During the half an hour sightseeing flight, which was so much fun it seemed to last only minutes, our altitude was 5,300 feet. We flew over Johannesburg city center, Gold Reef City, Soweto, Sandton, Rosebank and back to Lanseria. Although the bumpy flight and hazy weather made photography challenging, we enjoyed good viewing. We paid close attention to Alistair’s explanations of the sites. A brief distraction and the landmark he mentioned would be behind us. During the flight we became familiar with the overall layout of the city including areas and landmarks we had visited or heard of such as Four Ways Mall, the Montecasino Complex and the remaining old gold sites. This bird’s eye view gave us an appreciation of how large, populated with houses and low buildings (except for the downtown area there are few tall buildings) and spread out Johannesburg is. It also allowed us to see parts of the city that due to time constraints, safety or choice we would not visit by other means. It was a fun way to spend the morning in the not-so-touristy Johannesburg.
About Our Pilot Alistair had 10 years of flying experience during which he had logged more than 5,000 flying hours. Prior to working with MCC Aviation, he had been a pilot for the Midrand Town Council. He also worked as a freelance pilot and for the National Airway Corporation.
Equipment MCC had five helicopters and two Lear jets available for charter flights including Bell Longranger 4, Bell 407, AS 3509 Squirrel, Bell Jetranger 3, Agusta 109K2 (twin), HS125 and a Gulfstream II.
Flight Options Panoramic flights were custom designed for each guest group. There were no set flights.
Handicapped Access No
Helicopter We flew on a 1992 five-seat AS350B Eurocopter Squirrel
Manager Dustyn Geldenhuis
Owned Mike Barnes, MCC Group of Companies
Pilot Alistair Brown
Reviewers Article by Elena del Valle
Photographs by Gary Cox
Would You Fly With Them Again? Yes
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