Finding somewhere to land your helicopter around London is a bit of a nightmare. There’s the Battersea Heliport, of course, but it’s mega expensive with limited slots and parking (for aircraft). Same goes for the big airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick and London City. No, if you’re looking to fly in, park and leave your helicopter secure, then you’re really looking at one of the satellite General Aviation airfields around London.
So what are the options? Biggin Hill to the south-east, good for the City. Damyn’s Hall to the east, also good for the City and Docklands. Stapleford to the north-east of London, close to the M25. Elstree in north London. Denham and Wycombe Air Park to the west. Redhill and Fairoaks are south of London.
However, for a dedicated helicopter service, soon there’ll be West London Heliport, south-west of London in Surrey. PremiAir Aviation, under new ownership, is re-branding Blackbushe Airport near Camberley, Surrey as West London Heliport. PremiAir has modern, smart facilities there and Blackbushe is in relatively straightforward airspace and has plenty of capacity. Good choice!
[flexiblemap address=”Blackbushe Airport GU17 9LG UK” zoom=”14″ title=”Premiair Aviation Blackbushe Airport” width=”100%” description=”West London Heliport is located at Blackbushe Airport, Surrey”]
West London Heliport has 50,000 ft of hangarage, and stand parking for several larger and smaller aircraft. Owners and operators can have their aircraft refuelled, washed, line maintenance provided (in line with PremiAir’s engineering type expertise) and hangared. Arriving passengers can head off to their final destination by waiting chauffeur or private car.
Landing fees are “at least a third of the price” of its closest business aviation neighbour airport (that’s TAG Farnborough, by the way, just a few miles away).
“At West London Heliport, there are no restrictions on movements. Opening hours are 07:00 hours to 22:00 hours, seven days a week,” says PremiAir.
Work at the site is in the final stages and involves expanding the existing PremiAir reception area into a comfortable crew room and separate passenger visitor lounge. There will be a business centre with wifi, computer and a dedicated and conforming kitchen, capable of meeting inflight catering requirements.
PremiAir has also reached agreement with chauffeur car company First Class Cars as its preferred ground transportation partner, with sleek black S Class Mercedes. Caviar House is also a partner providing fine food in the VIP and customer lounge.
PremiAir has its own AOC, new EASA Part 145 authorisation, enabling line and base maintenance for helicopter types including Bell, Sikorsky and Eurocopter to be undertaken. It has Part M approval and also received EASA Part 21J approval for design and modification work on all aircraft. Part 21G accreditation should follow soon.
MORE PremiAir Aviation