BELL 206L LONGRANGER
WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF VIP TRANSPORT
We operate Bell 206L LongRangers configured to carry up to six passengers plus pilot. The aircraft are all based with the Spitfires at Goodwood Aerodrome. When not providing our passengers with the best possible viewing platform for Spitfire photography, they are chartered for VIP transport duties at events like Royal Ascot and Cowes Week.
Power comes from one of Rolls-Royce's best-selling engines the M250 turbine, a proven and reliable power plant found in more than 170 models of civilian and military aircraft. More than 220 million flight hours have been logged on this model to date, with over 16,000 of the turbines in service worldwide.
- Manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Textron of Canada
- Max. Power: 650 hp on take-off, 501 hp continuous
- Cruise Speed: 110 knots
- Maximum Take-Off Weight: 1,882 kg
- Rate of Climb: 1,350 ft/min
- Service Ceiling: 13,500 ft
- Range: 340 nm
The helicopters are operated by Elite Helicopters under their Air Operator's Certificate (AOC GB2055). One of the UK's major helicopter operators they were established in 1995 and have had a permanent base at Goodwood since 2001.
From helicopter charter to flying training and heliport operations, they are true experts in the field of rotary operations, and provider of helicopter services at all major Goodwood events including at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Revival and all the major race meets.
As you can see to the right it's the helicopter of choice for everyone at Goodwood, even the Hollywood A-list!
CHOOSE YOUR SEAT
The ultimate view, up-front, next to the pilot. You don't just get the panoramic view on all sides, but even perspex below you for a chance to see the Spitfire pass between your feet.
For the aviation fanatic this seat affords un unparalleled experience and a truly astonishing sensation of flight that you'll never forget. And you're right next to the pilot to witness their formidable flying skills firsthand.
The perfect place for the amateur photographer, each pair of window seats share a fully opening photographic window, so you donate need to shoot through perspex.
Whether front- or rear-facing you are in for a real treat in a window seat! Whilst some will see the Spitfire approach as it joins the formation, others get a great view of 'the break' as it banks sharply and peels off.
Our most affordable option, making a Spitfire flight experience more affordable than ever before. Positioned in the centre of the helicopter it affords great views of the Spitfire whichever side of the aircraft it is on.
Please note this seat is heigh restricted by an internal bulkhead, and as such not recommended for those over 5ft10in - 178cm tall.