The experienced air chauffeurs of Heli USA Airways—an FAA-certified air carrier—chaperone adventurers into the sky aboard luxurious Agusta 119 jet helicopters. Daily departures from the Las Vegas Atlantic Air terminal put each pilot's 10,000 hours of flight experience to use with tours of the Grand Canyon and the Las Vegas strip, during which the captain’s narration illuminates famous landmarks, such as stunning ancient rock formations and the elegant Trump Hotel’s crowning toupee. Overnight and weekend getaway packages grant guests unobstructed views of Vegas’s sprawling luminescence as choppers hover toward the historic Grand Canyon Ranch Resort, a 165-square-mile ranch outfitted with custom-built log cabins, dining facilities, and old-fashioned western entertainments, such as lassoing televisions. Tours are available in several languages, including English, French, Japanese, and Spanish.
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GC Flight parades tourists over bridges, across the Colorado River, and by wildlife habitats while meandering through the sprawling natural and man-made environs of the Grand Canyon National Park and Hoover Dam. After being picked up from one of the many major hotels on the strip, sightseers are ushered into air-conditioned, class-A motor coach. A knowledgeable guide narrates the tales of the Black Canyon, from the pioneer Indian wars and the trials of the mountain men to the plight of the desert umbrella salesman. Soar 900 feet above the Colorado River while gazing at the Hoover Dam on the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, the longest arched-concrete bridge in the western hemisphere. After skimming through the habitat of big horn sheep, motor-coaches make their way to the south rim of the Grand Canyon.
The neon signs, towering casinos, and world-class restaurants of the Las Vegas strip create a jungle filled with wild nightlife. To keep visits to the stimulating city stress-free, Vegas Rockstar VIP's team helps customers traverse the city and avoid being disappeared by its feral magicians. Chauffeurs pilot a fleet of stretch limos, which pick up groups from the airport or hotel. As passengers sip bubbly champagne, drivers tour the Vegas strip and stop at some of Vegas Rockstar VIP's partner clubs, letting customers eschew the lines at haunts such as Cathouse. Not confined by roads or the giant electromagnet controlling Earth's gravity, the team also leads helicopter tours that uncover a bird's eye view of Vegas's lights.
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.
Shawn Mullin, iflyElite.com’s chief pilot and cofounder, has logged more than 5,500 hours of flight time. He now heads a team of skilled pilots who lead thrilling tours over the luminescent Las Vegas Strip, train fledgling aircraft operators, and manage private craft. Elite’s current fleet of advanced aircraft is used for tours, rental, and training flights, with classes available for both airplanes and helicopters. iflyElite.com and its pilots also boast the stamp of FAA approval for tour operations, guiding groups of up to three over the Las Vegas Strip, where passengers can take in aerial views of the Bellagio fountains and the crowning beret of Paris’s Eiffel Tower.