It's quite possibly the ultimate tour of lights this holiday season. West Texas Helicopter of Lubbock is offering a Santa's eye view of all the Christmas lights. NewsChannel 11 went up for a ride with pilot Rhsye Gehrett and a young couple for a view from the best seat above town.
Rhsye Gehrett is a pilot and a gentleman. Before every flight he makes sure his guests are comfortably situated for the ride. "Here we are airborne, heading for the city of Lubbock." Gehrett talks to his passengers through state of the art headsets. He keeps the four-seater cockpit cozy and the ride smooth. About 800 feet above ground, the view of Lubbock at night is nothing short of spectacular, especially this time of year. "We want people to just come out and enjoy the helicopter. Enjoy the view," says Gehrett.
The airborne tour starts over north central Lubbock with a look at the lights at Mackenzie Park and Texas Tech. Then, it's on toward southwest Lubbock. And finally, the tour heads out to Ransom Canyon for a tour of the lights on the lake.
"The tours go year round. They don't just stop at Christmas time," says Gehrett. West Texas Helicopter also offers aerial tours, flight training and even does restaurant fly-in dine-ins at Cagle Steaks and Countyline. If you'd like more information on the tours you can call West Texas Helicopter at (806) 781-6334. Or you can visit them online by ( clicking here).