Royal Bhutan Helicopter Service (RBHS): Helicopter facility in Bhutan officially started on 11 Nov 2015 and significantly introducing helicopter services on the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty, The Fourth Bhutan King.
Royal Bhutan Helicopter Service will initially operate on-demand aerial tourists sightseeing flights using its Airbus H130 helicopter that can cater to a group of up to six passengers per flight and it will also be deployed on emergency flight services in Bhutan. According to Department of Civil Aviation, Bhutan aims to have at least 40 operation helipads of various standards in 18 districts by 2020.
Passenger Manifest & Safety Briefing
A passenger manifest form is to be completed for all Royal Bhutan Helicopter Service flights by the Passengers and verified by Pilot-in-Command/Dispatch and left at point of departure. All passengers must be briefed prior to their departure. Manifest must be updated by radio if passengers change at places away from the base.
The Safety briefing will be carried out by either PIC or Ground Crew:
➢ Embarking/Disembarking procedures (safe access and egress from the aircraft)
➢ How to open doors, escape hatches
➢ How to operate internal communications system
➢ How to operate seat belts and the use of brace positions
➢ Location and operation of aircraft emergency equipment including fire extinguishers,
➢ Emergency Locator Beacon/s
➢ Location of first aid kit and survival equipment
➢ Emergency procedures and emergency exits
➢ Identification of restricted items
➢ No smoking, mobile telephone and electronic item use requirements
➢ Restricted activities during the flight
➢ Flight Details
The following items of safety equipment must be demonstrated:
Operation of normal and emergency exits
Operation of seat belts
Operator and Aircraft Information:
Name of the Operator: Royal Bhutan helicopter Service (RBHS). Established: 2015
Type of Helicopter: H-130 Make: Airbus.
Total Capacity: 6 pax + 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.
* Cost is inclusive of 5% Insurance surcharge.
*A 10% service charge will be applicable based on the services rendered by the DMC, like fuel positioning, positioning of additional transfers etc.
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 in case of emergencies.
Contact Us: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Contact Us: email@example.com
All night stay at 3 star hotel
All transportation throughout the tour
All meals (B/L/D) throughout the tour
All entry fees to dzongs and museums
Complimentary mineral water bottle
Well experienced guide service
Airport pick & drop
Doctor consultancy only
Upgrade to 4 & 5 star hotels
Upgrade to specific language guide
Personal purchases & expenses
Extra cost due to natural calamities
Extra cost due to delays