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Our Private Tour Guests Love to See Movie Locations
Like an establishing shot in a movie our helicopter tour of Los Angeles gives our guests a chance to see film locations as the filmmakers do. This particular photograph was taken during a flight over Century City and features the Fox Plaza Building (left) and the Intercontinental Hotel. The Fox Plaza building was called the Nakatomi Tower in the first Die Hard film, John McTiernan’s blockbuster that turned Bruce Willis into an action hero. It was a convenient location for the 20th Century Fox production with the studio located just behind the skyscraper (also seen in the photo).
Now the Intercontinental Hotel, the ziggarat like structure next to the Fox Plaza, also a favorite movie and television filming location, was where important scenes in Lethal Weapon 2 were filmed. From this angle you can see the swimming pool where Mel Gibson as detective Martin Riggs falls with the faux room service attendant in one exciting scene. Our helicopter tours can be combined with a ground tour so our guests get a custom tour experience that fully captures everything about Los Angeles.
Not Too Many Homes Have Helipads for Our Luxury Tour
We are still very excited about our Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate private tour for our Los Angeles guests. Flying to the vineyard estate just adds to our guests’ enjoyment. As you see above we land on a helipad adjacent to the home which is situated on top of a Malibu mountain. The views from all around the home are incredible and not just at sunset. It is easy to understand why this is a perfect filming location for television and movies. Once inside the home our guests see why Los Angeles party planners covet the estate for important social events and why Hollywood celebrities want to host private parties in this luxurious home where there are no neighbors to disturb. Malibu definitely has something to offer that you cannot find in Beverly Hills.
Baking a High Flying Los Angeles Tour
The beauty of seeing Los Angeles on a private helicopter tour is that the flight path is quite flexible, just like our ground tour routes through Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Malibu. While our drivers do not have to contend with any flight restrictions or air traffic in the proximity of several major and minor airfields and can go wherever they want whenever they want, a helicopter still has more control of its route than a fixed wing aircraft. A guest wanting a close-up view of MacArthur Park because he is so attached to memories of Richard Harris‘ recording of the Jimmy Webb folk anthem can ask to fly over the urban lake and picnic areas and we can accommodate our guest’s wish.
I don’t think that I can take it
’cause it took so long to bake it
and I’ll never have the recipe again, oh no
Cooler autumn and winter days mean much clearer skies so we can capture brilliant photographs like this one. Can you pick out some of L.A.’s notable landmarks: City Hall, Wilshire Boulevard, Library Tower, Langer’s Delicatessen?
Private Tour Guests See All from the Air
Backyards of the rich and famous, our Los Angeles guests can peer into those places not seen from our luxury van on the street as they fly over the large and elegant properties of Beverly Hills, Bel Air and Holmby Hills in a quiet jet copter of their own. Traveling just like the homeowners below in comfort with large tinted windows to see everything there is to see and get some great photos along the way. We won’t identify the property above but our readers can probably guess who lives here from the arrangement of the pools. You can always use Google Maps in satellite view to pinpoint the location. We’ll give you a hint: boys will play in Holmby Hills.
Private Tour Guests Love to Laugh
And laugh they did when they saw the sign for the Barbara Pearson Dinghy Dock. Trying saying “Dock your dinghy at the dinghy dock” three times fast. Our private Los Angeles tour guests visiting Santa Catalina Island with us this summer did indeed say it. The kids in particular. Over and over and over. We suggested they offer it up to their drama coaches as an elocution exercise. The dinghy docks are an important part of the Avalon harbor experience as our guests witnessed sailors come in from their anchor-outs to spend time ashore on the island. We ride the ferry to the island almost as often as we fly there by helicopter. Some of our guests like the seagoing experience though the flight is faster and smoother. We are happy to present everyone with a choice of conveyance. What is important is seeing this pretty haven off the coast of Los Angeles where Hollywood gamboled and gambled during Prohibition. The island is still great fun for hiking, swimming, snorkeling, diving, ziplining and just plain hanging out.
Not a View our Los Angeles Tour Guests Usually See
Believe it or not, lives are regularly saved from the top of Mt. Lee just above the Hollywood Sign. Those are transmitters and systems supporting Los Angeles County and city emergency responses. Originally owned by Hollywood silent film producer Mack Sennett, it was purchased by Tom Lee who named the mountain for his father, 1920s Cadillac dealer Don Lee. Over the years radio and television broadcast antennas were erected atop the the mountain though that stopped after WWII when transmitters were built at higher elevations in the San Gabriel Mountains. From this vantage point on one of our helicopter tours over the city, or if you hike with us on a fitness tour, you can understand why the location is fundamentally important. From here you can see the entire Los Angeles basin from Santa Catalina Island to Idylwild to Long Beach (on a clear day, anyway). At just over 1,700 feet it is a healthy climb from the old television Batman’s cave to the top, just behind the Hollywood Sign. Sitting in our helicopter, though, it’s no effort at all, just tremendous views of the Los Angeles basin and the San Fernando Valley.
After Sunset Flying Tour Back to Los Angeles
After a day of fine wine tasting and exploring the Santa Ynez Valley and its many extraordinary wineries it is time to fly back to Los Angeles. Flying to Santa Barbara saves a good deal of driving time and allows for more private tasting sessions in the wine region made famous in the novel and film SIDEWAYS. The fictional material still draws our private Los Angeles tour guests to our very own Sideways tour. We can either fly or drive up to the wine region near Santa Barbara. If we drive we can let our guests watch the movie on the 23″ built-in LED screen in our custom van. For an added treat, we know Rex Pickett, the author, quite well and can often arrange for him to join us on the tour for a special insight into wine, Santa Ynez vintners and Hollywood.
Flying Over Hollywood Chic on a Sunset Strip Aerial Tour
The Mondrian Hotel stands alone atop Sunset Boulevard offering incredible views of the Los Angeles basin and shoreline. Known by everyone who is anyone for Skybar, the elegant poolside bar where the young Hollywood celebrities love to gather, the hotel will soon be opening Herringbone, Brian Malarkey’s wonderful seafood restaurant begun in La Jolla. Expect to find the same Hollywood elite dining and drinking at the Mondrian. What our guests always talk about is the rooftop pool. Great views to Palos Verdes and Catalina Island and what we love – great service. The poolside menu for drinks and snacks is superb and gives us reason to keep reading our guilty fiction and celebrity magazines instead of heading elsewhere for sustenance. On any of our perfect Los Angeles nights it is one of the best places to ogle the beautiful people gathering for drinks and power conversations. Join us there during or after a private Los Angeles tour to talk about the great homes of Beverly Hills and the busy studios of Hollywood.
Fly and Drive Your Los Angeles Private Tour
Cooler weather and clearer skies are coming which means our aerial tours of Los Angeles will allow our guests to see the entire 500 square miles of the city and much of the 5,000 square miles of Los Angeles county. We offer departures from a skyscraper helipad downtown which is how this photograph was taken earlier this year when snow capped the local mountains. These are postcard photographs of the city that need no retouching. The L.A. Convention Center, Staples Center, the Nokia Theater, the beautiful Ritz-Carlton and J.W. Marriott hotels all make up what is called L.A. Live, a central hub of entertainment and hospitality activity just south of the downtown business district. We often find ourselves here with our guests dining at the Original Pantry or visiting the Grammy Museum. Our aerial tours can be taken in combination with a luxury custom ground tour in our luxury vans which gives our guests a thorough examination of Los Angeles including Hollywood and Beverly Hills.
Flying Helicopter Tours in Friendly Skies Up to Malibu
For the technically inclined, this larger aircraft pictured above is the most recent addition to our air fleet, the only Sikorsky S76 luxury corporate jetcopter on this side of the country. Beautifully appointed, speedy and quiet, we can fly to the Santa Barbara and Temecula wine districts comfortably for private tasting sessions at notable wineries. We can also quickly cross the channel to Santa Catalina Island for touring, ziplining or to attend a local festival. Also shown is one of our Eurocopter Twinstars, a smaller yet very luxurious jet helicopter that we use often for flying tours over Los Angeles from downtown to the coast and up to Malibu with great views from above of Hollywood and Beverly Hills. This bird is perfect for our Malibu winery adventures. For those of you not so technically inclined, these are very pretty aircraft looking from the outside and extremely spacious and comfortable when looking at the Los Angeles sights from inside. Even if you think you do not like to fly in helicopters a tour aboard either of these two will surely change your mind.