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ILandMiami, a dynamic company developed in Miami in 2016, designs, engineers and manufactures custom-made landing solutions including helicopter dollies, helidecks, and temporary helistops as well as its patented, trademarked marine utility vessels (MUVs). The MUV, also referred to as a heliboat, was engineered as a fully navigable vessel and is the first self-propelled marine landing solution. These revolutionary vessels can accommodate helicopters up to 7,000 lbs.
Art Basel attendees saw this world-class innovation first hand on Dec. 7, as ILandMiami’s strategic partner Leonardo Helicopters sent its AW119Kx to collect VIP guests from the prestigious Fontainebleau Aviation at Miami’s Opa Locka airport, flew them in five minutes over to Miami Beach’s Biscayne Bay where luxury yachts from yacht charter partner, YachtLife, transported guests onward to Art Basel locations — showcasing a partnership that provides the highest caliber of luxury travel in the aviation and marine industries.
Considered a Tier 1 City, Miami is attracting new investments, massive global events, and is established as a major business and cultural hub. However, its lack of landing locations has historically been an issue. ILandMiami provides a viable, mobile, multi-function solution to this unique dilemma.
Partnering with both aviation and marine partners, ILandMiami offers unprecedented accessibility for the helicopter industry, enabling new and current helicopter owners to not only buy helicopters, but also their own landing locations simultaneously — allowing them to arrive directly to their waterfront home, yacht or marina.
ILandMiami has an MUV available for flagship partner The Ritz-Carlton Residences Miami Beach, where the MUV will be the ultimate amenity for its residents travelling to/from local airports and other South Florida destinations. ILandMiami also works with 135 charter operators to provide helicopter charter service to/from their landing sites.
“Leonardo Helicopters is a world leader in the corporate helicopter market. We’re excited ILandMiami can offer customers more operational flexibility getting to their final destination,” said Christopher Sirkis, Leonardo Helicopters’ sales manager
“We are elated to be spearheading innovative landing solutions for the helicopter and VTOL [vertical take-off and landing] industries to provide much needed infrastructure for these industries and to create new marine real estate,” said Krystal Fiksdal, CEO.
“We are so excited to introduce ILandMiami to both the marine and aviation industries! Our versatile and multi-purpose MUVs will also help Miami to continue to host and attract events like Art Basel and other events without being crippled by our traffic,” said Michelle Terris, co-founder.