Bhutan Helicopter Tour Package
Royal Bhutan Helicopter Service (RBHS):
As the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Bhutan King came upon, the helicopter services were officially started in Bhutan, i.e. on 11th Nov 2015. The main services of Royal Bhutan Helicopter Service would be to operate as required by the aerial tourists for sightseeing via its Airbus H130 helicopter than can carry 6 passengers per flight and also for emergency flights, if needed, in Bhutan.
By 2020, it’s reported by Department of Civil Aviation that at least 40 operational helipads of different standards in 18 districts will be introduced and get working.
Passenger Manifest & Safety Briefing
Before boarding the flight, all the passengers will have fill a passenger manifest form, for all Royal Bhutan Helicopter Service flights, that would be mandatory and would be thoroughly checked by the Pilot in Command, at the point of flight take off. A briefing would be given to all passengers before they depart and in case the passengers change places, the form would be updated accordingly, via radio.
The Safety briefing by either PIC or Ground Crew:
–On boarding/of boarding processes (safely getting in and getting out from the aircraft)
–Process to open doors
–Process to communicate internally
–Operating seat belts and brace positions
–How to locate and operate aircraft emergency equipment
–Location of first aid kit and survival equipment
–Emergency procedures and exits
–Recognising restricted items
–No use of mobiles, e-items or smoking
–Restricted activities during the flight
The following items of safety equipment must be demonstrated:
—Operation of normal and emergency exits
–Operation of seat belts
Demonstration of the items of safety equipment:
-How to manage normal and emergency exits
-Hope to use seat belts
Operator and Aircraft Information::
Operator Name: Royal Bhutan Helicopter Service (RBHS).Established: 2015
Helicopter Type: H-130 Make: Airbus.
Total Capacity: 7(6 passengers with 1 pilot)
Pilot Experience: +4000 HRS PIC experienced mountain flying, Fire & Rescue, Aerial Work
Tourist Flight: USD 5250 per hour.
Freight cargo: USD 5250 per hour.
High Altitude Rescue Mission: USD 10500 per hour.
Under Slung: USD 6300 per hour.
* 5% Insurance surcharge included.
* In case of fuel positioning, positioning of additional transfers etc. 10% service charge will be applicable.
Terms and Conditions:
a) The rate is inclusive of one hour halt time for the round trip and any additional halt time over one hour will be charged at 50% of the actual cost per hour.
b) Charterer must make an advance deposit of 50% of the estimated charter cost prior to 72 hours of the operation of the flight and the balance amount must be settled after completion of the flight trip.
c) For cancellations made more than 72 hours before the departure of flight, the advance deposit will be refunded.
d) For cancellations made less than 72 hours before the departure of flight, the advance deposit shall be forfeited.
e) No refund of advance deposit in case of cancellation of flight other than technical disruption. However, the Charterer may be allowed to operate in subsequent dates.
f) For any operations if fuel positioning is required, then the transport and other related costs on actual will be charged separately.
g) For payments made through credit card, an additional 3.5% of the total amount will be charged as transaction fees. We facilitate only Master and Visa credit cards.
h) Currency of payment shall be in equivalent BTN at daily BSR or in USD
i) Passenger Insurance liability is covered with the Aircraft
NOTE: Due to the nature of topography, Bhutan mountain weather and diverse routes that the Helicopter operation exact timing can’t be determined in advance. The exact billing can only be done once the mission is completed. Hence it is recommended that guests have trip insurance that covers helicopter evacuation incase of emergencies.
During evacuation and any Helicopter mission if it is booked and the helicopter is in operation for that particular mission, even if the mission is not successful due to weather conditions but attempts are being made, it is chargeable.