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Helicopter Tour Testimonial from Guest, Mohsin
Tour Date: 06/16/2014Testimony: Hi all, this time last year I was in LA for the holiday of our lifetime with my then girlfriend and now a year later my fiancée. We celebrated my birthday today and we have both remembered our day today that we jetted off in style from Orbic Air around LA. We'd like to give a special shout out and a thanks to Merlinda who took us and showed LA to us. Much love all the way from UK.
Helicopter Tour Testimonial from Guest, Dennis
Tour Date: 01/22/2015Testimony: We had a terrific flight with Brennan! Breath taking scenery! Could not have enjoyed it more. Worth every dime. We had flown ten years before with Orbic loved the second opportunity. Thank You ! We'll be back...
Helicopter Tour Testimonial from Guest, Barbara
Tour Date: 03/18/2015Testimony: We celebrated a birthday by experiencing a helicopter flight, over Los Angeles and the coastline, as it was a bucket list item for both of us. Being in a helicopter provided a very different, and exciting, experience than flying over the City of Angels in a plane. Merlinda, our pilot, was knowledgeable and a lot of fun. She made our experience very memorable, and helped me keep special surprises a secret from the birthday boy. We landed atop a building in downtown L.A., shared some champagne and enjoyed the beautiful skyline as it lit up. The trip was amazing from start to finish!
Helicopter Tour Testimonial from Guests, Bob and Kendal
Tour Date: 01/07/2015
Testimony: I can't say enough good things about our pilot, Merlinda. Her piloting skills are exceptional and she is a fantastic "guide." She's very professional and does an outstanding job. When chartering a helicopter by all means ask for her. Thanks Merlinda, you were a part of us making memories! Truly, Bob & Kendal Chandler
Helicopter Tour Testimonial from Guest, Karl
Tour Date: 10/05/2014
Testimony: I just want to say a massive THANK YOU to all at Orbic Air. Myself and my girlfriend traveled for a holiday to LA, and I thought it would be the perfect place to propose. After researching options online I found Orbic Air and contacted them via email. They were so excited that I wanted to propose to my girlfriend during their helicopter tour and gave me advice on the different tours available. I decided that the evening tour would be best with a view of the sunset over the Santa Monica mountains. On the way I realized that we were going to arrive late and had accepted the fact that the tour would be cut short, however on our arrival the staff were amazing, and in no way penalized us for being late. As it was a complete surprise for my girlfriend the staff were so discrete, which was very much appreciated. The tour itself was an amazing opportunity to see a birds-eye view of LA and our pilot was so knowledgeable of the area, we definitely saw more than we would see on general bus tour. Once we flew over the Santa Monica mountains I knew the time was near and my heart started beating quicker. However, Merlinda was so relaxed and asked if we wanted to land on the mountain for a while because it was the last flight of the day (even though it was planned) my girlfriend was so taken back. Once we landed on the mountain the view was breathtaking, overlooking Malibu beach and the Pacific ocean. The pilot discretely asked if I would like her to record the moment on my camcorder which was amazing, I asked my girlfriend to marry me and she said yes! I now have a priceless video of the moment thanks to the Merlinda. Following this we had a beautiful private picnic and champagne at a picnic table watching the sunset for approx 45 minutes, it was perfect. The pilot then came back and took photos on our camera before we returned to the helicopter. We would both highly recommend Orbic Air for an amazing helicopter tour but particularly for a surprise for someone special. Thank you.
Helicopter Flight Testimonial from Student, Mike
Where do I begin...with Merlinda!In the Army I had several helicopter warrant officer instuctors for my 120 hours of flying and an
other 55 hours flying Cessnas and Merlinda wins the trophy for being the most calming,confident instructor I have ever had.It is amazing that someone so young possesses those skills as a teacher.You are lucky to have her.I had not flown a helicopter in 49 years...geez!But it was a great time.Thanks Merlinda!
Helicopter Tour Testimonial from Guests, Maurice & Shauni
Thank for the amazing ride. Please find the attached photos from our trip. Thanks
Maurice & Shauni
Helicopter Tour Testimonial from Guests, Ari & Kim
Tour Date: 09/13/2014
Testimony: This is an awesome anniversary treat! My wife and I saw everything L.A. had to offer and so much more. I was smiling the entire time. Dave was perfect making sure we saw all the amazing sights. If you've lived in L.A. your whole life and been in the traffic, this will give you an whole new perspective! From the Hollywood sign to Malibu it was the best anniversary treat ever!
Helicopter Tour Testimonial from Guest, Torri
Tour Date: 5/4/2014
Thank you Orbic Air, we couldn't have had a better time!! Merlinda was an amazing pilot and your guide. We have already told all of our friends that a helicopter ride with Orbic Air is an absolute must have experience!!
Helicopter Tour Testimonial from Guest, Mark
Tour Date: 05/09/2014
The entire team at Orbic Air did an unreal job of making my proposal a fantastic event! From planning, staging, and gracefully handling an unwilling to fly girlfriend (scared to death), to fantastic and memorable pictures. Our pilot Brennon was unbelievably knowledgeable about the sites and provided over-the-top service for a simply unforgettable experience. Whether you are looking for a fantastic tour or a special event, look no further than Orbic Air. You can't go wrong with this group. Thank you again to everyone at Orbic Air.
Helicopter Tour Testimonial from Guest, Jeff
Tour Date: 04/14/2014
Wow what an experience! First and foremost I noticed that the team at Orbicair offered great customer service and were the ONLY company that replied to my initial email query and were able to accommodate my flight on short notice.
Arly was able to assist with my reservation and took the time to run me through the different flights
Brennan my pilot on the day genuinely loved his job and this showed with his enthusiasm and knowledge throughout the whole flight.
I would recommend Orbicair to anyone looking for a better LA experience
forget the bus tours and go straight to the helitour !
Jeff - Sydney Australia
- Helicopter Tour Testimonial from Guests, Rafael and Briane We had an awesome valentines, my hunny showed me a beautiful view. Thanks orbic air we will be back soon for a flight with friends!
Helicopter Tour Testimonial from Guests, Marlon & Nathalie
To Everyone at Orbic Air,
Thank you for the amazing flight around LA area! Best customer service ever. Special thanks to our pilot Dave, not only did he knew his stuff but he was an amazing tour guide and a great host during our mountain top landing. You guys made our engagement all the more special! Hope to see you guys soon!
Marlon & Nathalie
Helicopter Tour Testimonial from Guests, Giorgio and Veronica
Thanks to everybody @orbicair, Veronica and I had an Amazing experience!
The pilot, Brennan was really professional and nice during the flight, giving us an oustanding service.
I'll surely recommend your Company for this stunning experience!
Helicopter Tour Testimonial from Guests, Garrett & Marisa
Tour Date: 11/09/2013
@OrbicAir is AWESOME!! Everyone involved helped make my proposal the most memorable experience for the both of us. Dave, our pilot, was very reassuring and professional. I can't say enough about the entire experience. A+ Worth every penny!
Helicopter Tour Testimonial from Guest, Lisamar
My family and I didn't actually take a tour with OrbicAir, but I wanted to write a testimonial to the awesome hospitality shown to us by helicopter pilot Brennan Reilly. My husband surprised me for Mother's Day by taking me to eat at Typhoon at the Santa Monica Airport, and it was also my 2yr old son's first time to an airfield where he could see planes up close. Seeing my son's excitement, Brennan offered to show us his helicopter while his guests dined inside. Needless to say, my son was in heaven! My son got to see the helicopter up close and even touch it but was too scared to sit in the seat so he just clung to daddy and enjoyed the sight! We had never heard of OrbicAir, but if all the staff are as friendly,kind and selfless as Brennan we may just have to take a tour one of these days! Thanks again Brennan for making all of our day!
Helicopter Tour Testimonial from Guest, Shirley
Enjoyed the tour so, so, much. I've been telling all my friends. My Pilot was terrific, I felt very secure with him. He was well informed on his itinerary and we had great aerial views, a very clear lovely day. It was quite a thrill for my Birthday.
Thank you again,
Helicopter Tour Testimonial from Guest, Nicolae
Tour Date: 07/13/2013
Great experience, flying over LA and across, with my wife and my daughter. Super professional pilot, absolutely recommendable.
Helicopter Tour Testimonial from Guest, Michelle
Tour Date: 09/23/2013
This was my first helicopter tour and I loved it. It was a birthday present for my husband and he was very happy! This company is very professional and I highly recommend them. I felt very comforted by the pilot and the staff is great!
Helicopter Tour Testimonial from Guest, Darren P.
The helicopter tour was a very personal service, value for money, customer service from the staff was excellent.
The pilot which flew me and my partner Steve was fabulous. Our helicopter ride started when Merlinda Salas picked us up from our hotel L'Ermitage in Beverly Hills in the Orbic Air people carrier car. The service that Merlinda provided us was absolutely outstanding and was a highlight of our trip, we were discussing in the vehicle where we lived in England, and where we had been on holiday and even Politics.
I would certainly recommmend Orbic Air to friends as they gave an all round truly memorable experience.
Please could you convey our thanks to Merlinda & our pilot as they were very professional and they service that we received was amazing.
Many thanks once again
Helicopter Tour Testimonial from Guest, Daniel
Tour Date: 02/14/2014
Thank you Orbicair for an awesome experience. I was looking for a unique valentine surprise for my wife and I started calling other air companies but no one had anymore flights available so I called Orbic air! They said they had the most helicopters and that they had a flight for the time I wanted which saved my day! When we came into Orbic air, We were taken to a nice room with a table that had romantic music, rose leaves on the table, champagne and a cake with strawberry which really surprised my wife! All the staff was really nice and friendly and made us feel like home. After waiting for a while our pilot came up to us and introduced herself, she was super nice and friendly too! They took us on a little golf cart to the helicopter, took our picture and took us flying! My wife was pretty scared at first but when our pilot starting flying it was smoother then driving a car. The view was amazing, my wife loved every moment and I was happy with the experience we had!
Thank you all at Orbicair for making this special day so amazing! I will definitely recommend you to my friends and family!
Helicopter Tour Testimonial from Guest, Candice
Tour Date: 11/16/2014
Testimony: My two adult children and I took the Ultimate Tour and had a blast! Our pilot was great -- she was professional yet so friendly that we liked her right away. It was a windy day when we took off from Van Nuys Airport but the little bit of turbulence didn't bother us, and when we got up over the mountains it was very smooth. I'd definitely recommend them!
Helicopter Tour Testimonial from Guest, Aug G.
Tour: Orbic Air Helicopter Tour (Ultimate Tour) 45 minutes
If you want to fully experience the sheer size of Los Angeles, a helicopter tour is worth every dime. The Ultimate Tour offers exactly what it offers and runs for approximately 45 minutes, it is said to be one of the most popular scenic tours. The experience begins at Van Nuys Airport located in San Fernando Valley and is one of the busiest general aviation airports in the world. As soon as you walk in the office the receptionist greets you very warmly. As you wait for your flight in the lounge area you are offered complimentary coffee and fruits. We had a knowledgeable and friendly female pilot who explained all the locations well and also gave fun facts.
We had a smooth flight and we all felt very safe. The experince was amazing and will stay with us for our lifetime.
Thank you to every one of you at Orbic Air!
Helicopter Tour Testimonial from Guest Ginnie D
Thank you soooo much for a fabulous helicopter tour. I flew with my daughter Mary and your helicopter pilot Dave on April 18th. The trip was part of Yahoo’s Ultimate Surprise, and it certainly was!
Not only was it my first helicopter ride, it was absolutely beautiful.
Dave took us all over LA and up the coast to Malibu, ending at Saddlerock Ranch for an even bigger surprise. Mary’s engagement!
Dave was so kind and knowledgeable about the whole area and showed us so many great spots. He was sure to point out anything of interest…..
Everyone at Orbic was so gracious. You made my experience everything I could ever have imagined!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!
Helicopter Tour Testimonial from Guests, Jim and Deandrea
Tour Date: 06/21/2013
We enjoyed the flight. The views were amazing. We grew up in Hollywood and seeing it from the sky was so exciting. Our pilot, Merlinda, was terrific. Can't wait to fly with you again!
Helicopter Tour Testimonial from Guest, Ted
Tour Date: 06/26/2013
I surprised my wife for our anniversary with an arial tour of LA and a toast on a hilltop overlooking Malibu. Orbic Air arranged it and accomplished it all beautifully. Our pilot, Dave, could not have been more friendly, informative or charming. From the moment of our arrival at their beautiful offices until we returned to Van Nuys airport, we were literally swept away in a fabulous treat that made our 42nd wedding anniversary unforgetable.
Helicopter Tour Testimonial from Guest, John
Tour Date: 06/10/2013
Testimony: First of all we had the coolest pilot in the world as she was wearing Converse !!! Orbic themselves were great with polite and helpful staff, the tour was great and we saw lots of sights above the dreaded freeways, the pilot knew her stuff and was full of useful information and most important gosssip! I would recommend these guys to anyone that was thinking of taking a heli tour,... just remeber she wears CONVERSE !!!! :-)
- Helicopter Tour Testimonial from Guest, Bob R. I had a fantastic time! Really enjoyed the demo/ride and I learned quite a bit. I'll be visiting again soon, Thank You, Bob
- Orbic Air's Student, Weston Gleave shares another practice solo flight.
- Orbic Air's Student, Weston Gleave shares a few of his solo flights!
Choosing to complete my flight training with Orbic Air was one of the best decisions I have made. Having flown with instructors from other schools in Southern California, I was immediately impressed with the level of flight instruction Orbic provided. The instructors are experienced, knowledgeable, and very dedicated to helping students achieve their goals. Moreover, the entire staff is courteous and accommodating from the time you walk in the door, to the day you pass your FAA exam. If you are interested in learning how to fly, whether for pleasure or a career, look no further than Orbic Air. This is the way flight training should be.
After visiting the various schools around the Los Angeles area, I was not very happy and then I was referred to Orbic and found my school of choice. Their well maintained aircraft, friendly staff and very professional instructors, made my decision to go to this school very easy. I took Orbic's ground class, and found it very helpful. The instructor starts off with the basics and teaches you everything you need to know from Private to Commercial ground instruction. I was very impressed with the instructors' knowledge, the upkeep of the school, and the personalized service that I got from everyone.
I started my training with another school. When I made the switch to Orbic, I found them extremely knowledgeable, approachable, and personable. Instead of pointing to a diagram in a textbook, my instructor gave me hands-on, real-life experience. In addition to one-on-one instruction, I also found the group ground class to be really beneficial because I learned from others' questions and had the opportunity to explain things to other students. Orbic's emphasis on advanced instructor training and review helped me build confidence in my own ability to handle the challenges of flying safely in LA's complicated airspace.
I started my helicopter flight training at another FBO. I already had a fixed wing license, but after about 8 hours of helicopter instruction, it became quite apparent that I was this instructor's first student. He couldn't answer most of my questions without looking up answers, and he was afraid to allow me to handle the controls much of the time. It became a frustrating, wasted process of instruction.
When a friend saw how frustrated I was, he asked me why I wasn't training at Orbic Air. It was a whole difference experience. The instructor was so knowledgeable, such a good pilot and more importantly he was caliming and reassuring. I was hooked. I never went back to the other place. The difference was night and day. I felt like I was learning much more and much faster. The instructor was able to communicate so that things made sense to me. I understood why they were important and how they affected flight. He allowed me to learn from making little mistakes but knew just when to take control to stop me from getting into trouble. All the staff and instructors are very friendly, courteous, cheerful, help each other out and it's a pleasure to be at the well kept facility.
Since becoming licensed a year ago, I remain a regular rental client at Orbic Air. Renting from them is a simple smooth process and easy to schedule on line. Their block time renatl rate is very competitive. If my friend hadn't turned me on to Orbic Air, I might have quit training out of frustration with the other FBO facility. That would have been too bad, because as challenging as it was, the freedom of flying helicopters is the most fun I've ever had.
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UnBeGleaveable: First Helicopter Passenger Ride from Weston Gleave on Vimeo.
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- Orbic Air's student, Weston Gleave shares a few of his solo flights!