In what is believed to be a first for residential developments in South Africa, Steyn City has launched a “helistop” for its residents.
The helistop represents the culmination of a dream for developers, Douw Steyn and Giuseppe Plumari – CEO of Steyn City Properties.
“This was always part of our master plan,” said Plumari.
“From the very beginning, when Douw and I were just starting to imagine what it would take to really distinguish Steyn City, we considered the facilities we should make available to residents, and we agreed that, given our accent on luxury, a helistop would be an excellent addition to our parkland residence.”
Ultimate HELI’s CEO Shaun Roseveare said they were excited to be part of this unique venture.
“It’s a very exciting development and we look forward to providing first-class helicopter services to the residents of Steyn City. This will give the residents convenience of helicopter services to shuttle them to the Sandton CBD, airport transfers, scenic flights, direct transfers to other towns, cities and lodges.”
According to Roseveare, the helistop was designed in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) regulations, complying with all recognised international standards.
He added the project also received the approval of the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), ensuring full compliance with local requirements. However, maintenance of the helicopters would take place off site.
The “Ultimate Helistop” differs from conventional helipads that may be found at other developments, for several reasons.
Plumari explained: “For a start, these helipads function simply as a launch or landing pad.
In contrast, the Steyn City Ultimate Helistop has a FATO (Final Approach and Take-Off area), plus three independent helicopter parking pads and is a seven-star facility, boasting a full array of attentive services including a beautiful reception area, a lounge and viewing area for convenience and comfort with a coffee station and the latest reads.
“There is an upstairs office suite with a private meeting pod for guests to host a meeting on arrival or prior to departure, as well as washroom facilities to freshen up before your next flight.
“Added to this, the Ultimate Helistop is capable of storing a number of helicopters in its sizeable hangar, which measures 650m². Its parking bay configuration makes it possible to load up to three helicopters at a time, ensuring that there is no delay between taxi or take-off, even if more than one flight has been scheduled.”
All services provided by Ultimate HELI are also available to non-residents.
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