Why Amadeus Aviation?
Because our twin engined Agusta 109's are IFR rated and flown by IFR qualified pilots, we are able to get you to your destination not only on time and in style, but also secure in the knowledge that your saftey and comfort is our prime concern.
The advantages of a twin-engined helicopter are that in the unlikely event of one of the engines failing, the pilot will be able to continue the flight to an alternative landing site. Single engined aircraft do not have this capability and have to execute an emergency landing immediatley.
Any commercial helicopter flight which takes place at night, over water or over a built-up area must have two engines.
What is IFR?
IFR means Instrument Flight Rules and refers to flying without reference to the ground, or generally what is known as "blind flying" in cloud.
Day flights can be flown without IFR qualifications but can suffer cancellations in poor weather while an IFR pilot and aircraft could complete the flight.
Why two Pilots?
Larger helicopters, such as the Sikorsky and above, require two pilots by law to operate them. While smaller machines need only one, we find that many clients prefer a second pilot for extra peace of mind and security.
Where can we land?
Anywhere, with permission from the land owner, as long as the site is big enough for approach, (about 250m without obstacles) and a place to set down on (about the size of a tennis court).
We routinely find sites near to the client's destination (if for instance it is in the centre of town) by calling local sports clubs, hotels and schools to obtain permission. Night landings will require an inspection by the pilot prior to arrival.