The Fleet at Glastonbury
During the week of June 19th to 26th, GB Helicopters’ entire twin-engine fleet was in high demand. Two of the years’ events, popular for private helicopter charters happened simultaneously, Royal Ascot and Glastonbury.
Our helicopters were busy flying clients from various locations across the country to the events. Our pilots transported the elegantly dressed racegoers to Ascot. And music enthusiasts to the Glastonbury festival in one of our finest aircraft.
Aerial Utility Works – Traffic Management
GB Helicopters was ahead of the game at Glastonbury 2023. Our team arrived in Somerset on Monday 19th June, two days before the festival gates opened. We’ve been working with the festival organisers for ten years. Providing them with expert aerial traffic management solutions and we were excited to continue with this partnership.
On the first day of action, we focused on rigging our AS355 – G-GBTV, complemented by our SWE 4 in 1 camera system. The system was a game-changer. Providing the traffic control room with a live download link of aerial shots that displayed congestion in the surrounding areas. This allowed the ground to identify traffic hotspots and implement diversions to maintain a steady flow of traffic.
Our live footage was a success, providing an aerial perspective of the roads and the festival itself.
Aerial Filming with the Red Arrows
The most exciting role GB Helicopters took on for Glastonbury 2023, was liaising with the RAF Red Arrows. Our operations team, camera operations and pilot communicated with the festival organisers and with the RED Arrow pilots themselves. On Saturday 24th June the RAF Red Arrows treated the crowds of Glastonbury to a surprise flyby.
GB Helicopters had the go-ahead to conduct the aerial filming as the world-famous Red Arrows flew over Glastonbury, impressing the crowds and on-stage acts.
Helicopters flying over the festival aren’t unusual to hear or see. So when G-GBTV was airborne over the festival, it didn’t alert the crowds about what was to come.
GB Helicopters remain committed to providing exceptional aerial services at Glastonbury. We can’t wait to see what the future holds providing aerial filming and utility services at Glastonbury.
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