Sightseeing Helicopters Will Not Return With Full Service

Controversial plans to bring a James Bond-style sightseeing helicopter to the islands on August 11th have been called off.

The Slough-based company, Adventure 001, had operated a trial here in June but their Director Neil McLaren says there just wasn’t enough take-up to warrant bringing over the chopper again to St Mary’s.

It would cost around £500 to bring the helicopter over from the mainland and £100 a day to use the airport as a base.

During the recent trial, there were some objections on the grounds of noise and wildlife disturbance including a written information request from the RSPB.

The Town Hall Planning Dept received one written complaint about the plans and would have decided whether an environmental assessment was required.

Neil says his company are going to operate in St Ives this summer and they may be back on the islands, just not on St Mary’s. They are in discussions about operating flights as part of a special package deal with Tresco.