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How Far Can a Private Helicopter Fly?

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If you like the idea of flying to work every day and avoiding traffic on the ground, then you’ve no doubt aspired to swooping in via your own private helicopter. It’s easier than ever to access helicopter charter services, thanks to an innovation in design that make engines quieter and allows for further travel. But just how far can such a charter helicopter fly? It’s an important consideration, particularly if you’re looking to purchase one yourself.

As you may expect, the smaller the size of the helicopter, the smaller the fuel tank, and naturally the reduced distance it can travel. For those serious about owning a helicopter and integrating this method of travel into their day to day planning, it’s essential to not have to think about fuel stops every hundred or so miles. A typical mid-range design will be able to fly for 2.5 hours at 135 knots, for 300-350 miles without refuelling. To put that into perspective, that kind of speed and fuel efficiency will get you from London to Paris in 90 minutes. A larger model, like the Sikorsky S92 can seat up to 16 people and reach 160 mph for over 600 miles.

Simply put, there a lot of different helicopters out there with different sized fuel tanks and different maximum speeds. The key is finding one that suits your needs and fits in with the lifestyle you have planned.

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What does the law say?

Just like planes, helicopters have to abide by a similar set of rules laid out by the Civil Aviation Authority. If you plan on flying near busy areas, like Heathrow or other major airports, you’ll have to submit to air traffic control who will set out routes that you’re allowed to take depending on the size of your helicopter, its speed, and its engine. Access to private property can always be restricted, even if you’re the President of the United States, as the Queen illustrated when she banned Barack Obama’s fleet from landing on the Windsor Castle lawn.

Occasionally, bad weather can result in blanket bans on helicopter flights if the conditions are deemed too unsafe. Even the best-outfitted helicopters have their access restricted when conditions are at their worst, known as ‘Sea State Six’.

If you’re planning on moving between borders in your helicopter then you’ll be subjected to the same laws as private jets, though these can vary from country to country. For example, in the UK, all private flights must go through Custom, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) before they’re cleared to enter.

Ask yourself how far you need to travel

In essence, a helicopter can travel as far as your money can. Depending on how much you’re willing to spend and how far you need to travel, there will be a helicopter out there for you. If you want to try out some models to determine their suitability, there are a range of helicopter charter flights that you can take advantage of.

 

A guide to Stonehenge

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Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument whose construction started around 3000 BC. It is located in Wiltshire, about 8 miles north of Salisbury, and it is one of the most iconic features in the British landscape.

The importance of Stonehenge has long been recognised, and it has been protected since 1882 as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. In 1986 the site and its surroundings were included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Stonehenge itself is now managed by English Heritage and the surrounding land by the National Trust. Surprisingly, Stonehenge remained in private hands until 1918 when Cecil Chubb, who had bought the monument at auction three years earlier, gave it to the nation. It is now owned by the Crown.

History of Stonehenge

It seems likely that Stonehenge has always been associated with burial and it has been through several phases of construction during the 5,000 years it has stood on the site. Archaeologists continue to explore its history and new discoveries are still being made.

The monument has also become a focus for folklore and for celebrations in the neo-Druid calendar, most notably on June 21st for the Summer Solstice. In the 1970’s and early 1980’s the Stonehenge Free Festival was held on the site. However, after the Battle of Beanfield in 1985, when Wiltshire police clashed with those who wished the Free Festival to continue, access to the site for events of this nature has been heavily restricted.

Visiting Stonehenge

It is possible to visit Stonehenge, and the site is open between 9am and 8pm. However, entrance is controlled by timed tickets and therefore to guarantee the date and time you require, it’s recommended to book in advance.

Around 1.5 miles from the monument is a newly built visitor centre, opened in 2013. This houses both temporary and permanent exhibitions, including more than 300 archaeological finds from the site itself. Outside the visitor centre are several reproductions of Neolithic houses. Here you can find out more about how the houses were constructed. You can also ask questions of the volunteers, who are always available at Stonehenge, about what it was like to live during this era.

There is a café, gallery and gift shop at the visitor centre, plus a shuttle service runs between the centre and Stonehenge regularly. If you prefer to approach the monument on foot, to enjoy the landscape and majesty of the stones rising before you, the shuttle service also offers a half-way drop off point.

Getting To Stonehenge

There are many ways to get to Stonehenge and they make it as accessible as possible. You can approach by road along the A303, although as this is one of the main routes into the South-West, it can get very busy during summer months. You can also take a national rail train to Salisbury and then from there take The Stonehenge Tour bus to the site. If you are on holiday in the area, there are also several walking and cycling routes which allow you access.

One of the best ways to see Stonehenge is from the air and this can be achieved via helicopter. A helicopter charter can include your journey there and back plus a day’s visit to the site. While it’s not possible to land at the monument itself, all your land transport is taken care of so you can just relax and enjoy your visit.

For those who built Stonehenge over the centuries, it would have been impossible for them to image that one day visitors would come to see the result of their work, let alone that they would travel there by air. We are in a privileged position whereby we can still see the site as it was first created and learn about all those who played a part in its history.

The NFL Comes to Wembley

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The NFL, or National Football League, is the professional league of American Football, of which, a growing portion of their fanbase resides in the UK and since 2007, the NFL International Series has been exclusively held at Wembley Stadium. That first year, the Miami Dolphins hosted the New York Giants and demand for tickets were so high that 40,000 sold out within the first 90 minutes of them being on sale.

Every year since different teams have played and the support has never waned. The NFL are now planning more international games, some at Twickenham Stadium in London and others at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

What’s Planned for 2016?

If you want to catch the excitement of the sport live in 2016 then head to Wembley Stadium this autumn. On 2nd October the Indianapolis Colts play the Jacksonville Jaguars and on the 30th October, the Washington Redskins play the Cincinnati Bengals.  General admission tickets for both games are now sold out, although it’s still possible to attend if you book through one of Wembley Stadium’s hospitality packages.

Why Wembley is The Perfect Venue

Wembley Stadium has been synonymous with sport through the decades. It was built at the end of the First World War and originally known as the Empire Stadium. The building was the centrepiece of a post-war British Empire Exhibition. In the early part of the 21st century it was rebuilt, and it reopened its doors in 2007. The famous twin towers of the original stadium replaced by an iconic arch.

The stadium is now one of the most modern stadiums in the world, with a circumference of 1km and seating for 90,000 people. Even better, none of those seats have obstructed views so you are always guaranteed one of the best seats in the house, wherever you are sitting.

To cater for that many people there are 34 bars, 8 restaurants, and 688 food outlets to choose from. In a standard half-time during football and rugby matches it is estimated that around 40,000 pints of beer are served, so the scale of the operation is incredible.

Getting to Wembley

There is limited parking at Wembley Stadium, as it is designated a public transport destination. If you want to drive ensure you book parking in advance.

Train, tube, and coach access are relatively easy. Wembley is only two stops away from Baker Street on the Metropolitan Line and National Express coaches have dedicated services for events from across the UK.

An alternative, and one which makes a much more special occasion of the day is to charter a helicopter and take in the sights of the capital from above before making your way to one of the NFL Games.

The Future of NFL in the UK                     

NFL games will continue at Wembley Stadium until at least 2020 and the likelihood is they will go on long after that. Enthusiasm for American Football has reached a level where thousands of people are now playing the game themselves and taking part in amateur games here in the UK. Since the NFL first arrived at Wembley in 2007 participation has risen 15 per cent every year and there are now more than 40,000 people over the age of 16 playing regularly.

American Football is exciting, fast paced and very different to sports we are used to watching in the UK. If you haven’t experienced it first-hand try to make it to one of the games at Wembley or even if you don’t make it there in person, catch up on the action on BBC Sport and iPlayer. You might just become a fan.

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