EBG Helicopters were in Jersey on Thursday and happened to snap the wonderful Red Arrows in different formation than we usually see them in.
EBG Helicopters are at the Goodwood Revival today on a charter.
Early on Friday 31st August the sun was out, the clouds were few and the trip to Le Touquet from Redhill was going ahead.
Out on the pads were 2 x G2’s, 1 x R22 and 1 x R44. Once these aircraft depart with their pilots and passengers another 3 x R44’s would be wheeled out onto the pads ready to lift and the journey to France.
Planning is key to most activities and nevermore so than coordinating a large number of pilots with a large number of aircraft.
Below is a time-lapse video of the activity on the morning to get the aircraft out onto the pads and away.
Early this morning saw a seven EBG Helicopters depart from their base in Redhill en route to Le Touquet in France.
Seven helicopters took part, 2 x G2’s, 1 x R22, and 4 x R44’s.
Linked below is a time lapse video of the preparation and departure of the fleet. More pictures, stories and updates from the day to follow.
Below is a birds eye view from the Rochester tower across their airfield taken by Ken on a recent trip there with two helicopters and a number of fixed wing aircraft in shot.
EBG Helicopter flight over the Thames Estuary earlier this week with some lovely pictures from the helicopter.
A different view of the world!
Bring a camera, go for a helicopter flight to see the London sights, Thames Estuary, points of interest in Surrey, Kent, Essex or Sussex and beyond.
Our most popular tour is our most romantic tour. Arrive at Redhill Aerodrome in the heart of the Surrey countryside just 10 minutes from gatwick Airport where our friendly team will meet you. Your flight begins over lush green fields before we head north towards Central London. Flying past Epsom Race Course and in to the London Heathrow Control Zone. From Banstead and Nonsuch Park we track the A3 past Wimbledon and Richmond Park heading towards the arch of Wembley Stadium. We join the River Thames and follow this as we gently glide through the heart of England, London.
Along the route you’ll pass Chelsea Football Club, Battersea Power Station, Hyde Park, The Royal Albert Hall and the private gardens at the rear of Buckingham Palace. We follow the River Thames all the way through the city over Vauxhall Bridge and past the Houses of Parliament, the Millennium Eye, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral and The Globe Theatre. On the way out of the City we pass the Financial district ‘The City’, The Tower of London, HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge.
As we turn south at the Isle of Dogs you will have a fantastic view of the whole of London. We cruise over Greenwich Park, The Royal Naval College and The Royal Observatory, nip over Croydon City Centre and back into the Surrey countryside returns and you are nearly home after one of the best experiences of your life.
If you choose to add the Olympic Extension to your Tour you’ll marvel at the massive scale of the Olympic village and take in the surrounding scenery from the air. The village encompasses a world-class Aquatics Centre and the new Stratford international station in East London. Including this in your London tour adds an extra 10 minutes to the sightseeing flight and will make it a day to remember.
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Vive la Poésie – by Anne Marie G
My first time to Le Touquet with this motley crew
Hitched a ride out to France, cos I am new
Started off with a briefing from Captain Joe
He told us all we needed to know.
We checked all our rides were ready to fly
And six helicopters took to the sky
Left Redhill in sunshine, that was some luck,
‘Cos the rest of the week it rained like **ck.
We flew out of Surrey and aimed for the coast
I was in PGGY, she’s faster than most
Even when flown by Captain Nic
He’s not that fast but his flying’s quite slick.
We took in the views on every side
Cameras out, enjoying the ride
Not much else to do when you’re in the back,
But heckle and make the odd wisecrack.
We got to the Channel and over to France
Cruising high in the air as we crossed La Manche
After not very long we made it to land
Turned south and cruised down over the sand
Heard traffic control and a German plane
Failing with English again and again
He finally landed and got to the gate
I’m guessing they must’ve used Google translate.
We set down in France and pedalled to lunch
Ken trying to control the unruly bunch
Arrived in one piece and sat down to dine
A portion of fish, a bottle of wine.
(Actually, no wine, we’re pilots!)
Onwards to ice cream down by the sea
can’t believe nobody bought one for me!
A walk back through town, it’s a lovely place
A slow pedal back, it wasn’t a race.
Then the return leg and my turn in charge
To take to the skies high above La Plage
I checked little NDIA, she was all right
Whistled for Tim and then we took flight.
We flew up the coast and turned left for Kent
Remembered to ditch the bad French accent
Cruised over the sea at 3,000ft
It’s an awesome view from the pilot’s seat.
We waved to LYZA as we flew on back
She’s easy to spot, she’s a Union Jack
I don’t think she saw us, she was going so fast
No way she was getting home last.
We all got home safely, sometime around four,
from a trip that left us all wanting some more
Good times and good friends on a flying sortie
Well, they do say that life begins at forty!