The Costs of Chartering a Helicopter for Business
If you’re thinking of chartering a helicopter for business, the first question you’ll probably ask is how it will cost you. And as you may expect, there are many factors that will affect the answer.
Charges will also differ according to the charter company, although most of them charge only for flight time, meaning no waiting charges. However, your final costs will be determined by the following:
Single-Engine vs. Twin-Engine
First off, do you need a single-engine helicopter or a twin?
A single-engine helicopter, the less expensive of the two, is usually enough for short trips like an airport transfer. On the other hand, twin-engine helicopters, with their faster speeds, bigger interiors, and greater stability (more ability to fly in difficult weather), are best for corporate, VIP or night trips.
Origin and Destination Points
Your departure and destination points obviously play a part in the length of your flight and thus in your total bill. Predicting your probable flight time per way is usually done by dividing the distance by the average en route flight speed. The quotient is then multiplied by the helicopter’s hourly rate, and the product will be your flying cost. Take note that other charges associated with your flight will be added to that, such as landing fees, overnight charges, and so on.
Number of Passengers
The number of passengers going on the trip determines helicopter size, where bigger is of course more expensive. Know that larger helicopters are less in supply, so in some cases, two or more helicopters have to be chartered, depending on what helicopter sizes are available.
Fuel and Fueling Stops
Helicopters are weight-restricted, which means the more passengers there are, the less fuel can be carried at a time. Refueling may be necessary at least once before you get to your destination, and naturally, there will be an additional cost.
One-Way, Overnight Return or Day Return
While you probably won’t pay half a day return rate for a one-way trip, this will generally affect the final quotation in a big way.
Intended Flight Dates
When you plan to fly will help determine an accurate estimate, considering that the helicopter fleet or the pilot may be scheduled for other priority tasks. Pilot availability will be checked, for example, or whether there will be landing site extension or airfield fees to be paid. In addition, you may also decide if you want to have more than one pilot on board. Of course, if you want two pilots, you will pay an additional cost.