One man, one helicopter and one ambition
As a freelance pilot, Stephan Erlandsen saw a gap in the market, and at the age of 31 and with plenty of support from his family, he chose to follow his dream and open Herning Helicopters with just one single helicopter on his books. Today, he has four full-time employees, seven freelance pilots and activities in Aalborg, Randers, Karup, Esbjerg, Kolding, Odense, Roskilde and Herning. “It requires an insane amount of hard work – and a certain amount of luck”, Stephan Erlandsen admits.
From his base in Herning, he plans the rides involving air taxis, tourist tours, and cargo freight. The passengers vary from day to day. “It could be anyone from lawyers and private people, to coffee machines and temperature sensors for airplanes. Things that need to be transported quickly back and forth.” Whether it is business people, pop stars or tourists sitting in the passenger seats, it is all about providing a good experience.
“My primary task is to make sure that I have happy customers. If people leave smiling – then I’ve achieved something, and it makes my day”.