Hangar 21 is a local, family-owned and operated business. Our foundation was built on taking our love of flight and creating an experience for all to enjoy. We take great pride in providing the best helicopter rides in Southern California. Our FAA certified pilots boast over 65 years of combined flying experience, so you’re in the safest hands.

We offer an extensive choice of flights and experiences like helicopter tours over sun-drenched Southern California, magical firework display rides over Disneyland, aerial photography trips for that photo of a lifetime, and even romantic proposal flights to pop the question in unforgettable style!
Whichever tour you choose, Hangar 21 guarantees a unique flying experience you’ll never forget!

Meet The Team

Alex Freidin
Chief Pilot

Growing up in Southern California, Alex always wanted to be a helicopter pilot. He worked as a Medic for 9 years across Los Angeles and California both on the ground and in the air. Alex lives in Oak Park, CA with his wife, Heather and Daughter Vivian. The ability to soar over traffic, and see some of the most beautiful sights in the world has served as the continued drive to fly for a living. Having flown across the United States in a wide variety of Airframes, Alex brings a perfect safety record, as well as the experience and knowledge to make your trip as safe, and fun as possible! Alex’s local knowledge is second to none, and he can show you things that even the most seasoned LA & OC residents are shocked to learn. His favorite tour to pilot is the One Hour Ultimate Orange County Coastline Helicopter Tour for the beautiful coastlines and sea life that you can come across while underway. Alex’s motto is: “Fly for an hour, make a friend for life”.

Adam Swafford

As a second-generation pilot, it was inevitable that Adam would love the sky! Adam’s interest started at an early age when his dad would inspire him with stories. For the past 10 years, he has been cruising the international skies of Costa Rica and Afghanistan, and flying life-saving helicopter transports as an Air Ambulance pilot. Though his career has taken him all over the world, Adam now enjoys the ocean views over Southern California. You won’t find a friendlier pilot and flying with Adam is like riding along with a friend! With incredible views of impressive beachfront houses, Adam’s favorite tour to pilot is the One Hour Ultimate Orange County Coastline Helicopter Tour. He’d love to see you on board!

Mark Skinner

Mark traded in the UK for the blue skies of Southern California 15 years ago and hasn’t looked back! As a kid he always dreamed of becoming a helicopter pilot and now Mark’s favorite part of flying is the freedom to travel, with incredible views to boot! While Hollywood and Downtown are great, Mark prefers the views of California’s beaches and mountains. His favorite tour to pilot is the One Hour Ultimate Orange County Tour, where you’ll learn some fascinating facts about SoCal’s landmarks and destinations. Mark’s tours go beyond any other local sightseeing tour and include some great recommendations so you can keep exploring afterwards!