As the Robinson R22 helicopter gracefully ascends above the Fulton County Airport, you'll begin to see things in metro Atlanta that you probably never noticed from the ground. Discovery flights at Atlanta Helicopters are good for just that: discovery. These half-hour aerial adventures provide lofty views of the city, and at one point during the flight, you'll have the chance to take over the controls instead of just sitting in the passenger seat yelling "Mush!" You can also explore the city and its landmarks from the clouds during Atlanta Helicopters' other flights, including tours that soar past the King and Queen towers, historic Stone Mountain, and the Chattahoochee River and Lake Lanier.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
safety is first, excitement and i will leave you wanting more.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
Dress comfortable, and show up for brief ground lesson and one hour flight.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
The best hobby Ever
What do you love most about your job?
The people i meet and the placing i go.
Ron Carroll's fascination with helicopters began in Vietnam, when the aircraft transported him and his fellow infantry through the jungles to the front lines. Two Purple Hearts, nearly 20 years, and a stint in the publishing industry later, Carroll happened upon a copy of Flying magazine and his interest quickly rekindled. He continued with flying lessons, deepening his desire to become a helicopter pilot.
Today, Carroll possesses a Gold Seal CFI certification from the Federal Aviation Administration and helms a team of three pilots with more than 25,000 combined hours of flight experience. With a fleet comprising Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters—as well as a TruFlite H flight simulator that lets aspiring pilots practice operating a helicopter while singing and without leaving the ground—the team has trained throngs of airmen, including Governor Sonny Perdue.
Seeing the city from a tall building isn't quite the same as seeing it from a moving helicopter with the full horizon spread out before you. Select Helicopters' pilots take people up in the air for a bird’s-eye view not just of the city, but of the all the region's wonders. You might soar over beautiful scenery on tours that cover Stone Mountain’s intricate carvings, or the blues and greens of Lake Lanier. With such breathtaking vistas, many people choose to celebrate a special event from above or chase the sun as it sets over the horizon on a custom tour. During those adventures, pilots can take you just to see just about anything from your favorite tourist spot to what' really going on in your neighbor’s backyard.
Ron Carroll rode in his first helicopter in 1966, when he served in the Vietnam War. It wasn't until nearly 20 years later that he first got to fly one, though. He fell in love immediately, and quickly obtained his commercial pilot's license through a company called Prestige Helicopters. Only one year after learning to fly, Ron got a call asking if he wanted to buy Prestige from its owner. He didn't hesitate.
Times changed, and Ron eventually sold Prestige, but he maintained his passion for the flying business. He started Blue Ridge Georgia Tours to combine his love of his home with the practice of flying. Now, he conducts scenic flyovers of the town and surrounding lakes, rivers, waterfalls, classified alien crash sites, and forested valleys, each lasting anywhere from eight minutes to an hour. He also trains the next generation of helicopter pilots to help them get their private and commercial pilot's licenses.