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HOme The Team SEALION CONTACT  D DAY AIR/LAND SWISS ALPS

' Quit looking so worried, General, we'll take care of this thing for you.'

President Eisenhower recalling his conversation with a paratrooper about to emplane on the evening before D Day.

 

EASY GUIDE  TO SKY TOURS AIRCRAFT

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PLANES AND PRICES 2016 SEASON

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Birthday boy ready for take off and all clandestinely organised with British Sky Tours by his wife, Sarah!

 

A FEW TIPS

IF YOU ARE CONTEMPLATING A SKY TOUR.....

 

We always suggest that, if at all possible, you form a group of family or friends. This gives you the best deal per person. We always quote before you book a tour. Our tour prices are all inclusive for your whole group. We cannot sell individual tickets by law - in a nutshell, we are not an airline.

How do we work out the cost of your tour?

For a sky tour we need a car with a chauffeur to bring you to the airfield, an aircraft with your sky guide, after landing another car with our French guide for the ground tour, plus the aircraft and that original chauffeur car to take you home afterwards - these ingredients are required for one passenger or eight.

Anyone can squash adults into a small aircraft but this is far from comfortable, not always pleasant on a hot or cloudy day, and in any case makes it difficult for all passengers to look simultaneously at places on the ground, let alone take photographs.

The aircraft we deploy have big windows. Everyone has a good view.

Our sky guide explains the D Day sites as you fly over each one.

Many families take our tours while visiting London. Our chauffeur, John, removes all the hassle from reaching an airport early in the morning and driving into a huge and busy city in the evening. North American families are welcome to ask John to meet them upon arrival in Britain. We put you in direct contact - may we stress that we and John have no financial connection whatsoever - you make the arrangements together. We are not involved unless you wish. John is a great chauffeur with very comfortable cars for up to six people with luggage.

Occasionally residents of Britain and visitors from Europe, indeed North Americans living over here, prefer to drive to and from the airfield in their own cars. This drops the cost of your tour because we no longer need send John to pick you up.

Please do bear in mind that if we stand down John, but you subsequently have second thoughts - it does happen - let us know as quickly as possible, so we can make sure he is available for your party.

Have a look at the aircraft below and try our D DAY/AIR LAND virtual tour - link at top of page - also Easy Schedules, link below

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WEATHER

Captain Glenn Heavens - yes - after a day in Normandy

We can fly in any weather but the tours are more fun when the sun shines. When planning your holiday, please allow a spare day in case the weather is really awful on the day planned for the trip. We have never postponed a trip, so far, but we are prudent organisers.

We monitor the weather all the time, from the Shetland Isles to the Swiss Alps.

On board all our aircraft everyone sits beside a large window and our pilots are experts at making sure every passenger has a good view of each site on the ground and plenty of time for taking photos.

 

SKY TOURS AIRCRAFT WITH 2016 TOUR PRICES

Ready for take-off at Maupertus Airport near Cherbourg. The passengers  are looking very relaxed after a day touring the D Day coast. There is plenty of space for luggage but you don't need to bring very much on a day tour.

By all means bring enough Euros or dollars for small purchases, such as gifts and souvenirs, but we purchase all your museum tickets and lunch in France.

Make sure you have charged batteries for cameras because there's a lot to photo both from the air and on the ground.

Again, should you prefer to make your own travel arrangements to and from the airfield, there is plenty of parking at Fairoaks and Shoreham Airports.

As another option, there is a fast train service from Victoria Station in London to Shoreham-by-Sea and we can arrange a taxi for the short ride from the station to the airport. The train ride from Victoria Station is about 80 minutes.

 

We fly from three airports - Fairoaks in Surrey about one hour by car from Central London and Shoreham-by-Sea in Sussex about 90 minutes from Central London by road or rail. More travel information below.

We can fly from Biggin Hill in Kent and other airfields but this does involve a charge for positioning - ferrying the aircraft from its home base to the other airfield.

Younger passengers are welcome to fly up front with the pilot - as indeed are parents.

We fly our Normandy Day Tours with Synergy Aviation based at Fairoaks Airport in Surrey and Sky Leisure based at Shoreham on the South Coast near Brighton.

Fairoaks lies approximately one hour, sometimes less, sometimes more depending on traffic, from Central London.

Shoreham is about 80 to 90 minutes from Central London but the journey is nearly all motorway with a dedicated exit for the small airport.

On take off we fly over Shoreham Harbour where you will see a landing craft that sailed from Shoreham - an important port for the summer 1944 invasion fleet - and landed assault troops on D Day.

Shoreham Airport - the station sits in the top left corner of the photo and the motorway is just a couple of hundred yards too far left to make the photo. The River Adur flows beside a long spit forming Shoreham Harbour before reaching the sea.

 

With almost twenty years experience behind our team we have learned that flying with a larger aircraft adds a proportionately small cost to the overall price - far outweighed by the comfort bonus. The American company directors in the photo - starting two days of studying D Day for management training - told us that Synergy Aviation's aircraft was the first comfortable ride they'd experienced since their arrival in Europe!

Your sky guide was just old enough to serve as a young paratrooper and then officer with many who jumped on D Day.

Our colleague in France comes from a family who lived in a village a couple of miles from the invasion beaches.

This summer our tours from Fairoaks have been extended a little. We found that clients want to spend more time on the ground in France and by adding another couple of hours you can see all the main sites at a more relaxed pace! 

Sky Leisure's Chieftain keeping historic company - left side photo, the tail of a rare Luftwaffe Me 109 just shows while two RAF Hurricane fighters occupy the top of the picture. Seventy years ago these aircraft fought over Shoreham during the Battle of Britain.

 

Keep in mind that when we say ' all inclusive ' we mean exactly that - car travel, flight, tour, meals, tickets for museums. There are no hidden extras, no taxes, no tips. What you see is what you're buying.  

 

These photos show the spacious cabin and large windows of Synergy Aviation's very smart Chieftain.

Have a look at our tours with an overnight stay in Normandy. Not only can we show your more on the ground but the aerial part of the tour is far more wide ranging.

Courseulles-sur-Mer along Juno Beach where the Canadians landed despite stiff resistance.

The largest aircraft that we deploy on sky tours is the King Air operated by Synergy Aviation. She is faster than most light aircraft and will take seven people plus sky guide with great comfort. Because the Channel crossing is quick that allows longer over the landing grounds and famous sites - such as Omaha Beach and the Pointe du Hoc. The photos above and below give an idea of the superb vision for following your sky guide's commentary while taking your snapshots. 

 

Synergy's King Air has very comfortable seats. Tall people feel very much at home. Flying with the King Air makes the cost of your remarkable day 6500 but that includes everything door-to-door for seven people. This cost falls to 6250 should you not opt for pick-up by our chauffeur and make your own way to Fairoaks Airfield. Many top London hotels have their own limousine services.

We do not charge your meals and museum tickets as extras, which makes quite a difference when seven people are taking a tour. With seven people touring that's worth hundreds on top of the quoted price. We always include lunch. Whoever heard of going to France and skipping lunch? After all, the French invented lunch.  Not to mention that our French colleague, Vanessa, is a National Guide with two university degrees and an expert on D Day who grew up just inland of Juno and Gold Beaches. She's also worked at the Arromanches and Caen Museums.

Vanessa brings the French dimension to your tour. She's extremely knowledgeable about D day and Normandy. She knows not only where to lunch but where to buy the finest cheeses and calvados! She's also a very capable and safe driver. She studied English at university with part of the course in Ireland. So no language problems and two guides for the price of one - because your sky guide stays with you all day - although Adrian regards Vanessa as an impressive expert on D Day and Normandy, including Mont Saint Michel, Caen, Honfleur, the cheese countryside and many other charming places.

We can land you in Normandy after your air tour and Vanessa will guide and drive you to a hotel at a local resort - such as Mont Saint Michel - but this does involve the cost of our aircraft returning to base in England. 

We offer you only the best.

 

The Mulberry Harbour off Arromanches along Gold Beach

 

The American Cemetery above Omaha Beach on the 4 July

Molly aged six enjoys the big windows while flying over Sir Winston Churchills's former home at Chartwell.

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SAFE HANDS

Former British Airways jumbo captains, Bill Pritchard and Dave Frost, checking their passengers are ready to start a sky touring holiday.

During many years service with British Airways Bill Pritchard and Dave Frost spent no less than five years flying 37,000 feet in the sky at the controls of jet airliners. Many a jumbo jet captain has been taught how to fly 747 aircraft by one them during their years as senior training captains with British Airways.

Happy - second - retirement chaps!

 

TERMS

We ask our clients to pay by money transfer at least twenty-eight days before the tour. We also can accept payment long before your tour and hold the money in a bank account for you - in Sterling - which removes any worries about sudden rate of exchange fluctuations. Should have to cancel your tour, so long as you let us know two weeks ahead of the tour, we refund your money in full. Should your plans suffer disruption from a sudden crisis - such as the volcano eruption on Iceland - we would refund your money in full.

Before a tour we keep in touch regularly and such decisions are taken together - which is how we avoid misunderstandings and stay friends with you the customers.

We don't accept credit cards any longer because nowadays this adds 2.5% if not more on the price compared with a money transfer payment. Should no payment arrive twenty-eight days before a tour, rather than argue over cancellation fees, we simply assume that tour is not taking place and stand down the team. We find this is much simpler and everyone knows where they stand.

You can make enquiries and arrange a trip by e-mail with ourselves via the Bookings and Enquiries link below. 

 

PLEASE MAKE BOOKINGS & ENQUIRIES HERE

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Why not combine a Normandy Sky Tour with a visit to Sir Winston Churchill's Archives at Cambridge University.