About Us

OVER 40 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

Experience an exhilarating helicopter ride across the shimmering waters of the Gulf of Mexico! Enjoy a scenic and exciting helicopter ride and experience the beach from a whole different view! Vertical Flight is Tampa Bay’s most experienced and longest operating helicopter tour company, providing helicopter tours in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Tampa!

Vertical Flight provides incredible, family-friendly helicopter tours to celebrate birthdays, wedding anniversaries, and marriage proposals. We offer helicopter wildlife watch tours, manatees watch tours, dolphin encounters, and more!

We also specialize in customized and safe helicopter services for aerial photography and video, and aerial surveys.

For out of town visitors, Vertical Flight’s helicopter Sunset Tour is a must do for your vacation in Clearwater, Madeira Beach, and St. Pete Beach!

OUR PILOTS

CAPTAIN FRANK MARSALEK

Chief Operations Officer
Frank Marsalek

Pilot:

  • Commercial Helicopter
  • Commercial Airplane
  • Certified Flight Instructor (Five Ratings)
  • Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic  (A&P)
  • Retired FAA Designated Pilot Examiner  (DPE)
  • FAA MASTER PILOT AWARD
  • Over 10,000 hours Flight Experience

Forty Three (43) years of aviation experience. Holds the following ratings:

  • ATP Single Engine
  • ATP Multi-Engine
  • A&P Airframe and Powerplant
  • Five (5) Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) ratings
  • Type rated in Falcon and Lear Jets

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA) Designated Examiner

  • Single Engine Land
  • Multi-Engine Land
  • Seaplane
  • Gliders
  • Rotorcraft (Helicopters)

Captain Frank Marsalek’s vast experience and reputation provides critical oversight of all the operational aspects of a helicopter company.

CAPTAIN DON HENDRIX

Executive Officer
Pilot:

  • Commercial Helicopter
  • Airplane
  • Over 1,500 hours Flight Experience

VERTICAL FLIGHTS RESOURCES - HELICOPTER INFO

Enjoy a comfortable flight around the Tampa Bay region or room for a professional photographer and all the necessary equipment.

Helicopters: Vertical Flight uses the highly popular R-44 RAVEN four seater and R-22 two-seater helicopters. These fast helicopters provides plenty of room for a comfortable flight around the Tampa Bay region or room for a professional photographer and all the necessary equipment.