The average flying speed of a helicopter varies between 95 and 145 mph—a lot faster than one could ever legally drive on roads. It also means that travel time is reduced to about 1/3 of what it would normally take to get to your destination by ground transportation.
The beauty of private aviation is that is revolves around you, not the other way around. When you charter a private jet or helicopter, you will automatically avoid the long security lines associated with taking commercial flights and you will be assisted by your own luggage handlers. Private airplane hangars are usually situated far away from crowded commercial airline terminals and they offer luxurious amenities such as complimentary snacks, a bar and/or a private concierge.
The vertical flight capability of helicopters may be their greatest advantage over airplanes. Not needing a runway makes is possible to land in secluded, remote locations, mountaintops, backyards, parking lots, even yachts. Many high-end hotels, stadiums and other entertainment venues have their own helipads for VIP guests. Now there’s a way to make an entrance! (Or an exit!)
Most types of civilian-use helicopters have large windows allowing passengers to enjoy the views from above. It is literally the best seat in the house! Start your vacation early or prepare yourself mentally for a presentation by taking in magnificent aerial views of the landscape below while heading towards your destination. In addition to panorama windows passengers receive their own headsets for in-flight communication with one another and the pilot.
Contrary to popular belief, helicopters are no longer reserved for the rich and famous. More and more operators are opening up to the everyday traveller by offering individual seats on flights that would otherwise be beyond their budgets. So if you’re considering planning an excursion further afield, contact a helicopter operator! Chances are, you’ll be able to score a great deal by sharing a ride with people who are heading the same way.