of Doi Saket from the helicopter
is spectacular but not for the faint of heart.
reservoir looks beautiful in the clear weather of the cool season.
found the helicopter ride exhiliarating!
Chiang Mai Mail
Chiang Mai has a new attraction.The AA Division
Helicopter Service is now offering a helicopter charter service.
The terminal and head office is located about 2 km from
the Big C supermarket in the Hang Dong area and lucky Chiang Mai residents
took the virgin flight of the service on November 9. Wuttipong Arayatumsopon,
Ongkarn “JOJO” Chaiongkarn, Rapeepun Suonsomjit, Mom Luang Preyapun
Sridhavat the Honorary Consul of Peru, Thai News Journalist Khun Joe and Dr.
Dirk Weeber Arayatumsopon. Dr. Dirk, who invited the guests and sponsored
the flight with his Podology Center Clinics Bangkok – Chiang Mai, told the
Chiang Mai Mail that he has been fascinated by helicopters since he flew
first with a helicopter this year in Las Vegas, USA.
When he read about the new service, he said he was sure
that he wanted to make the very ever first flight with good friends. ”Not
all of my friends have the nerve to make a helicopter flight.” So he chose a
small group of good friends – and all had great fun.
Reaching 5000 feet, the group first flew towards San
Khampaeng - San Sai. After that they headed to Doi Saket and the reservoir.
The next destinations were the mountains and forests of Chiang Mai. Before
the sunset, the final destination was Mae Rim’s Four Season Hotel where the
landing took place the group left the helicopter to a fabulous sunset
The helicopters of AA Division have a maximum speed of
140 Air Knots which is about 245 km per hour. The range of the helicopter is
about 800 km and they have space for 4 people in the rear and 2 passengers
in the front plus the pilot.
A one hour trip is costly, at 95,000 baht and not for
those afraid of heights as it’s quite exhilarating, Dr. Dirk reported, but,
he added, “well worth it!” (Photos by Dirk Weeber-Arayatumsopon)