Cody Butler came flying with us on the weekend from Schultes Meat Tavern. Cody has a passion for flying so we gave him a look around the helicopter and he helped us refuel for the trip home. Thanks Cody.
Because of Santa’s very busy schedule this time of year and the need to keep his reindeer rested for the big day, he had to borrow a Pterodactyl Helicopter to make a special delivery to Warrego Wines for the Christmas parties happening there on Sunday.
It is a little known fact that even though Santa is very experienced in flying reindeer he is also a very accomplished Helicopter Pilot. So with his log book and license in hand he asked Captain Mike if he could use one of his choppers for a couple of hours. “Why not” was the reply, but as coincidence would have it we had a job to deliver Dulcie Toohey, who turns 80 this year, to a party also at Warrego Wines. So we asked Santa could he pick her up on the way.
So with the weather looming Santa made his way in the Bell 47 to Daniels Park at the end of Chermside Road landed and picked up Dulcie. What a hoot, being flown to her birthday party not only in a helicopter but by Santa himself. For those lucky enough to live on Chermside road, it’s not every day you would get to see Santa landing in a chopper, hopping out, loading up a passenger then heading off again.
After a quick circuit of the Ipswich CBD (I am sure so he could get familiar with the surroundings before his big visit) Santa made his way along the Warrego Highway to Warrego wines where he was greeted by tons of very excited children. With a storm closing in Santa handed out gifts and then quickly made his way back to the hanger so he could get back to the North Pole to get ready for Christmas.
So kids, be very good because you never know when Santa will be flying overhead.
We have just added the 9th Jan2011 and 16th Jan 2011 to the flight dates for the somerset Dam Scenic flights. These would make an excellent xmas present for someone who has done everything.
HELICOPTER SCENIC FLIGHTS around LAKE SOMERSET from Kilcoy Farm Stay
Flights from $180 per person depending on numbers
Bookings are essential as we require minimum numbers.
This is an experience not to be missed. Come and see the breathtaking and panoramic views of Lake Somerset from a helicopter.
Flights depart from The Kiloy Farm Stay homestead down to the Somerset Dam wall then up the eastern side of the lake back to the homestead.
The Dam is full and with the recent rain the landscape is absolutely beautiful.
Fabulous opportunity for pre Christmas gifts.
Limited dates and seats available.
Sunday 5th Dec. 2010
Sunday 12th Dec. 2010
Sunday 9th Jan. 2011
Sunday 16th Jan. 2011
Approximate flight time 17mins. Phone 3201 0005 for bookings. Minimum passenger numbers apply.
We are running Wild Rivers flights while the rivers are in full flood. It’s a very small window of opportunity so we think it’s something quite special.
We fly over Colleges Crossing, Mt Crosby Weir, along the rivers over Kholo Bridge, Lake Manchester, Savages Crossing and Wivenhoe Dam wall.
It is fantastic, The picture shows one perspective but from the air you see the whole river in flood. “The amazing thing is the difference between what it’s like now and what it’s like normally.
The power of water when it’s in flood is the most impressive thing, especially when you see the speed it travels. But the most outstanding thing was the power of water coming out of that dam.
Seqwater said five gates at Wivenhoe Dam would stay open this weekend with a release volume of 130,000 mega litres per day. Releases from Wivenhoe are expected to continue to at least Monday.
The Weather Channel said an abnormal clash of weather systems caused eastern Australia to be dumped by heavy rainfall but was likely to clear for the weekend.
A one-hour Wild River flight costs $580 we can take 2 passengers for this price with a maximum passenger weight of 130kg.
We have just introduced a new Robinson R44 to our fleet. This helicopter is particularly suited to longer flights due to its 110 Kt cruise speed and it can do this carrying up to 3 passengers. We use the R44 for our wine, breakfast and scenic tours.
For the specs of our newest helicopter, please see our Robinson R44 spec page.