First Helicopter Ride to Catalina Island w. JJ Helicopters {w. video} #MyDayInLA

Last Friday my friend Valerie of TrustedTravelGirl invited me to join her on what would be my first helicopter ride. Wow, yeah. Wow… isn’t even the adjective to describe the experience of our journey to Catalina Island courtesy of Pilot Rick Rackauskas of JJ’s Helicopters in Torrance, CA.

4 seats.

1,000 feet above the ground.

125mph over the Pacific.

Did I mention how we flew with one door open the entire time?

…and I was completely sober.

Take a look at this little video of #MyDayInLA!

The views were absolutely breathtaking, and I’m still shocked at how I felt no fear while being inflight. I’ve been on plenty of planes and have seen lovely scenes of the country, but from this low height of 1,000-1,600 feet you’re really able to soak in the experience.


 The water was a spectacular shade of blue. So vast, beautiful, and clear enough to see a whale, which we did! To have an arial view of a whale splashing in the Pacific Ocean was so memorable. Every day should feel this good.

Airport in the Sky
Valerie and I before leaving Catalina Island  
Los Angeles, CA
Go check out Fred’s amazing Instagram Photos from our trip!
Making our decent back into LA
The Ride.

This was such a unique way to spend a day in Los Angeles. I highly suggest if you’re feeling adventurous to make a reservation with JJ Helicopters. Here’s the low-down:

JJ Helicopters, INC

  • Torrance Airport
    • 3405 Airport Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505
    • 10 miles from LAX Airport (2o minute drive)
  • 310.257.8622

Services Provided:

  • Helicopter Tours, Pilot Training, Arial Shooting and more!


  • JJ Helicopters has several different types of helicopter tours with varying lengths & rates. Click here for a list of their tour routes and prices.
    • Tour Routes/Locations:
      • Los Angeles VIP Experience
      • Hollywood & Beverly Hills
      • Santa Monica & LAX
      • Redondo Beach
      • Sunset & Night Cruises are also available.

Who’s coming with me next time?

/ xo, ci /

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