Seeing the sights from the sky is an unforgettable experience, as you will have a unique perspective that you just don’t get on the ground. London landmarks such as the London Eye, Big Ben and the Shard are all even more breathtaking when you see them from above.

A bird’s eye view is the best way to see the city skyline, but when is the best time to take a private helicopter tour?

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Do the seasons impact on a helicopter flight?

While it is possible to experience a helicopter flight throughout most of the year, weather conditions should always be taken into consideration when you are choosing when to take your tour.

Winter brings the risk of ice and snow, as well as strong winds and rain, all of which pose a safety risk and may result in a flight being postponed.

Spring and summer are generally a safer bet when planning a private helicopter tour, as the weather is more likely to be clear. However, as we are all aware, there is no guarantee it won’t rain, even in the middle of summer! There is also the possibility of a summer storm, which would prevent your flight from taking off.

Autumn is a popular choice for private helicopter tours, as whilst the weather may not be particularly warm, the views should be good thanks to the clear skies. Beautiful Autumn scenery and turning leaves also make for striking photographs, with less likelihood of glare spoiling your shot.

Why should I choose to fly in the summer?

Whilst the weather conditions are the primary reason why summer is the best time to take a private helicopter flight, with a better chance of good flying weather and less risk of your flight being postponed or cancelled, there are also other benefits of flying in the summer months:

  • Good views – a clear summer’s day provides the perfect backdrop for you to see the sights through your tour, reducing the risk of clouds obscuring your view  
  • Ambient temperature – it can get cold in the cabin of a helicopter, even more so during the cooler autumn and winter months. Leave your coat and gloves at home and choose to fly during the summer, when a long sleeved jacket should be the only outer layer you need to keep you comfortable during your flight
  • Reduced turbulence – if you are nervous of taking a flight in a private helicopter, flying during the summer months should reduce the risk of any bumpiness, for a smoother, more enjoyable flight

Bear in mind that spring and summer are typically the busiest times of year for private helicopter tours, so ensure you book ahead as early as possible so you can fly on your chosen day.

If you are planning to take a helicopter flight during your holiday, it’s a good idea to book for the beginning of your stay, in the event that you may have to reschedule due to inclement weather.

What time of day should I fly?

Whilst the season is important, the time of day is also key when you are planning a private helicopter tour.

Flying early in the morning may result in a smoother flight but if you wish to take photographs, an afternoon tour may be better as you will not be shooting directly into the sun and any early morning fog or mist should have cleared, giving you the best possible view.

If you’re unsure of when to book your flight, get in touch and we’ll be more than happy to answer any questions or help with any queries you may have.

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