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Friday, June 1, 2007

Rotorcraft Report: Wales Helicharter Hopes to Soar on Tourism

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Helicharter Wales wants to make helicopter travel and the Welsh countryside available to everyone.

The company, which has been in business for three years, flies a Bell Helicopter Jet Ranger. In addition to transporting business executives between locations, the owner sees the tourism potential in showing off Wales’ castles from the air.

President Alison Belton chauffeurs wedding parties and spectators who want to see the Welsh countryside or coastland. Phill Hall-Davis, the company’s chief pilot, said Helicharter Wales is hoping to purchase a bigger aircraft. It has been looking at a twin-engine helicopter and is considering a Eurocopter AS355 Twin-Star or a BO105. The company flies about 100 pleasure flights a month; there has been interest in adding flights to Ireland.

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