Helicharter Manston June 2005 - Simon Moores 27
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My first helicopter lesson and Stuart Okin is right, it’s addictive and the aircraft, so light to the touch, it makes me look quite ham-fisted
A local success story, Helicharter, based at the Manston Business Park, held an open-evening today with a BBQ and helicopter rides for visitors and a bouncy castle for anyone who didn’t fancy a quick spin around Thanet.
With eighteen helicopters, fourteen employees and a dozen freelance instructors, Managing Director, Gary Slater, tells me that Helicharter now operates across the UK as far a Edinburgh and the Open Golf Championships, logging over five and half thousand flying hours a year across a number of different assignments which include pipeline inspection, executive travel and regular pleasure flights into the heart of London, where it now has a heliport facility in Dagenham.
Slater comments that he has yet to see any real impact from the presence of EUjet at Manston but is hopeful that the airline presence will encourage other operators into the airport and with them, the opportunity of further developing the potential of Helicharter’s air taxi capability into London.
For the people of Thanet, Helicharter runs helicopter training and around 130 pleasure flights a year from Manston into London and around the Kent coast and they can be contacted on 01843 822555 or through email on their website at www.helicharter-uk.com
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