Cardiff City Heliport is kick-starting the Easter holidays by opening its doors to the public on Sunday 9th April, 11am – 5pm.
The Open Day will be helping to raise funds for Wales Air Ambulance, which recently introduced a fourth aircraft to its fleet and is based at the heliport. It is the charity’s first airbase in the Welsh capital, on Foreshore Road in Tremorfa.
Visitors will be able to see the Wales Air Ambulance helicopter on the day and meet some of the crew who are on standby for lifesaving missions across Wales, 365 days a year.
Hover Helicopters and Whizzard Helicopters, two operators who have also moved into the premises, will be on display and there will be a chance to speak with pilots about learning to fly.
Flights taking in the sights of Cardiff Bay and the city centre will be available for £39 per person, and visitors have the chance of winning two tickets in a raffle for a free helicopter ride.
Along with fly-ins from members of the Helicopter Club of Great Britain, there will be a range of aircraft for visitors to see.
Cardiff City Heliport Managing Director Roy Steptoe said: “Cardiff City Heliport provides a world class helicopter and passemger handling Facility for the Welsh capital, with stunning views over the Bay.
“The Open Day is perfect for anyone with an interest in helicopters, or families looking for a great day out over the school holidays. There’ll be refreshments throughout the day, free parking and we’re just a short drive from the city centre and Mermaid Quay.”
He added: “We’re thrilled to be raising funds for the Wales Air Ambulance Charity. The latest addition to their fleet is based here and is already making a vital difference to lives in Wales. We’ll be asking aircraft that are landing at the Heliport that day to make a donation to the charity in lieu of landing charges, and we have fantastic raffle prizes including a free helicopter flight.”
Wales Air Ambulance launched its fourth aircraft in 2016, making it the largest air ambulance charity in the UK. The Cardiff-based helicopter is dedicated to WAA’s vital transfer work and forms part of the charity’s specialist Children’s Wales Air Ambulance division, airlifting poorly infants and children to the specialist care they need.
Last year, WAA aircrews helped 397 children and babies on urgent inter-hospital transfers and emergency 999 calls across Wales.
Wales Air Ambulance relies on charitable donations to raise more £6.5 million every year to keep its helicopters flying over Wales.
Cardiff City Heliport is on Foreshore Road, CF10 4LZ. The Open Day runs from 11am-5pm on Sunday 9 April. Free admission. Flights and helicopter landings are subject to weather conditions on the day. For more information, visit Facebook.com/CardiffHeliport or contact the heliport on 02920 465880.
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