What Are the Rules Regarding Private Helicopter Usage?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) strictly controls the operation of private helicopters to protect the public from any potential dangers associated with such flights. Blackhawk helicopters are the most popular private helicopters that provide a range of passenger and cargo capacities. If you plan to fly a helicopter, you need to consider the following rules and regulations:

Flying The Speed Limits

FAA requires helicopters to maintain a safe speed limit of 120 knots when flying within 500 feet above ground level at night or during overcast conditions. According to Valhalla Helicopters, the average standard flying speed of helicopters is around 140 knots, equivalent to approximately 260 km/h or 160 mph.

Helicopter Ownership and Registration

Private helicopter pilots must comply with all FAA regulations and possess a current license, a medical certificate, and an airworthiness certificate. The pilot must also obtain insurance before taking off in a private helicopter.

Commercial Use

If you want to use a private helicopter for commercial purposes, you must purchase a license from the FAA. With a permit, you will be allowed to fly your private Blackhawk helicopter within U.S. airspace and over water if necessary. The maximum weight allowed for a private Blackhawk is 2,600 lbs (1,200 kg), and 11 passengers.

Landing and Take Off

A private helicopter cannot land on or take off from a public airport, and if you plan to use one for your commute, you need to find a private heliport or landing zone. Most large cities have at least one heliport where you can land your helicopter.

Operating Limitations

Your pilot license does not allow you to operate a helicopter over people or within congested areas. You may only fly within the visual line of sight (VLOS) of the pilot or person using the controls at all times. Always stay within FAA guidelines when flying over people, animals, or vehicles on the ground, including small aircraft, helicopters, and other large aircraft. In addition, you are responsible for ensuring that your Blackhawk is safe during operation by notifying authorities if you note any problem while flying, including any safety violation or mechanical failure.

Before considering a private helicopter acquisition, extensive knowledge of the airspace structure is essential. For more information on the Blackhawk or its replacement parts, give us a call today.