If you have yet to experience flying in a helicopter, be prepared for an aerial experience like no other. It can feel a little unnerving to be hovering in a static position. These amazing flying machines can also be very aerobatic with a skilled pilot in control. Scenic helicopter rides are extremely popular, especially in Sydney, thanks to the iconic sights in this lively city.
In this article, we will take a look at the various helicopters used for charter.
Single Piston Helicopter – This machine can carry 3 passengers and the pilot, with 2+2 seating configuration. Extremely agile, this small aircraft is commonly used for scenic flights, short A-B transfers and for aerial photography and video. When a videographer is filming in Sydney helicopters, for example, it is specially fitted with an exterior camera holder. Many freelance videographers charter a helicopter to get some unique aerial shots of iconic sights.
Single Turbine Helicopter
– Perhaps the most popular of all, the Robinson R66 is a classic example of a single turbine chopper. It has heaps of power and a 2+3 seating configuration. With a Cineflex camera mount, this machine makes for the perfect video and image platform. A group of 4 who wish to see beautiful sights from the air would be suited to this aircraft. You will find a leading helicopter charter firm with a Google search, and you can enquire about cost.
- Twin Engine Turbine Helicopter – The Eurocopter EC 135 P2e can carry 6 passengers and a pilot, with a 2+5 seating plan. This is ideal for VIP and corporate travel. The full glass cockpit really does give you a panoramic view and passengers all wear Bose headsets and can communicate with each other and the pilot. If you are soon to be entertaining an important business client and you want to make a good impression, VIP helicopter travel is the way to go. With a range of 300 nautical miles, this aircraft is good for long distance travel and is luxurious, as you would expect for a corporate service.
Wide Range of Charter Reasons
These are just some of the reasons people charter helicopters:
- A-B Transfers
- VIP Tour
- Aerial Photography and Video
- Corporate Awards
Chartering a helicopter for whatever reason is simple with Google. Simply search for ‘helicopter charter near me’ and that will bring up a list of local providers. The booking process is smooth. Simply click on the dropdown calendar and reserve the date and time. There are also operators who offer a free pickup and drop off service to your hotel. You will have a short safety briefing and enjoy a photoshoot with the aircraft and the pilot before taking off for your flight.
The Internet hosts a wealth of information about the various types of helicopters if you are technically minded. When you book a helicopter tour, the pilot is always happy to answer any technical questions you might have. Make sure you have your digital video camera, a full battery and large memory card so you can record the experience.