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Located in Blue Ridge, Ga

1512 Appalachian Hwy. (Hwy 515), Blue Ridge, Ga 30515

 

For information and scheduling, call 770-963-0590, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

See our beautiful mountains and attractions from the BEST VIEW IN TOWN!!! 

500 feet above the Ground!

 

  • -Downtown Blue Ridge 
  • -Lake Blue Ridge
  • -Toccoa River 
  • -Ocoee River (site of 1996 Olympic event) 
  • -Burra Burra Mines 
  • -Amicalola Falls

Blue Ridge Helicopters

www.blueridgehelicopters.com 

All Tours are 2 person minimum. 

DOWNTOWN TOUR:  $45/per person

This flight experience will take you on a 5-7 mile trip over downtown Blue Ridge, Lake Blue Ridge and through our beautiful mountain area.

Approx. time: 8 minutes

This is our introductory TOUR that will give you the ultimate experience of flight and allow you to confirm that Helicopters are the best choice when it comes to site seeing.  When you decide to spend more time with us in the air we will be happy to arrange for one of our extended Tours.  (See additional TOURS available)  

*All flights must be within aircraft weight limits and rates are per person.

Additional Tours 

GOLD TOUR:  $90/per person

An 8-10 mile flight that takes you over downtown, Lake Blue Ridge, down the Toccoa River and over the McCayesville/Copperhill area.

Approx. time 15 minutes.

 

PLATINUM TOUR - $120/per person 

A 15 mile flight that takes you over downtown, Lake Blue Ridge, down the Toccoa River, over McCayesville/Copperhill area, and over the Burra Burra mines!!

Approx. time 20 minutes.

 

GRANDE TOUR - $150/per person

This flight will take you to all destinations of previous tours as well as the OCOEE RIVER basin (site of the 1996 Olympic Kayaking event) and parts of the magnificent Tennessee Mountains!!!

Approx. time: 30 minutes.

 

ULTIMATE TOUR - $300/per person

This flight will take you to all previous mentioned destinations plus Amicalola Falls After this one you will have seen just about the entire North Georgia Mountains and part of Tennessee.  WHAT A RIDE!!!!!!

Approx. time: 1 hour.

 

We also offer:

Aerial Photography – Flight Training – Land Surveying - Frost Protection 

Blue Ridge Helicopters has been incorporated since 1987 and is owned by Ron Carroll.  Ron has been flying, instructing pilots and servicing helicopters for 25 years and currently has over 11,000 hours of flight time.  

One of Ron’s recent students is our former Governor Sonny Perdue…..as you can imagine Mr. Perdue could choose anybody in the country to teach him to fly; because of Ron Carroll’s experience and reputation Mr. Perdue chose Ron to teach him.  Below is what Mr. Perdue had to say about Blue Ridge Helicopter’s owner:

 

“In any type of flight training, choosing the right instructor is critical for successful completion.  Ron Carroll at Blue Ridge Helicopters has an excellent reputation not only in the metro area but throughout the Helicopter world”

 

-Sonny Perdue

 

Published on Saturday, 26 May 2012 11:32

A discovery flight is your very first introduction to the exciting experience of flying helicopters. Please call us for scheduling and rate details.

   

Published on Saturday, 26 May 2012 11:33

Governor George Ervin Perdue III (Sonny) of Georgia has added Private Rotorcraft Helicopter privileges in a Robinson R44 to his pilot’s license July 22nd. The Governor is an accomplished pilot holding a Commercial certificate with Single and Multi-engine ratings. He has over 2800 total hours.


Ron Carroll on Left with Governor Sonny Perdue
Photo By Sheri Christianson, Aerial Innovations of Georgia

The Governor took his training at Blue Ridge Helicopters, Inc. in Lawrenceville, GA with the owner Ronald E. Carroll. Ron is an active member of the Atlanta Helicopter Pilots Association and a Ten Thousand (10,000) hour Helicopter pilot. Blue Ridge Helicopters has a Frasca Simulator and is a Robinson Authorized Service Center.

The Governor dedicated his vacation time to accomplishing his solo requirements and amassed a total of 66 hours before he was ready to take the check ride. Ron commented that the Governor is “one of the most genuine persons that I have had the pleasure of teaching, a true aviation enthusiast.”

He plans to continue developing his helicopter proficiency by working on additional ratings. Some lucky sightseer or photographer may show up at the airport one day and find out his pilot is none other than the Governor.

 

Sitting Governor Achieves New Aviation Milestones by Elliott Borenstein

Two-term Governor of Georgia Sonny Perdue has managed to add two significant aviation ratings to his commercial pilot certificate. On September 6th, the Governor took advantage of the Labor Day holiday and passed both the Helicopter Commercial and Helicopter Flight Instructor practical check rides.
 
Bill Riley, Examiner; Governor Sonny Perdue; Ron Carroll, Instructor at the conclusion of the practical tests. Photo by Patrick Edenfield An experienced 3000-hour Commercial Airplane Pilot, the Governor added a Private Helicopter rating in August of 2008. Since then he has worked with Ron Carroll of Blue Ridge Helicopters in Lawrenceville , GA to gain the skills necessary to accomplish these ratings.

Blue Ridge Helicopters, owned by Carroll, is a Robinson R44 service center and does training and 135 Charters in R44 Helicopters. Ron expects that the Governor will be starting his Helicopter Instrument training soon using Blue Ridge's Frasca simulator as a training aid.
"Ron is a great instructor and Blue Ridge is a respected aviation company that we are proud to have in Georgia" Governor Perdue said.
The Governor leaves office this January after two very busy terms. Now, with "Flight Instructor" stamped on his ticket, he has expanded his future options.

Published on Saturday, 26 May 2012 11:34
About the Owner - Ron Carroll
Blue Ridge Helicopters: Where Experience Makes the Difference
By Leslie Johnston

 

Ron Carroll was introduced to helicopters as he and his fellow infantrymen were transported onto the front lines in the jungles of Vietnam. Chances are Ron Carroll never dreamed that he would one day not only fly and own his own helicopters, but train new generations of helicopter pilots.

Whether training student pilots or ferrying passengers, when you’re in the air, experience counts. Few Georgia helicopter training companies can match the 40 years combined experience of Blue Ridge Helicopters’ team of pilots. This Lawrenceville-based full-service company is owned by Ron Carroll, whose experience with helicopters goes back two decades. 

 

 

An Atlanta native, Carroll spent his early career in the printing industry, initially in production and later in management with companies such as Foote and Davies and Dittler Brothers. “During the last five years of my printing career, I began taking flying lessons,” Carroll says. In December 1984, he received his private pilot’s rating.

“The following spring, I read a Flying Magazine article about helicopter flight controls. I had been drafted into the Army in 1966 and went to Vietnam, where I served in the infantry. I rode back and forth from the field in helicopters and had always been intrigued by them.” Carroll served in the United States Army from 1966 until 1968, driving armored personnel carriers. He was wounded twice and awarded the Purple Heart twice, attaining the rank of staff sergeant E6 with a good conduct medal.

 
  
“When I read that article, my interest was piqued. I had recently completed my fixed wing flight training and was eager for more knowledge,” he says, “so I took a helicopter discovery flight. I loved it. I then started flying helicopters on a regular basis with Prestige Helicopters.”

Through Prestige, he received his commercial helicopter pilot’s license in May 1986, and with a partner, purchased a Robinson helicopter. A year later, Carroll received his flight instructor’s certificate. “We had a helicopter, and I was now a certified flight instructor,” he says. “A month later, I incorporated as Blue Ridge Helicopters and soon I had three Robinson R-22s flying out of Gainesville.”

Only a year later, as fate would have it, “I received a call from Prestige’s owners who wanted to know if I was interested in purchasing the company,” Carroll says. The purchase was completed in October 1988; it was a company that he would own and operate for 10 years. “Prestige was an R-22 dealership for Robinson,” he says, “so we moved away from the Gainesville area, putting the emphasis on Prestige at Peachtree DeKalb, while Blue Ridge was more or less on the back burner.” During his ownership of Prestige, Carroll operated nine aircraft out of three airports in the Atlanta area.

 

Two years after selling Prestige to Mike Russell, who was one of his former students, he returned to flying again, “originally on a part-time basis, then full-time, as a flight instructor.” In 2003, he decided to revive his original entrepreneurial venture, Blue Ridge Helicopters, this time at Gwinnett County Airport/Briscoe Field. “Since then, the story of Blue Ridge has continued uninterrupted,” he explains.

It was a busy year for Carroll. “During 2003, I added several ratings. I’ve always been airplane-capable, and I’ve had commercial  
  and flight instructor helicopter ratings,” he says. “Then I added an instrument helicopter rating and added an instrument flight and instrument ground instructor rating.

I also added my A&P rating. My additional flight instructor rating allowed me to become a Gold Seal helicopter flight instructor.” Gold Seal CFI certification is the seal of approval that the FAA offers exceptional instructors. Carroll also added a Robinson service center, making Blue Ridge Helicopters a factory authorized service center for Robinson R-22s and R-44s. “I’ve been working on them for 20 years, and know them pretty well,” he says.

Today, Blue Ridge Helicopters offers new and used helicopter sales, flight instruction and aerial photography amongst other flight services, such as business charters, helicopter rides for events, helicopter tours, pipeline/powerline inspection flights, even flights to scatter the ashes of cremated loved ones and aircraft maintenance. 
  “For flight training, we offer discounts on the aircraft through the purchase of block time,” Carroll says. Blue Ridge Helicopters is also authorized through the TSA to train foreign students as well, and the company will soon be Sallie Mae approved for student loans.

 

Blue Ridge Helicopters’ facilities now include 800-square-feet of office space inside the Landmark Aviation FBO, two 60-foot-by-60-foot hangars (7,200-square-feet) for storage, as well as a maintenance facility. The company’s fleet is made up of three Robinson R-44 Ravens, one Raven I and two Raven IIs, and one R-22 Beta II. “We offer all ratings,” he says, “from recreational pilot to ATP with instrument, we have a complete line of Robinson spare parts and we’re a full-service maintenance facility.” Maintenance includes 100-hour aircraft inspections, annual inspections and all general maintenance and aircraft repair.

The company’s three instructor/pilots, Carroll, his son, Daron M. 
“Matt” Carroll and Dudley Wright have logged a combined 40 years of flying experience. Matt Carroll, who has about 9,000 hours, flies for Rescue Air One and is manager of the Falcon Field operation at Peachtree City for Rescue Air One, and flies part-time for Blue Ridge. “Between Matt, Dudley, and I, we have roughly 20,000 hours of flight time,” the elder Carroll says. “All three of us are CFII helicopter flight instructors (regular instructors and instrument instructors), and all three of us are airplane-category rated as well. We have a lot of experience here.”

Blue Ridge Helicopters is a 135 — air taxi — operation,” Carroll says, “and we’re hoping to become a Robinson dealership.” If past success is an indication of future performance, Blue Ridge Helicopters — and Ron Carroll, a Jackson County resident who is also a Mason and who has transformed himself from printer to soldier to pilot and businessman — are poised for the next exciting decade.

 

Published on Saturday, 26 May 2012 11:38