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Advice for first time helicopter passengers

No doubt you’re excited at the prospect of your first flight on a helicopter. Whether you’ve flown in a plane one or one hundred times, the experience in a helicopter is altogether different.

A London Helicopter flight is an exhilarating way to see London’s famous landmarks. It offers a unique vantage point and allows you to see the beauty of the city in all its glory, whilst avoid traffic and any congestion charges!

Being prepared can help you relax and enjoy your flight, so we’ve put together some tips and advice to help you get the most out of your time in the air.

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What should I wear for my flight?

While you might expect it to be very warm whilst you’re up in the sky, the temperature can drop considerably  – and quickly – particularly when the helicopter reaches top speed.

In order to ensure you remain comfortable throughout your flight, we recommend that you wear:

  • Light layers – add or remove layers as you wish, depending on the temperature on board
  • Dark clothing – light coloured clothing can reflect against the windows of the helicopter, causing glare in photographs  
  • Fitted clothing – loose clothing can catch or blow up into the rotors
  • Full length trousers or jeans with a long sleeved top – to keep you warm during your flight and prevent fabric blowing into the rotors of the helicopter
  • Secure flat shoes – high heels, sandals and flip flops are not advised for safety reasons  

If your flight is booked for the winter months, wear a warm coat and gloves.  

If you have long hair, tie it back to prevent it becoming tangled.

What do I need to bring for my flight?

There are several items that are either compulsory to bring with you for your flight, or are strongly recommended for your comfort and enjoyment throughout:

  • Photo ID – necessary for identification
  • Sunglasses – protect your eyes from glare whilst you’re in the sky. Ensure they fit well to avoid them falling off as you enter/exit the aircraft  
  • Sunscreen – the windows of the helicopter will not protect you from the sun. Some flights are also open-door, so ensure you wear SPF
  • A camera or binoculars – to make the most of the views from your flight. Ensure they have a secure strap. You can use your smartphone to take photographs but it must be switched to Flight mode
  • Ear plugs/ear defenders – the flight can be noisy
  • Motion sickness medication – if you suffer from motion sickness, consider taking preventative medication before your flight

Is anything banned from my flight?

There are some items that will not be allowed onto the helicopter for safety reasons. These include:

  • Hats/visors – can be blown up into the rotor system, causing damage
  • Scarves – can fly off into the rotors or become tangled in the craft
  • Handbags/backpacks and keys – unnecessarily increase the weight in the cabin. You can leave your bag and other possessions in one of our lockers before your flight  
  • Jewellery such as necklaces and bracelets – can become tangled or loose, damaging the rotors

Are there are weight or height restrictions for my flight?

Your flight may be subject to restrictions of height and weight. As an individual passenger, you must weigh no more than 17st/110kg. Additionally, you must weigh no less than 15kg.

We do not specify a height restriction on our flights, however if you are over 6ft 2/188cm you may feel cramped. If you have any concerns please do contact us prior to your flight.

No children below the age of four years are permitted to fly with us and any children aged under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Do I need to take out insurance for my flight?

We hold compulsory Public Liability insurance which covers our pilots and passengers for any loss or injury incurred from their flight. There is no insurance provision for you missing your scheduled flight due to late arrival, or any loss associated with a delayed or cancelled flight. If you  

What happens if the weather is bad on the day of my flight?  

Inclement weather conditions such as fog, heavy rain, snow, high winds and thunderstorms can prevent a flight from taking off. We will notify you as soon as possible on the day of your scheduled flight to let you know if it has to be cancelled. Please note, the pilot’s decision is final.

When do I need to arrive for my flight?

Please arrive at the heliport at least half an hour before your scheduled flight time to allow sufficient time for you to check in and complete the compulsory safety briefing.

Prior to your flight taking off, the pilot will explain:

  • How to safely board and exit the helicopter
  • Where to sit
  • Where the first aid kit is located
  • What you should do in the event of an emergency

Should you arrive late for your flight, we cannot guarantee you will be able to fly.  
With our handy hints and tips you’re sure to enjoy every moment of your first helicopter flight over the London skyline. Why not check out our gallery for some iconic images and footage, then upload your own after your flight?

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