Heloventure Helicopter


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Experienced pilot guides private helicopter tour of wineries, private estates & north shore of San Francisco Bay before landing for brunch

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Pilots are the cowboys of the air, roaming the wide-open skies and herding children’s runaway balloons. Giddy up, up, and away with today’s Groupon: for $239, you get a brunch tour from Heloventure Helicopter in Petaluma (a $465 value). The tour includes:

  • A helicopter flight for two
  • $25 worth of breakfast or lunch for two at the Two Niner Diner; most items are between $8.50 and $13.95<p>

Accomplished commercial pilots and aviation enthusiasts loft passengers over stunning California cityscapes and winery views. The chopper soars over the Sonoma Mountain Estates into Sonoma Valley, allowing eyes to imbibe the vineyards and estates below. Tours head up the Petaluma River, opening up stunning views of San Francisco, Oakland, North Bay, and the bridges that keep them from drifting into the ocean. The copter circles near the Infineon Raceway and over Napa Valley, allowing passengers to check out the season’s arboreal trends before landing back at the airfield.

Guests relive flights over breakfast or lunch at the Two Niner Diner, a cozy restaurant located at the airfield. Diners watch small aircraft take off and land on the airstrip as semaphores usher in fluffy hotcakes, ham-and-egg plates, and steamy sandwiches such as the grilled pastrami and cheese. The California burger loads a third-pound Angus patty with pepper jack cheese and avocado, served with a side such as fries, salad, or potato salad. Cuisine is served until 1:30 p.m., so brunch-tour customers should plan accordingly if they want to spend chopper time exploring the valleys rather than plundering their produce.


Heloventure founders can say they've probably seen the Golden Gate Bridge from above more often than they've seen it from below. That's because in 2010, the aviation-loving duo joined their piloting experience and passion for flight with the purchase of an R44 Clipper helicopter, which they now use to give area tours, hands-on introductory flight-instruction, and even aerial support for professional and amateur photographers. Heloventure was born with that acquisition, with the duo respectively having 20 years of piloting experience and 10 years of hands-on mechanic experience and organizing lessons and instruction.

Since its start, the business has expanded from commercial flights to performing scenic tours by helicopter and airplane that grant stunning panoramic views of the Pacific Coast and Napa and Sonoma wine region, while Mt. St. Helena. Mt. Diablo. and Mt. Tamalpias rise high above the endless valleys. For passengers who want even more control in their sky travel, Heloventure's flight-instruction program grants its students ground instruction and flight time in either a Robinson R-44 chopper or in a fixed-wing airplane. As students learn to properly pilot their aircraft, they get a gleam of the forces that drive pilots to do what they do, and they learn the dangers of decorating one's home only from in-flight shopping magazines.

Customer Reviews

Great way to see Napa and Sonoma, the pilot was awesome and shared a lot of cool knowledge about the area.
Matt D. · February 18, 2014
Awesome, personalized trip! Would highly recommend
Ann R. · January 13, 2014
Great fun..a real adventure flying over the the vineyards and wineries of Sonoma and Napa. We flew over the Artesa winery which is hidden on a hill surrounded by a bowl like topography..really spectacular. Though we have been going through this area for 35+ years we never knew this winery was there. After the flight we drove right to it and now have another delightful wine country treasure to visit from time to time. The helicopter flight was a fun and revealing adventure.
James N. · December 29, 2013

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