Flying High

teaser hangar

I was invited by the good people at Heineken to go on a helicopter ride on Saturday morning. I went and picked Cheesie up (got horribly lost despite Google Maps) and managed to find our way to Subang Airport. The place where we took off is Eurocopter, which has a fleet of helicopters.

chopper controls

The place is loaded with those newfangled choppers with protected tail rotors. We went on the HH-65 Dolphin, which is the same helicopter used by the US Coast Guard. I’ve been on a Bell 206 before (very common in Sarawak, for all the wrong reasons – they keep crashing) but never a state of the art helicopter.

hangar

We waited at the lounge for the briefing at 10:30 am and nature called so I went up to use their washroom – and found an excellent photo op from above the hangar. Not 5 minutes later, security personnel told us that photos are not halal/kosher in this high security area. Naturally, being bloggers, we said yes, okay, and promptly resumed our shutter activities once he’s gone. ;)

cheesie

Anyway, after the briefing, we were up in the air. It was a 30 minute helicopter ride passing KL City and Batu Caves before heading back.

Here’s the teaser video.

teaser

The full experience report will be up tomorrow. I have a couple of work related stuff to finish tonight before I head off to bed. It was a lot of fun – I spotted my condo and Rin spotted hers as well. Thanks Heineken! :)

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51 thoughts on “Flying High”

  1. KY: Fun helicopter ride. I’ve never done that in KL, just in Sarawak. :)
    YH: Yah, it was a lot of fun. I could see my condo from up top. :)
    Yatz: It was a lot of fun. Come, let’s go skydiving! :)
    hitomi: Nope, this is the first post. Complete full report up tomorrow. :)

  2. you are so lucky to have a go on those copters.. i mean it really cost a bomb to ride on those transport… u did get a “helicopter view” (pun intended) of kl indeed…

  3. wow lucky you big guy, looks like a lot of fun. thanks for posting the videos kl is a beautiful city.
    btw did you spot your apartment building from above?

  4. shadowking: The liaison at Eurocopter told us a guy hung a huge banner on some building and proposed to the girl on the helicopter ride just as it came into view. Pretty much worth the 3.5k, me thinks. :)
    cindy: It’s the primary mode of transport in Sarawak to the interior, where there are no runways for planes, even small ones. :)
    shaoweii: Haha! It’s usually “sixthseal.com – where we always lead the wild into the ways of the man” but I’ve used that too much so have been refraining lately. Hey, actually come to think of it, I DID say that, you just can’t hear me over the roar of the rotors. :)
    Tan Yee Hou: LOL! Great idea, but that would decrease my lifespan significantly. ;)
    Tian Chad: Yup, good of them folks to let us go on the ride. :)
    WEEN: Cheers buddy. It was a bit smoggy that day, but I’ve seen worse. We have a very high API (Air Pollutant Index) here.
    Yeah, I managed to spot my condo too. :)
    Vickie: That’s great! Helicopter rides usually cost an arm and a leg. Both times I went over here were sponsored although the first time was work related. :)

  5. how to strangle yourself with a ligature?
    how do i make sure the knot stays tight after i pass out if its not a suspension or partial suspension hanging? what kind of knot do i use?

  6. im planing on just using a hangmans knot and lyning in bed and tighting it it might come loose thou? i cant use a belt i dont own 1 cant afford 1 it would be great to use my shirt sleeve how do i do that?

  7. pamsong: Yeah, it was a lot of fun! :)
    tom robinson: You don’t need to fly one. It’s piloted so just relax and enjoy the scenery. :)
    Myhorng: RM 3,500 for one hour, I heard from the guy operating the place.
    pm: Erm…I dunno. I’m not into autoerotism.

  8. pm: Hmm…sounds like a bad way to go to me.
    ruby: Work. I used to be a Systems Engineer in a surveillance company and we had to do a remote installation once. :)
    Jade Zheng: Yeah, it was damn fun! :)
    ShaolinTiger: The place also caters for private planes – saw a couple of civilians fly a Cessna (could hear the radio chatter from my headphones).
    shadowking: Hey, maybe in the near future. Love comes when you least expect it. :)
    vvens: Yeah, thanks to Heineken and Nuffnang. :)

  9. Let me tell you
    Love doesnt work like that for me :(
    There is nobody i am interested in and there is nobody interested in me…
    and girls just dont fall down from heaven… or do they?

  10. shadowking: Keep the faith, like the Bon Jovi song. If you lose hope, there’s nothing to live for. Nietzsche said “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how”. :)

  11. Huai bin: well i have something to live for, but right now it is definitly not love
    and i cant really see myself with a girlfriend at the moment
    dunno why
    well yeah people say “hope springs eternal”
    (i searched for that one in a dicteonary, but i like the german version more word by word it would be translated as “hope dies last”)

  12. eiling: Yeah, it would be fun right?
    pm: It’s smog – KL is one of the more polluted cities in the world.
    shadowking: That’s good to hear mate. Having something to live for…
    I’m glad for you. :)

  13. shadowking: Heh! I wasn’t being sarcastic. I am a bit of a hopeless romantic and though I like to protray myself as a cynic, deep down I truly believe in the inherant good nature of people. OMG!

  14. pm: Hmm…I don’t know, it looks pretty clean to me. I’m not a good judge of cleanliness though coz I’m a rather messy person myself. :)

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