Inside, a buzz of activity greeted us. There were several helicopter companies and travel agencies spread across the small heliport’s lobby. The man at the Heli Air Monaco counter spoke English and confirmed our reservations. From his demeanor we had the impression that time was of the essence and we must hurry. After receiving boarding passes and clearing the heliport security scans, we boarded the modern looking helicopter. Almost without noticing, and moments after we clipped on our seat belts, we were soaring the Monaco skies.
Seeing Monaco from the air was fun. Although the sun was hiding for most of our flight, we could clearly see the densely built principality, manicured and distinguished. Right away we spotted the beautiful casino and the palace. Apartment buildings peppered the hilly terrain and in the background there was an attractive beach area. We remained high and always flew over the water instead of the town to gain a bird’s eye view of the coastline and the town. Before long our flight was ending and we were on our way back. The landing was gentle, almost unnoticeable and minutes later we arrived back at our ship to share our impressions with our fellow passengers and make plans for lunch.
About Our Pilot Our 42-year-old French pilot had 3400 flying hours of experience
Equipment Five Squirrels AS350, two Super Squirrels EC130 B4, one Squirrel AS 355 N, two Dolphins SA365,and one Dolphin EC155 B1.
Established In 1976
Flight Options Heli Air Monaco offered flights between Nice and Monaco, panoramic flights on the French Riviera, and private charters.
Handicapped Access Yes. Wheelchair had to be foldable
Helicopter Our flight 10-minute flight over Monaco was on a Squirrel AS350 single engine helicopter from Eurocopter. It seated five.
Manager Estelle Perez de Diego
Owned J. Crovetto
Pilot Jean Pierre Morlet