An aerial view of HK

PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 January, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 15 January, 2007, 12:00am

A group of children went on free helicopter rides earlier this month. The activity aimed to boost public interest in the aircraft and show how it can be used to save lives.

The 'Happy Heli' project was organised by the Hong Kong Regional Heliport Working Group.

Eight children, aged seven to 14, were chosen for the rides by The Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children and The Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association.

'Happy Heli' aims to educate young people about helicopters, which can be used in many ways.

The Government Flying Service uses helicopters in rescue missions.

Upon arrival at The Peninsula Hong Kong, the children were given a talk on helicopters by pilot Chris Buchholz.

This was followed by helicopter rides over the city.

'I really enjoyed the ride. It's the first time I've taken a ride in a helicopter,' said Cheng Wing-kee.

'Hong Kong looks different from high above. It's much smaller, but very pretty. I'm really happy because I've learned a lot about helicopters.'