fun things to do and see. And you won’t get seasick. Corporations plan conferences here and weddings, graduations and other family occasions draw happy passengers up the gangplank to spend time on this still great former ocean going vessel. If you are planning a visit to Los Angeles consider staying on the Queen Mary to make your visit something extraordinary. Also plan a helicopter and ground tour of the city to fill a day with sightseeing and adventure and have photographs to really impress your friends when you return home.
The Goodyear Blimp at Its West Coast Base in Los Angeles
The Goodyear Blimp is synonymous with modern dirigibles (blimps) and lighter-than-air airship activities. No one watches a major sporting event without expecting to see the beautiful “slow motion” aerial images provided by these slow moving aircraft. Here our guests aboard our very modern and fast Agusta luxury helicopter look down on the Spirit of America based in Carson, CA, just south of Los Angeles. The nearly 200′ foot long, twin-engine, blue and gold helium-filled balloon is as easy to spot on the ground as it is floating above Los Angeles and Hollywood. The Los Angeles River and the San Diego Freeway (the 405 to us) are just beyond the blimp. The Spirit of America seats 7 passengers and with a full payload (passengers, camera equipment and fuel) weighs only 100-200 pounds. Thus we have lighter-than-air transportation. After enjoying our view of this large transportation vessel we head off to see another big ship. A really big ship…the Queen Mary. More on that tomorrow.
Our Private Tour Group Says Goodbye to Their Bird
After a busy day of luxury helicopter tours the sun sets over Los Angeles and the birds can rest. Our last private Los Angeles tour group had spent the day on Catalina Island. Our twin-engine luxury aircraft make that a swift and beautiful trip across the 23-mile wide channel that separates the island from the mainland. Flying means more time on the island although the boat trip is a fun adventure in its own way. Catalina offers a lot for our guests: hiking, sightseeing, dining, snorkeling, scuba diving, deep sea fishing and ziplining. Even the art is amazing. It inspires us to take great photographs for our guests to keep in their tour photo album.
No Hustle or Bustle from Our Los Angeles Tour
Rooftop departures are de rigueur for any of our helicopter tours over and around Los Angeles. We offer a number of convenient airports for our guests to chose where they wish to take off from depending on the part of the city where they are staying or the route we take from their hotel to the airport. We also give our private Los Angeles tour guests the opportunity to see what it is like to lift off from atop a tall building in the heart of downtown Los Angeles (DTLA). Our guests notice as we fly up and over the city that all the skyscrapers have helipad markings and windsocks. However, these are only for emergency use by fire department, medical and law enforcement helicopters. There are only a couple of helipads permitted to handle commercial aircraft and our tours are invited to use one of them. As soon as we clear the rooftop we are hundreds of feet above the busy downtown streets and in between even taller buildings. We look into the windows of busy people working at desks or watching us enviously wishing they were about to fly out to the coast and low over the waves as far north as Malibu. Our route takes us over the fancy neighborhoods of Brentwood, Bel Air and Beverly Hills and then along the Sunset Strip into Hollywood. There we always like to thrill our aviation guests with a closeup eye level look at the Hollywood Sign. Our luxury helicopters are smooth and comfortable and, as twin-engine aircraft, safe to fly over the channel to Catalina Island if our guests wish. As exciting as the take off from the rooftop is flying back down to land on what seems a tiny piece of Los Angeles real estate is a true adventure.
Two Ways Our Private Tour Groups See the Hollywood Sign
This was the better photograph taken by one of our tour groups observing another. Both groups were at the Hollywood Sign at the same time but one traveled there in our custom conversion van and the other in our luxury helicopter. Our combination air + ground tour allows our guests the opportunity to see the historic sign both from the ground and the sky. A 1-hour helicopter tour of Los Angeles allows terrific hovering views of downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, the beaches and everything in between. The ground tour with the helicopter ride gets our guests back to the most notable destinations for a closer look. Plus, we will customize the tour any way our guests wish. We can even depart from the top of a downtown skyscraper.
Our Private Aerial Tour of Los Angeles Flies Over Beverly Hills
When we take to the skies on a private Los Angeles tour, helicopter-style, we get to see Beverly Hills and its wonders from an excellent vantage point. For instance, we can see the entire property of the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Pink Palace as it is familiarly known, as we look north above Sunset Boulevard. The beautiful park across Sunset to the south is perfect for a peaceful stroll with kids and pets. Many of our tour guests stay at this grand hotel which has been in business now more than 100 years (in California time that is really old). The hotel’s Polo Lounge is one of the finest restaurants in Beverly Hills and a regular place for “doing lunch” for Hollywood celebrities, agents and studio executives. This graceful and gracious hotel can be a tour stop, too, on the ground portion of our combination helicopter + ground tour. Lots of Hollywood history here.
What Better Adventure than a
Helicopter Tour of Los Angeles
The beauty of our helicopter tour is that we always cover the same distance in the same amount of time. That’s very unlike traveling in our custom vans on Los Angeles city streets and freeways. Our helicopters are twin-engine jet aircraft (so we can fly to Catalina Island or quickly up to Santa Barbara or down to San Diego) that are as comfortable as our vans. Our experienced helicopter passengers always comment on how impressive the TwinStars are and our newbie passengers just stare out the window with their mouths agape. When we do a downtown skyscraper departure, well, that impresses every passenger no matter how experienced a whirlybird flyer they are. More of our guests want to pose with the helicopter than our specially designed custom vans even before they fly away. That’s how impressive these babies are.
Our Helicopter Tour Hovers Past Casa de Hitch
What makes our private helicopter tours truly spectacular is seeing the beautiful homes below as we circle much of the Los Angeles area. Many of the celebrity homes are accessible to us from the street and we can circle back on the ground tour portion of our combination helicopter + luxury van tours. However, many are located in gated communities or have long driveways with significant security, much like Will Smith‘s home. But flying over the Santa Monica Mountains on our way to land at a Malibu winery (for a private wine tasting and gourmet picnic lunch – our “Urban Escape” tour) we get to really take a good look at Will and Jada’s secluded home. And there are other noteworthy homes along the way on all of our helicopter tours, homes in Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Bel Air and Malibu. This is a great way to see and learn about Los Angeles and celebrity landscape design.
Crossing Catalina Canyons on a Zipline Tour
One advantage of our southern California drought conditions is that almost every day this winter has been a bright sunny and cool day. Perfect for a luxury zipline adventure with our private Los Angeles tour guests. We flew a group recently by helicopter to Santa Catalina Island, 22 miles of the coast of Los Angeles, and rode a Jeep up to the top point in a 5-station zipline rope journey that spans the island. Clear skies and a blue ocean greeted our guests as they learned the few simple safety lessons for the speedy journey back down to the shoreline. Our guests, potential Hollywood stars each of them, were more than happy to have our videographer join the group and capture the ziplining, the lunch and some exquisite views of the island and Avalon Bay. Please enjoy and share the video yourself and join us for a zipline adventure tour of your own one day.