BUSINESS TAKES OFF
Green Isle Heli Tours is based in Charlottetown
Green Isle Heli Tours gives passengers a new look at P.E.I.
Hugh Andrews and Wendy McTaggart found their dream retirement home on the last day of their vacation on Prince Edward Island two years ago.
The Vancouver Island couple was touring the coastline trying to see as much of P.E.I. as possible when they came upon a little white house nestled atop some red sandstone cliffs with a for sale sign.
Andrews and McTaggart decided to buy the 152-year-old home in DeSable and to invest in P.E.I. further by opening a business in Charlottetown called Green Isle Heli Tours.
“People should see how beautiful this place is from the air,” said McTaggart. “It’s a vantage point that most people are never going to see unless we take them up there.”
The business is based at the Port of Charlottetown with Bruce “B.Mac-” Macdonald as the chief pilot. Macdonald, who has 43 years flying experience and near 17,000 hours of flight under his belt, will be giving tours of Charlottetown until October in a Bell 206 JetRanger helicopter.
“He is probably one of the most professional pilots I know,” said Andrews.
McTaggart said they opened this business because there wasn’t anything like it on P.E.I., and flying in a helicopter is something people should experience.
“It really is like a magic carpet. It’s not like flying in a fixed wing aircraft at all,” said McTaggart.
“You don’t get bounced around in the wind,” said Andrews. “It’s very stable.”
McTaggart and Andrews also own a helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul business on Vancouver Island and live on P.E.I. half of the year with their two daughters, Piper and Holly.
Holly, who is a pilot, is working towards getting her Bell 206 endorsement while Andrews is upgrading his training so that they are both equipped to fly this kind of helicopter.
In addition to touring, their business is ready to help in emergency situations. They are well-versed in aerial search and rescue and they have a Bambi Bucket to put out forest fires, as well as litter kits so they can airlift people to a hospital.
McTaggart said they hope to eventually expand their business to give tours in other areas in the province.
“We love Prince Edward Island,” said McTaggart. “We want people to enjoy the province as much as we do.”
For more information visit www.greenisleair.com or call 902-954-1491.
Bruce “B.Mac-” Macdonald, chief pilot for Green Isle Air Heli Tours, has 43 years flying experience and will be giving helicopter tours around Charlottetown over the course of the summer.