Adventure Helicopter Tours parades sightseers about the skies above Los Angeles for aerial appreciation of the city's many landmarks. The outfit hosts 12 separate tours around southern California, including those that fly over the homes of celebrities, providing ample opportunities to pass judgment on their backyard barbecuing skills. Other options include a romantic sunset excursion, and a route that flies past the Hollywood sign. Every passenger on an Adventure Helicopter Tours excursion enjoys window seating and a two-way MP3 stereo headset for easy communication with fellow sightseers.
ALG Aviation sends its patrons soaring into the airspace above Los Angeles for reasons that range from the beauteous views only available on high to the in-flight instruction necessary to teach the next generation of pilots. A fixed-wing single-engine airplane becomes the gravity-scoffing vantage point from which passengers take in the panoramic views during any of the eight different scenic flights. Depending on the route chosen, passengers can point out Santa Monica Pier, marvel at Downtown LA?s twinkling skyline, and pose like Orion for stargazers at Griffith Observatory. The squadron's Discovery Flights hand control of the steering column over to the passengers, allowing them to enjoy the freedom of flight while an experienced pilot oversees their safety.
The Flight School at Van Nuys makes its home at Van Nuys Airport in the San Fernando Valley, where diverse airspaces present opportunities for training in a wide array of scenarios. Some 400,000 takeoffs and landings take place at VNY each year, so while it may not be LAX or Mission San Juan Capistrano, it certainly stays busy. Pilots-in-training must learn to navigate safely amid this flurry of aeronautical activity. Developing skills are put further to the test over the L.A. Basin just south of the airport, where complex airspace requires deft maneuvering and keen vigilance. For more room to roam, students can point the school's Piper and Cessna aircraft north of the airport and practice their navigation techniques in less cluttered airspace.
For more than two decades, the FAA-certified flight instructors at Orbic Air have maintained an impeccable safety record while escorting sightseers and pilots in training through the sky aboard a reliable fleet of Robinson helicopters. With Van Nuys Airport as a home nest, casual travelers can charter a scenic ride to Los Angeles, Big Bear, or Las Vegas in order to make a flashy entrance or rescue a kitten stuck on top of the Luxor pyramid. The Orbic Air flight school sees enrollees from first flights all the way to commercial-pilot certificates with guidance from expert instructors.
Living up to their slogan "Excellence in Aviation," Rotor F/X runs the gamut of flight-related services by selling and repairing rotorcraft, in addition to offering flight training, transportation, and quick aerial tours of the Los Angeles area. As a prop company, Rotor F/X has a reputation of building believable cockpit mockups, aviation sets, and scale models of planes and helicopters. As a testament to their ability to enhance stunts, effects, and camera shots with their replicas, the crew of the History Channel's Modern Marvels asked them to construct a experimental helicopter that not only lifts up into the air, but travels back in time to prevent the original Star Trek from being canceled.