21st Birthday this year
Elite Helicopters was founded in the autumn of 1995 by Sharon and myself when an opportunity arose to establish a Helicopter Operation at White Waltham Airfield on the outskirts of Maidenhead in Berkshire. We started with just one JetRanger and a very small box office with just one room for two desks. Over the next six years we grew the fleet to five JetRangers and a LongRanger and specialised in providing flights and shuttle services to the major Special Events such as the Cheltenham Festival, Epsom Derby, Royal Ascot, and the British Grand Prix. Our British Grand Prix operation was the foundation on which we built the company and in 2004 we peaked with an amazing 630 passengers being transferred to Silverstone and then returned in the afternoon, we achieved this utilising some 15 helicopters and conducting the flights to and from a specially set up licensed heliport at Upper Aynho Grounds near Banbury.
In 2001 the Company took over both the Helicopter Charter Operation and Flight Training School at Goodwood Aerodrome from Stephenson Aviation and which later became our main base of operation and we have continued to grow our operational involvement with the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Revival and Glorious Goodwood (Qatar Festival).
The past 21 years have been a fantastic experience. I have grown old in my seat but I am very proud of what Sharon and I have achieved, not bad for a Council House Boy and an Essex Girl.
Thank you to all of our clients past and present for the faith and loyalty you have given us.