About Helico Sonoma
A professional helicopter charter, tour and flight training company located in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County.
Committed to ongoing learning, maintenance, safety and training.
Helico Sonoma is the only tour and flight instruction company in the Wine Country. Whether you are training with us or seeing the sites, we are dedicated to making your flight as enjoyable as possible.
Safety and service. Our helicopters are well maintained and our staff is here to help your experience be a positive one.
We are committed to ongoing learning, maintenance, safety and training. We strive to meet your goals by offering friendly service and efficient training.
Chief Pilot, CFI, A&P
Becoming a helicopter pilot was a childhood dream for Alec and he’s now been piloting helicopters for over five years. He is thorough and dedicated to his craft, and is always searching for ways to become a better aviator. Being safe and making flying fun while applying effective teaching practices are his main priorities as a flight instructor.
Austin has an Associate of Science in Aeronautics degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is working on his bachelor’s degree. He has a straight forward and direct style of instruction that demands high standards of performance. His age may fool you but Austin is a subject matter expert in helicopters with strong aspirations to fly in a public service capacity with the local Sherrif’s Department.
Helicopter CFII, Fixed Wing Multi-engine, Long Line Pilot/Instructor
Paul has been flying for over 30 years, 19 of them as a professional pilot. He is also the chief pilot for Henry 1, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s department helicopter.
CFI, Commercial Piliot
After graduating with a degree in Geography and completing his military service, Zac decided to fulfil his lifelong dream of becoming a professional pilot. He completed his training start to finish here at Helico, and loves what he does every day of the week. A Sonoma County local, Zac has aspirations of flying within the EMS and Firefighting helicopter industries.
CFI, Commercial Pilot
Although he may appear to have grown up in the California surf culture, Konnor actually hails from Pennsylvania. Konnor graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautics. He completed his flight training at Universal Helicopters Inc. in Prescott, Arizona where he honed his high altitude mountain flying skills. You will be hard pressed to come across a more honest and friendly guy with a genuine passion for everything to do with helicopters.
Helico is a certified professional charter flight provider. We provide air service for anywhere from Monterrey, to Tahoe, the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, the North Bay, and Northern California up to the Oregon borer. Our pilots are professional and courteous and can help with your charter needs. We are available 7 days a week and evenings.
External Load Operations
Need to transport equipment and supplies to rugged, remote locations? Need an air conditioner placed on a building? Need heavy lifting power to clean up a remote area? Compare our rates and maneuverability with those of crane companies and you may be surprised how quickly, easily and inexpensively we can get the job done. We are FAA certified for external load operations.
Learn to Fly: Pilot Training
Our flight instructors are very personable and patient and will make the learning process as enjoyable as possible for you. Sonoma County offers incredible views from the air. Come fly with us! We are located in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California.
Take an unforgettable tour over Sonoma County Wine Country. Experience Sonoma County from the air to truly understand how beautiful it is – from the coast to the mountains, we have it all! 20, 30 and 60 minute tours available. Or call us to customize your tour…
Helicopter Tours FAQ
Helicopter Tours FAQ
We suggest bringing a camera and sunglasses. Riding in the helicopter is no different than riding in the car. We have full climate control.
On the 20-minute tour you get to see Alexander Valley, the Russian River, Healdsburg, and Dry Creek Valley (wine country).
For the 30-minute tour there are a couple options. We can either fly up Dry Creek Valley, over Lake Sonoma, and back down Alexander Valley along the Russian River. Or we can head west and follow the Russian River out to the coast, passing over the redwoods along the way, and then down the coast to Bodega Bay before returning.
On the 60-minute tour we can follow the Russian River out to the coast, then head north along the coast, seeing the Odyin Temple along the way before turning back inland where we will fly over Lake Sonoma and down Dry Creek Valley, or we can head south once we reach the coast and fly down to Tamales Bay and around Point Reyes.
The last option for the 60-minute tour is a tour of Napa and Knight’s Valley which contains a plethora of scenic vineyards and majestic mountains.
Besides offering exhilarating sightseeing opportunities, we can seat up to three passengers in the helicopter with a maximum passenger weight of 280lbs.
Our 20-minute tours are $250; 30-minute are $315, and one hour is $630. The prices are NOT per person but for the total cost of the flight.
We operate seven days a week 9-5 but will do sunset or sunrise tour upon request.
We do provide custom tours and are willing to accommodate most requests, and we are more than happy to accommodate large groups.
We take payment at the time of booking and have a 24-hour cancellation policy.
There is no charge/fee if the guests have to reschedule for any reason, or if we have to reschedule due to weather or unforeseen maintenance. If that scenario happens and the guests cannot fly any other time, we will provide a full refund.
Pilot Training FAQ
Pilot Training FAQ
You must be 17 years old to obtain a private pilot certificate, however there is no minimum age to start the training process.
To be able to attend pilot training you must be able to read, speak write, and understand the English language, and pass a medical exam by a FAA approved doctor.
We provide all of the courses that the students will need to obtain their certificates and the all of the training is one on one. The students will have access to our online scheduling system so they will be able to set their own schedule.
The cost for training in the R22 is $320 with instructor and $265 an hour when they are flying solo or renting the helicopter. We do provide a discount if they decide to leave a $3000 deposit. The discounted rate is $305 with instructor and $250 for solo time.
The time it takes to earn a certificate relies on how often the students fly which largely depends on funds and available time, so it’s hard to say how long it takes.
Students are welcome to pay for each individual flight or ground lesson the day of the lesson or they can leave a deposit for a discounted rate on flight training.