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Rules for helicopter flights

Rules for helicopter flights

Fundamental rules

  • Helicopters as well as other ultra-light airborne vehicles fly at the daylight. There are so called “hazardous weather conditions” heavy precipitations, storms, squalls, icing, hail, ceiling zero and fog. It is important to remember that none of the flight crew should fly without checking out about the meteorological situation
  • It helps to remember that there exist intermediate points along the main route, where huge thunderstorm front can develop, irrespective of good weather in starting and terminal points. If that’s the case, the flight will be shifted to some other day. On the flight day some hours before the take-off, the pilot makes a final flight confirmation based on the weather conditions.
  • It is recommended to book a flight few days in advance, minimum 25 hours before desired take-off time. If necessary, it is possible on agreement with our manager to book a flight 3 hours beforehand.
  • For surveillance flights on a helicopter, children are allowed only if accompanied by parents. It is strongly forbidden to take a child on lap during the flight. Each passenger has to take his/her seat, fasten the safety belt and put the headphones with antinoise system on.
  • Down time for helicopter within 3 hours limit is free of charge and 50 dollars for each hour afterwards. In case of multi-days rent, the payment is individually agreed upon.
  • All prices on this site are expressed in dollars and are the equivalent for the sum which is paid in national currency according with commercial rate on payment day.

General flight rules on a helicopter

  1. Helicopter flights are conducted from the airfields (helipads) or from landing fields.
  2. When necessary, special launch pads with separate start for helicopters are installed on airfields which are meant for both aircrafts and helicopters. During the helicopter taxiing operation, the distance from the ends of main rotor blades to any hindrance should be not less than half a diameter of main rotor.
  3. At the time of hovering, moving at the height of up to 10 m, take-offs and touch-downs, the distance from the ends of the main rotor blades should be not less than:
    • to airborne vehicles – two diameters of the main rotor;
    • to any other hindrance – half a diameter of main rotor, but not less than 10 m;
  4. Hovering and moving for the helicopter at the height of up to 10 m is allowed at the visibility not less than for 200 m and the cloud ceiling of not less than 50 m irrespective of helicopter commander’s minimum. Take-off and touch-down are allowed on the part of flight strips where weather conditions meet his minimum.
  5. If during the flight weather conditions worsen and fall below minimum, it is allowed for helicopter commander to touch the landing field chosen from the air. Take-off from this landing field is allowed only under weather conditions that meet helicopter commander’s minimum. If possible, he informs flight management (FM) which is managing the flight operation of the given helicopter about his actions.
  6. It is permissible during the height gain and landing approach to fly over the obstacles exceeding them not less than 10 m, and over airborne vehicles standing on the ground at the height of not less than two diameters of the main rotor.
  7. Procedure for touch-down on landing field chosen from the air and with unknown conditions is governed by corresponding acts.
  8. It is strongly prohibited for hovering, take-off and touch-down during snow whirl in the absence of vertical and horizontal visibility.


For more detailed information about flight rules, click here: Legislation of Ukraine

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