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Helicopter Tour Dubai sponsors F1 in Schools

Helicopter Tour Dubai is sponsoring the Lightspeed Tornadoes team from the JESS Jumeirah for the international F1 in Schools programme.

F1 in Schools is an international competition that challenges teams of school students to set up their own Formula 1TM team and run it as a mini-enterprise project. They are responsible for managing budgets, marketing and branding, sourcing sponsorship and designing, manufacturing and racing a miniature gas-powered balsa-wood Formula 1TM car. The UAE programme is based at Yas Marina Circuits F1 in Schools Centre of Excellence, which can be used as a learning resource by participating teams and also hired as a competition venue for internal school competitions.
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Premium air travel trends increases landing sites as helicopter travel demand soars

Helicopter Tour Dubai is planning to double the number of its helipads this year as demand for private and business helicopter hire increases.

Currently operating helipads at the Dubai World Trade Centre and the top of the Burj Al Arab the company has just added a third site at Port Rashid and is planning to add two more helipads in the city by the end of 2012.
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Final day at the Bahrain Formula One

It’s race day and the atmosphere at the track has been amazing. This morning as we were on our way to the helicopter to start the day we found ourselves standing next to the formidable Bernie Ecclestone as he made a visit to the media centre to talk to the press. He certainly commands attention, although we didn’t stay around to hear what he had to say.

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My career as a helicopter pilot

As the director of operations, Captain Andrew Masterson is responsible for a fleet of five helicopters and a team of seven pilots. Here is a brief look at how he got to where he is today.

1.How did you get into flying helicopters?
I have always had a fascination with helicopters and their remarkable versatility. However the opportunity to fly them didn’t come until I already had over 1800 fixed wing flying hours. (more…)

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Aerial shots of the Formula One Bahrain

In between filming the practice sessions and the qualifying heats we have also been up taking stills. Here is a selection of unofficial aerial views of the Formula One Bahrain from the helicopter. (more…)

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Arriving at the Formula One Bahrain

Leaving Dubai for the Formula One Bahrain on Wednesday morning with Roger Taylor, the engineer for the event, we flew to our first fuel stop of the journey just on the western region of the UAE. From here we flew to Doha where, 30 minutes in to the flight we encountered a particularly fierce shamal (sandstorm) which left us with low visibility for almost half an hour. The visibility was so low that at one point I was flying VFR over the ocean but decided that wasn’t sensible so I headed back to follow the shoreline at low level until the visibility cleared. (more…)

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