Chartering a helicopter for business or pleasure in Yorkshire is a remarkably straight forward process. While helicopter travel will always be a little more expensive that conventional travel, it can be very cost effective when used wisely. With the ultimate convenience of landing at, or close to, your destination, flying by helicopter can prove a very convenient and cost effective way to travel.
A Guide to Yorkshire Helicopter Charter
Our base in Yorkshire allows us to reach many areas of the UK in only a few hours often cutting your travel time in half. Flying above frustrating motorway traffic, competing with increasing rail fares, even beating scheduled airline flights once you take into account the fact that, by helicopter, you quite simply don’t need airports. Get in touch to see if our helicopter charter solution might prove a viable option for your travel needs.
Read our Frequently Asked Questions below to help you gain a fuller understanding of how we can help you to charter your helicopter and use it as a cost effective method of business transport, as an exhilarating way to enjoy holiday travel or to entertain friends or corporate guests.
Q. How much does it cost?
A. The Number One question. A helicopter will almost always be more expensive than a car journey. When you begin to factor in the value of your time, the frustrations of public transport and airlines, plus the privacy you will enjoy in your own helicopter, it actually becomes quite attractive.
For a typical flight of between three and five passengers, expect to budget between £700 and £1000 for one hour. This will vary depending upon the type and speed of helicopter.
It is worth considering that flying in a straight line at almost 130 miles per hour, direct to your destination, a helicopter covers the ground very rapidly.
Elstree in North London is only one hour away from Yorkshire, while the borders of Scotland can be reached in around 90 minutes. There are very few areas of the UK that are more than two hours away from Yorkshire by helicopter. Once you compare the cost per head of a helicopter charter with the cost of business class rail, or a long, slow and frustrating car journey, the benefits of helicopter travel become quite feasible.
Q. So can you land anywhere?
A. Almost, but not quite! Safety is our priority and we fly in accordance with the regulations set out by EASA and the CAA. We need relatively large, clear, open areas generally free of obstacles and away from heavily congested areas to approach, land and depart safely. If we can’t land exactly at your final destination we are generally able to find a nearly location that is convenient.
Don’t worry about trying to work that out yourself. The best way to check that your destination is suitable will be to contact us with the location and we can quickly come back to you before booking. Many hotels, country houses and other venues are very helicopter friendly and we regularly deal with arranging permission to land at a wide variety of locations. That ultimate door to door convenience is probably the biggest appeal of helicopter travel.
Q. What about the weather?
A. That’s a very good question and we admit that in the UK, the weather can be a challenge. At the moment we fly in day conditions only whilst passengers are on board, meaning we need to have dropped our passengers at their destination prior to official night time which is 30 minutes after sunset. We also need good cloud base and good visibility. Conditions we don’t fly in are: falling snow, fog and very high winds. If the weather conditions are not suitable we can either rearrange your flight or offer a full refund.
We closely monitor the weather and at any given time we are looking several days ahead. This means that we can generally warn you if a flight may not be practical some time in advance.
Q. What about licensing and regulations?
A. All pilots hold a Commercial Pilots Licence and are tested regularly. Most are also Flight Instructors with hours upon hours of experience. The helicopter you will travel in is operated under Air Operators Certificate Number GB2257 (Northumbria Helicopters) and equipped and insured to the commercial standards required by regulation.
If this is the first time you have considered chartering a helicopter, you will without a doubt have more questions. Feel free to call us, or send us a message using the contact form below and we will get back to you shortly with all the answers.