Bell 206L LongRanger
Bell 206L LongRanger

Helicopter Operations and Promotion

I began working with helicopters in 2002 when I started working for Dragon Helicopters  based at Sheffield City Airport.  A small but growing helicopter charter and training company, I worked with the Directors to promote pleasure flights, bespoke charters and flight training services through advertising, the company website and PR activities.  The company operated Robinson R22 & R44 helicopters and a Schweizer helicopter for flight training, and Bell 206 Jet Ranger and Long Ranger helicopters for pleasure flying and charter.  The company also started operating an AS355 Twin Squirrel which was used for aerial filming and photography.


I also worked in sales and operational capacities for Kuki Helicopters, Total Air Management Services and Alpha Helicopters on short term contracts before relocating to West Sussex.


I started work for Elite Helicopters based at Goodwood Aerodrome in 2006 as Operations Manager where I worked closely with clients to prepare quotations for helicopter charter and shuttle flights, plan the flights and make the necessary arrangements for the successful delivery of the flight.  I also planned and arranged helicopter pleasure flights.  The largest pleasure flying event was the Waddington Air Show where we flew 2,000 passengers on pleasure and shuttle flights using 5 aircraft over the two days of the event.  Similar operations were conducted at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Farnborough Air Show and Shoreham Air Show.


As Elite Helicopters grew I became the Commercial Manager, focusing on the retail offer of sightseeing flights and helicopter trial lessons through the online shop  and through third parties such as Red Letter Days, Virgin Experiences, Groupon, Living Social and Wowcher.  I managed the content for the two company websites as well as creating and managing the company Facebook (1,050 Likes), Twitter (2,230 Followers), Google+ (30 Likes, 62,000+ views)  and LinkedIn (975 Followers) pages.  The sightseeing flight promotions generated c3,000 passengers during 2014.

Bill Leach Freelance CV - July 2019
Here is my Curriculum Vitae (updated July 2019) - please feel free to download and browse. Contact me is you would like any further information or clarification
Bill Leach CV - Freelance July 2019.pdf
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