The official blog page for Waverider Helicopter Tours. Here you will see posts regarding updates, news, and all of the cool happenings of our San Diego helicopter tours, aerial photography, aerial survey, and charters.
Waverider Helicopter Tours was featured in our local Oceanside magazine, The Osider. Pick up a copy in various locations and businesses all around Oceanside. Zach Cordner, founder and creator of The Osider, has quite the portfolio. His magazine will be sure to entertain with great pictures and great articles. We are honored to be featured on the cover, with a full article on the inside! Pick up a copy today to see some cool pictures and read more about what is going on in Oceanside. For more information regarding Oceanside Tourism and things to do, check out Visit Oceanside.
Come check us out at Bel Vino Winery every Sunday for helicopter rides around Temecula Wine Country. Enjoy the day at Bel Vino with great wine, food, live music, views, and helicopter rides! The helicopter ride is 10 minutes long and will take you around the entire boundary of Temecula Wine Country to give you a unique perspective of the wineries and the beautiful surrounding landscape! We will be there from 11am until sunset. We look forward to flying with you and spending the day with you at Bel Vino!
Waverider Helicopter Tours is excited to announce the new merger with Big Blue Air Helicopters based out of Palm Springs to bring San Diego County helicopter charters. We look forward to flying you to all of the SoCal hot destinations, including Vegas! You will have a choice to fly in a luxurious five passenger A-Star helicopter (left above), or a luxurious three passenger Robinson R44 helicopter (right above). One of the most popular charters departing from Oceanside will likely be out to Catalina Island! However, wherever your heart desires, we will take you there! Stay tuned for the official helicopter charter launch in the very near future!
We partnered with Pedego Electric Bikes Carlsbad to offer a scenic three hour guided electric bike tour, including a 15 or 30 minute helicopter flight along the beautiful San Diego County Coastline! Experience this awesome opportunity to bike along the beaches of Carlsbad and Oceanside, then bike directly to the airport where the helicopter will be waiting for you! Enjoy the smooth and amazing helicopter ride as we travel along the coast at 500 feet from Oceanside to Carlsbad and back. After your helicopter flight, you and your tour guide will bike along the beaches of Oceanside and Carlsbad back to Pedego Electric Bikes Carlsbad!
Waverider Helicopter Tours is now offering helicopter rides over Temecula Wine Country and the surrounding valley! This is a great opportunity to see the wineries from the air, as well as the surrounding valley. The views of the wineries, various lakes, and surrounding mountains are beautiful! The helicopter tour departs from and returns to the French Valley Airport on select days. Feel free to bring a bottle of white wine or champagne to set the mood while flying over Temecula Wine Country!
Click here to check availability and to book a beautiful backcountry tour over Temecula Wine Country!
Looking for something romantic to do for Valentine's Day? Look no further! Book a helicopter tour with us for a romantic flight along the San Diego County coastline, or mix it up with one of our coastal/inland combo helicopter tours. Enjoy a private helicopter ride in our comfortable helicopter with leather seats, air conditioning/heat, and Bose noise-canceling headsets. Each couple will receive a flower upon arrival. Feel free to bring your own champagne or white wine to enjoy on your flight!
Sometimes you get more than what you paid for. In this case, two lucky passengers and Waverider Helicopter Tour's pilot and owner got a once in a lifetime view of the recent SpaceX rocket launch from 600 feet up in a helicopter! On the first Christmas Lights Tour of the night, just above the horizon rose an orange glow, and it wasn't Santa Clause streaking across the sky. The SpaceX Rocket was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, just north of Santa Barbara. The rocket carried 10 satellites for mobile voice and data communication support.
With tensions between the United States and North Korea, many people were worried it was a missile coming from North Korea. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk didn't help matters when he tweeted, "Nuclear alien UFO from North Korea." Luckily for all of the worried folks, it just ended up being an amazing spectacle showing the power of the private technological sector of our great Country!
What an amazing sight to see and you never know what you will see on a tour with us at Waverider Helicopter Tours!
Book a helicopter flight with Waverider Helicopter Tours to capture the beauty of San Diego! Let one of our experienced pilots take you up in our helicopter to get you in position for that perfect aerial view to accomplish your mission. The versatility of our helicopter allows us to remove any, or all doors to accommodate you in capturing a crystal clear, unobstructed view of your area of interest.
RATES FOR SAN DIEGO AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEO$600/HOUR
There is no minimum flight time for aerial service flights.
Time less than 1 hour will be pro-rated.
R44 time charged begins at engine-start and ends at engine-shutdown.
Four seats - Up to three passengers and your pilot.
One, or all doors can be removed.
Max speed up to 100kts with any or all doors removed.
Cameras and equipment must be securely stowed, or attached to photographer at all times.
A gimbal is highly recommended for video operations due to helicopter vibration.
Weight limit is 300lbs per seat (photographer+equipment).
Hovering operations - Depending on aircraft weight, wind, temperature, and altitude, our pilots can bring the helicopter to a full stop hover for a steady platform.
One of the most beautiful sights on the West Coast is watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. This is your once in a lifetime experience to rise above the sun as it sets below you and the horizon. Enjoy the breathtaking colors of the sky as the sun lights up the coastline on the first part of the flight, then gradually falls below the horizon on the way back to Oceanside!
Choose between a 30 minute or 40 minute flight. The 30 minute goes from Oceanside, along the shoreline to Del Mar Beach, then back up the shoreline to Oceanside. The 40 minute goes from Oceanside, along the shoreline to La Jolla Cove, then back up the shoreline to Oceanside.
Sure, you see Christmas lights every year...but have you ever seen them from the perspective of Santa and his reindeer?! Tired of driving around searching for all the Christmas lights? Get ready to be dazzled by the Christmas lights from the air as we fly over the beach towns between Oceanside, Solana Beach, and Rancho Santa Fe on this 30 minute Holiday helicopter adventure!
The Holiday Adventure begins when we pick you up in the airport parking lot on our blue golf cart decorated with pretty lights! Sit back and relax to the classic Holiday tunes as we take you down to the helicopter. We will take pictures with your cell phone or camera in front of the helicopter...I mean Santa's Sleigh. We will then go through a safety briefing, load up, then fire up the sleigh for lift off!
(Picture courtesy of Hayne Palmour IV)
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the Christmas tunes on your flight on Santa's Sleigh!