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Do You Need Travel Insurance to Take a Helicopter across Britain?

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If you are travelling anywhere, it’s likely that you’ve thought about travel insurance. In the case your luggage gets damaged, your flight gets cancelled, you fall sick while or abroad or – in the worst case – die, you need some sort of insurance cover that will foot the bill. And while it might sound trivial in the worst case, you don’t want your surviving relatives left with a monstrous medical bill after you’re gone.

The face of the travel insurance market is slowly changing, however. People are now flying to far-flung corners of the world to participate in all sorts of weird and wonderful activities. Insurance cover for base jumpers, deep-sea divers, ultra-marathon runners and a host of intense activities is quite easily available, but what about insurance for a good old-fashioned helicopter ride? A quick google search reveals little, which begs the questions, do you need travel insurance to take a helicopter across Britain?

Why Would You Take a Helicopter Across Britain?

Helicopter rides are increasing in popularity across the UK. An organized flight in a helicopter affords holiday makers a unique bird’s eye view of the land, while guaranteeing you get to where you’re going quicker than any other mode of transportation. Moreover, with a helicopter’s unique ability to drop you off in places few other vehicles can, a helicopter tour across London or the UK means you have complete control over your own experience – you arrive when you want to arrive!

How Safe Are Helicopter Rides?

Insurance is a gamble. If you don’t use it, you still have to pay for it. But when you do need it, it will not only prove the smart choice – it can ensure that you’re not plagued with debt for the rest of your life should something substantial occur. And that’s what makes it a worth taking out. In the case of helicopters, however, accidents rarely happen. Helicopters have saved an unquantifiable amount more people than they’ve hurt. All major search and rescue agencies use them for a reason.

Where to Get Helicopter Insurance

Now, despite the purported safety of helicopter travel, you’d still be wise to get insured if you’re taking a helicopter across Britain.  And to make sure you’re covered we recommend you call your insurance provider.

Many companies don’t advertise helicopter insurance in their T&Cs, yet if you call they can add it to your coverage. It will normally be listed under dangerous activity or as a premium sports-travel add-on, meaning you might have to pay a small fee. Whatever this is, it will be worth it should something happen.

You should also enquire into the insurance situation of the specific tour provider you are working with. Most will have some form of liability insurance should something happen, which may cover you, too. Contact your individual tour provider to find out.

Don’t Worry

If you’re truly worried about this, however, you’re probably thinking too much. The likelihood of a helicopter crashing is incredibly small. The most dangerous part of your flight is the drive to the airport, and if you fret too much, you won’t enjoy the ride. So, get yourself informed, purchase what you need to calm your worries and hop on. We guarantee you a great experience.

The Best Way to Travel around Britain

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From London to Land’s End, Edinburgh to Essex, Cambridge to Cardiff, we’ve packed plenty onto our little island and we truly believe that it’s all worth seeing. And while it’s true that towns in the UK are not that far apart, seeing it all means travelling – a lot.

The Best Way to Travel Around Britain

Now, for a country that contains so many sights, Britain is relatively small. By car, you can cover the entire island within a matter of days, with the length of the country a mere 874 miles – roughly the distance between New York and Chicago. The problem is, however, is that Britain is a product of history: Our roads are a poorly connected mess of motorways and A roads, whereas our train network would give even Thomas the Tank Engine a headache. Therefore, let’s take a look at the different modes of transport available to find the one that’s right for you.

Travelling by Car

Despite the confusing setup of Britain’s roads, travelling by car still remains one of the best ways to travel in Britain. A week’s rental costs between £200-£600 on average including a tank of fuel (depending on the model you choose) and you have complete freedom to drive where you want – the point at which a car comes into its own. As a point of reference, Oxford, Bath, Bristol, Birmingham, Cambridge, Brighton, Portsmouth and Bournemouth are all less than three hours’ drive from London, whereas the north of England lies around five hours away. Driving up to Scotland from London can also be done in a day, with the UK’s most northerly point, John O’ Groats, reachable in twelve hours. What’s more, Britain’s motorways can be serenely picturesque places, with the M6 snaking up through the bucolic Midlands and up through the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. Just remember we drive on the left!

Travelling by Train

If you were to travel by train, however, you have the benefit of not having to worry about parking, fuel or speeding tickets – and you can properly enjoy the ride. The downside is that Britain is known for having some of the most expensive rail fares in all of Europe. A ticket from London to Bristol might set you back around £100 during peak travel hours, for example. If you book well in advance, however, and are flexible in when you travel, you will be able to save substantial money. And if you plan on doing a lot of train travel while you’re here, a BritRail GB Pass will save you a small fortune.

Rail travel in the UK is also a remarkably comfortable experience, with most carriages coming kitted-out with Wi-Fi.

More Exotic Options

Canal Boating

If you are looking for a truly unique experience, however, you may want to consider something truly original. And Britain is not short of original.

Canal boats have seen an increase in popularity over the last few years and, considering Britain’s abundance of picturesque canals, are a surprisingly efficient way to get around, if not a little slow. A quintessentially English pastime, canal boating is a charming way to discover a quieter side of the country, you’ve just got to be prepared to pay good money for the experience.

See Britain by Helicopter

If you’re looking for something a little more luxurious, consider helicopter rides. Due to Britain’s size, the country is perfect for travelling by helicopter, with all key tourist spots only a short flight from one another. The unique perspective afforded by a flight in a helicopter also means that you get an experience like none other, as well as knowing that you can squeeze in maximum visits into shorter timeframes. London from the air, for example, is unparalleled.

What is the fastest speed a private helicopter can fly?

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One of the most common questions that all helicopter pilots are asked is how fast the helicopter can fly. Because a helicopter is typically much smaller than a fixed wing aircraft, flight speeds can often appear different to what they actually are. To answer the question accurately, however, we need to examine the different helicopter models, as maximum speeds vary significantly, depending on several factors. These include the size of each model and their passenger capacity, as well as their range, size, weight and maximum speeds amongst other factors. Regardless of which model you’re looking to fly with, there’s something guaranteed to meet your needs.

Sikorsky S92 helicopter
The Sikorsky S92 can accommodate up to 16 passengers, making it one of the largest private charter helicopters available. It has a maximum weight of 12020 kgs, a range of 625 miles, and a top speed of 160mph. This is a very large helicopter that suits larger corporate groups perfectly.

Sikorsky S76 helicopter
This helicopter was launched way back in 1977 and is still one of the most widely-used helicopters in the charter world. It is fitted out with 8 seats and has a maximum weight limit of 5307kg. Travelling at a top speed of 180mph gives it a range of 400 miles to the tank.

Agusta 109 helicopter
Agusta 109 is another design that has a long history in the charter market. It also flies at a maximum speed of 180mph, but has just five passenger seats, and a maximum weight limit of 3175kg. It can reach a very respectable range of 500 miles.

Robinson R44 helicopter
One of the smaller helicopters used for charter flights, the Robinson R44 has three passenger seats and a maximum weight of 1134kg. Cruising speeds for this helicopter are a little lower, at 130mph, but the range is still exceptional, at 400 miles to get you where you need to go.

Airbus H155 helicopter
Considered a mid-sized helicopter, the Airbus is perfect for longer journeys, as it has a range of 530 miles. With space for 6 passengers, this helicopter has a maximum weight limit of 4850kg. It flies at a maximum speed of 170mph.

Airbus H135 helicopter
One of the most popular charter helicopters available, the H135 is well used everywhere. Capable of carrying up to six passengers in style, it has a weight limit of 2910kg. The H1 flies at a maximum speed of 155mph and has a maximum range of 395 miles.

Airbus AS355 helicopter
Comfortably carrying up to five passengers, this twin-engine helicopter is another firm favourite with charter clients. It can cruise at up to 150mph and can fly for up to 440 miles. Confined spaces are easily dealt with by the AS3, and can fly in most weather conditions at a weight of 2540kg.

Airbus AS350 helicopter
This make can carry up to six passengers and has a maximum weight limit of 2250kg. With a top cruise speed of 150mph and a range of 400 miles, this is a popular choice for sightseeing, VIP flights, aerial photography and air ambulance duties.

Airbus H120 helicopter
One of the smaller choices in the charter sector, the Airbus H120 offers 4 passenger seats and has a maximum weight limit of 1715kg. Whilst it is one of the smaller helicopters available for charter flights, it still has an impressive range of up to 440 miles, and it can fly at up to 140mph. This is just as popular as the larger makes and makes for just as impressive an experience.

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