Video: “I changed careers to become a helicopter pilot”

Chris Mann discovered independence at an early age. His passion for skateboarding around the city developed into flying through London’s skyline. Confident he can master whatever he takes a fondness for, Chris left his production design career for West end shows and 12 years ago decided to become a helicopter pilot.

Now he owns London’s main tourist helicopter company based in Battersea. From Battersea’s Heliport, Chris Mann has created a unique local business offering sightseers the chance to explore the city from above in his helicopter rides. Watch Chris’ story below:

This film is part of the “Londoners on the Thames” strand of the 1000 Londoners project, in partnership with Totally Thames, produced by Chocolate Films. This series is broadcast on