SkyView Helicopter Charters

Scenic flights, proposals, birthdays, anniversaries, airport and game reserve transfers are all in a day's work for the Skyview crew which means they have something that suits your needs! Sit back and relax between destinations or have your breath taken away by views that only Africa can offer!

Grade

Pretty Wild

Disabled Friendly

No

Accommodation

Nearby

Team Building Facilities

Yes

Family Friendly

Yes

Skyview Helicopter

Depart from Rand Airport, Germiston and view the City of Gold from a unique vantage point. This popular flight provides an unforgettable experience as you soar above the Johannesburg Skyline. Celebrate a birthday or anniversary, ask for your partner’s hand in marriage during a flight or just do it to experience the thrill of helicopter flying. Return to Rand Airport and enjoy lunch at Harvard Café as an optional extra, or visit the SAA Museum. Sights during the flight include: Johannesburg CBD, Vodacom Tower, Telkom Tower, Brixton Tower, Ellis Park, Johannesburg Zoo, Bruma Lake, Eastgate Shopping Centre, Linksfield Ridge, Zoo Lake, SABC building, Melville Koppies, Golf courses, Emmarentia Dam, The Westcliff Hotel, Soccer City, Golf Reef City and more. LOW FLIGHT

Oh, I’ve slipped the surly bonds of earth And hovered out of ground effect on semi-rigid blades; Earthward I’ve auto’ed and met the rising brush of non-paved terrain And done a thousand things you would never care to Skidded and dropped and flared Low in the heat soaked roar. Confined there, I’ve chased the earthbound traffic And lost the race to insignificant headwinds; Forward and up a little in ground effect I’ve topped the General’s hedge with drooping turns Where never Skyhawk or even Phantom flew. Shaking and pulling collective, I’ve lumbered The low untresspassed halls of victor airways, Put out my hand and touched a tree.

—Anonymous

The Robinson R44 Helicopter

These helicopters are manufactured by the Robinson Helicopter Company based in California USA.  They are designed by Frank D. Robinson, and first flew on 31 March 1990.  It’s a four-seated light helicopter with hydraulically assisted flight controls.   Single-engine with a semi-rigid two-bladed main rotor and a two-bladed tail rotor, with skid landing gear.  It has an enclosed cabin with two rows of side-by-side seating for a pilot and three passengers.

In 1997, a R44 was piloted by Jennifer Murray for the first helicopter circumnavigation of the world by a woman, covering a distance of 36000 miles in 97 days.

SPECIFICATIONS

Crew:  one or two pilots

Capacity:  four including the pilot

Payload:  340kg

Length:  11,65m

Height:  3,3m

Empty weight:  657kg

Power plant:  1 x Lycoming 6 cylinder engine with fuel injection – 245bhp

Maximum speed:  130 knots

Cruise speed:  110 knots

Range:  300 nautical miles

Altitude restrictions:  14 000 ft above ground level

Dangerous Goods

The following articles must not be carried onto any helicopter flight in order to make it as safe as possible:

Compressed Gases
Corrosives
Explosives including fireworks, flares, hand guns and ammunition
Flammable liquids and solids
Radioactive materials
Briefcases and attaché cases with installed alarm devices
Oxidising materials
Poisons and Infectious substances
Other dangerous articles such as magnetized materials, offensive or irritating materials
Sporting Event Services

If you would like to leave ordinary behind and travel in luxurious style to an event, arriving in the comfort of your own private helicopter, then sit back, relax and enjoy the view as Skyview takes you there. If you are interested in partaking in an adventure of a different kind – a golf weekend with your friends, a flight to a rugby or soccer match with your business colleagues,  then our tailored helicopter tours will transport you to your desired sporting destination quickly and efficiently.

PILOT RULES

The PILOT always makes The Rules

The Rules are subject to change at any time without prior notification

No CO-PILOT can possibly know all The Rules

If the PILOT suspects the CO-PILOT knows all The Rules he must immediately change some or all of The Rules

The PILOT is never wrong

If the PILOT is wrong, it is due to a misunderstanding which was a direct result of something the CO-PILOT did or said wrong

The CO-PILOT must apologise immediately for causing said misunderstanding

The PILOT may change his mind at any time

The CO-PILOT must never change his mind without the express written consent of the PILOT

The PILOT has every right to be angry or upset any time

The CO-PILOT must remain calm at all times unless the PILOT wants him to be angry and/or upset

The CO-PILOT is expected to mind read at all times

The PILOT is ready when he is ready

The CO-PILOT must be ready at all times

Any attempt to document The Rules could result in bodily harm

The CO-PILOT who doesn’t abide by The Rules is grounded PILOT RULES

The PILOT always makes The Rules

The Rules are subject to change at any time without prior notification

No CO-PILOT can possibly know all The Rules

If the PILOT suspects the CO-PILOT knows all The Rules he must immediately change some or all of The Rules

The PILOT is never wrong

If the PILOT is wrong, it is due to a misunderstanding which was a direct result of something the CO-PILOT did or said wrong

The CO-PILOT must apologise immediately for causing said misunderstanding

The PILOT may change his mind at any time

The CO-PILOT must never change his mind without the express written consent of the PILOT

The PILOT has every right to be angry or upset any time

The CO-PILOT must remain calm at all times unless the PILOT wants him to be angry and/or upset

The CO-PILOT is expected to mind read at all times

The PILOT is ready when he is ready

The CO-PILOT must be ready at all times

Any attempt to document The Rules could result in bodily harm

The CO-PILOT who doesn’t abide by The Rules is grounded

Becoming a Pilot.

I distinctly remember the exact moment when I became a Helicopter Pilot………….

It wasn’t the moment when I found myself seriously wondering why I was trying to keep a 6 cylinder, 200 BHP machine in one place 5 feet off the ground .  Nor was it the first time I tried to co-ordinate all three controls at the same time.  And I’m sure it wasn’t when the instructor said that I should talk on the radio and handle all three controls.    It could have been the moment when I listened to the air traffic controller giving me all kinds of information that I didn’t quite understand, nor could I remember them.  It definitely wasn’t the moment that I was expected to repeat that information back to the controller.  No, the exact moment happened one morning, after months of training.  I had earned my first solo flight and the whole process of flying one circuit at the airfield, would take maybe 5 minutes.  So I extracted myself from the comfort of having the instructor next to me, gave her the thumbs up and with a brave face prepared for my first take off on my own.  Successfully up in the air with only the tower to talk to and the knowledge that, God forbid,  I now had to land the machine – In the thrill of that moment, I became a helicopter pilot!

If your goal is to obtain a private or commercial helicopter pilot’s license, please contact us for the details.

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”  ? Leonardo da Vinci

Filming

If you are an aspiring photographer and wish to experience an alternative point of view, then hiring a helicopter for your own photo journey could be the ultimate in self expression. Our luxurious helicopters are available for private charter where you and a small group can be taken out to the destination of your choice where you will be able to film or take exquisite photographs.

Anniversaries, Birthdays, Weddings

We are also available for exclusive helicopter charters for any form of event including weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and outdoor celebrations.   Why not treat that special person in your life to an adventurous and romantic getaway for a day or a weekend!!  We can custom design a flight just for you.  Please note that all flights are subject to weather conditions on the day.

Helicopter Travel

Helicopter travel is a unique way to explore and discover South Africa’s beauty – Why not hire a helicopter to transfer you to and from airports, or to transport you to your desired game reserve so you can experience the wild the way it should be.  If game viewings do not hold your interest, our private helicopter charters can take you to your desired holiday destination or even for a day outing to a restaurant, a weekend away to Sun City or why not tailor make your own sightseeing tour – Skyview will take you where you need to be. In addition to leisure transportation, our helicopters are also used for professional charter services such as geological, mining and power line surveys that can only be conducted from an aerial flight.

Why should you hire a Helicopter ……

To get you to your wedding or metric dance.

You can charter a Helicopter for any special occasion – birthdays or anniversaries.

Treat yourself to a pleasure flight if you haven’t experienced helicopter flights before.

Buy a flight for someone as a gift.

View Johannesburg CBD from a unique vantage point during one of our scenic flights.

The helicopter is very versatile and if you have a suitable landing and takeoff area at your factory, office or home, we can collect you at your door.

Travelling by helicopter is fast and efficient, avoiding road traffic jams and speed cameras.

In some instances a helicopter is the only practical way to access remote locations.

With a small group of friends, share the cost of hiring one of our helicopters and arrive in style at a special event such as a concert or a party.

If you are organising a special event, gala or rally, we will be delighted to offer our helicopter services.

Helicopters fascinate everyone and pleasure flights are thrilling.

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