From clearings in rough jungle to squares of tarmac teetering on the edge of mountains, these photographs show some of the most incredible helipads in the world.
Swooping into any of these locations would definitely make you feel like James Bond, with pilots tasked with the job of landing on distinctly perilous spots.
The luxury Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai boasts a sky-high helipad on the 28th floor, offering stunning views of the blue ocean below – but unnervingly it’s right on the edge of the building.
It would definitely require some careful manoeuvering on the part of the pilot, as would landing at the Needles Lighthouse on the Isle of Wight. Built in 1859, it was refurbished in 1987 with the addition of a rooftop helipad, allowing maintenance workers and keepers to hop to it in a jiffy.
In the wilds, there are some truly breathtaking helipad settings, including the basin of the Shumak River in eastern Siberia and the cliffs of the archipelago of Lofoten in Norway.
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The luxury Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai boasts a sky-high helipad on the 28th floor, offering stunning views of the blue ocean below – but unnervingly it’s right on the edge of the building
Accessibility issues: The Needles Lighthouse built in 1859 off the Isle of Wight was given an uplift in 1987 with the addition of a rooftop helipad, allowing maintenance workers and keepers to hop to it in a jiffy. Careful manoeuvering required
Living the high life: The 279-foot-long Pacific luxury yacht built by Lurssen in Germany features a ‘touch-n-go’ helipad so guests and crew members can skip to shore whenever they fancy
Difficult visibility: A grassy helipad on the outskirts of Ghandruk, a town in the Annapurna Region of Nepal
Tropical touch down: The helipad from the 1993 Steven Spielberg film Jurassic Park was constructed close to the Manawaiopuna Falls in the Hanapepe Valley, Hawaii
Living life on the edge: A small helipad situated high up in the mountains on the archipelago of Lofoten in Norway, boasting incredible views of the gaping valleys below
Striking setting: This aerial image captures one of four helipads built for the U.S. military on Okinawa Island in Japan
Coming to the rescue: A helicopter pad in the Khumbu Valley in Nepal, which is the gateway to Everest and inundated with mountaineers every year
Golden triangle: This helipad set in the mountains looks like a tricky place to land. It’s not known where the exact location is
Into the valleys: A helicopter landing spot seen on the dried up basin of the Shumak river in eastern Siberia. Locals have painted the rocks white to indicate where the helipad is
No hiking required: A sightseeing helicopter landing at a helipad at the foot of the Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. The famous Christ the Redeemer statue can be seen in the background
Into thin air: Stones mark out a helicopter landing spot along the Everest Base Camp trekking route in Nepal with views of Mount Nuptse in the background
Cityscape: Many buildings around Tokyo Station have rooftop helipads. The Japanese capital is known for having the highest density of helipads in the world but most sit unused, restricted by a number of regulations
H marks the spot: Tourists and city commuters can swoop into Hong Kong via helicopter, thanks to this sky-high landing spot. Apparently they are commonplace in the bustling city
Concrete jungle: A circular helipad in the city of Tel Aviv in Israel. There’s clearly little room for error on the part of the pilot
Howdy partner: A helipad on Moose Mountain – which stands at 7,995 feet – in Alberta. The peak is a popular hiking destination and some scenes in the movie Brokeback Mountain were also shot in the area
Saved at sea: A helipad on board the Celebrity Equinox cruise ship, which can take 2,850 passengers. The landing spot, located at the bow of the boat, is used to evacuate travellers who have medical emergencies
Coastal setting: The picturesque harbour at Porto Moniz in Madeira, Portugal, has a helipad that is used for tourist purposes and also for medical emergencies