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Visit Ha Long Bay by helicopter

Ha Long bay is famous for its beautiful caves and limestone karsts attracting thousands of tourists all over the world. There is no better way to see the aerial view of the bay than from a helicopter. Cruising will give you a chance to gaze at the horizon, but the view might not be appealing since there are too many karsts and islands in the bay. At the reasonable cost for a 2 ways trip from Hanoi to Ha Long, visiting Ha Long Bay will be an unforgettable experience.

Helicopter service has been in operation since 2008. You can choose it to be a 1 way or 2 ways trip. The helicopter is model EC-130 B4, which is a light weight versatile helicopter produced by Euro copter company. It can carry up to 7 passengers for tourism purpose, rescue mission, and geological survey. Moreover, the helicopter can be booked for special uses such as wedding and family travel.

As it takes you to Ha Long Bay, the helicopter will hover 300m above water level, making a 30km in diameter close loop flight within the area, covering places like Tuan Chau Island, Dau Go Cave, and so on. When you choose to take the service from Hanoi, the pickup and drop off point is at Gia Lam airport. If you want to just pay for a tour from Ha Long, you will be picked up and dropped off at the Royal Park. For more information, you can check out the company website: www.northernsfc.vn

 

Airbus Helicopter EC 130T2 in Vietnam

Passenger transportation

1 pilot + 6 passengers in standard or Stylence® configuration
1 pilot + 7 passengers in “8 seats layout” configuration

 Casualty evacuation

1 pilot + 1 or 2 stretchers + 2 medical attendants
2 pilots + 1 stretcher + 2 medical attendants

 Cargo transportation

1 pilot + 3.7 m3 load cabin

 Engine (ISA, SEA LEVEL)

1 Turbomeca Arriel 2D turbine engine

 

Eurocopter EC155 B1 in Vietnam

  • EC155 – The first prototype, built from modifying an existing Dauphin airframe.
  • EC155 B – The first production version, powered by two Turbomeca Arriel 2C1 turbo shaft engines.
  • EC155 B1 – A more powerful model equipped with two Turbomeca Arriel 2C2 turbo shaft engines and higher M.T.O.W., offering enhanced hot/high performance
  • AS565 UC – Designation of early military derivative stud

 

Helicopter MI-172 in Vietnam

Country of Origin

Russia

Builder

Mil

Date of Introduction

2001 and 2002

Capacity

3 pilot + 26 passengers

Weight

Maximum Gross: 13,000 kg
Normal Takeoff: 11,100 kg

Maximum cargo swing load

4000 kg

Power Plant

02 Turboshaft TB3 – 117BM

Maximum speed

250 km/h

Fast cruise speed (at max. weight)

220 km/h

AVIONICS

The Mi-172 is equipped with instruments, avionics, Doppler radar, and a fully functioning autopilot for operation in day, night, and instrument meteorological conditions.

Endurance

4 h

 

Helicopter Mi-17 in Vietnam

Country of Origin

Russia

Builder

Mil

Date of Introduction

1995 and 1996

Capacity

3 pilot + 24 passengers

Weight

Maximum Gross: 13,000 kg
Normal Takeoff: 11,100 kg

Maximum cargo swing load

3000 kg

Power Plant

02 Turboshaft TB3 – 117BM

Maximum speed

250 km/h

Fast cruise speed (at max. weight)

220 km/h

AVIONICS

The Mi-17 is equipped with instruments, avionics, Doppler radar, and a fully functioning autopilot for operation in day, night, and instrument meteorological conditions.

Endurance

4 h

 

Vietnam Helicopter Flying Rates

Helicopter services offered by Vietnam Northern Helicopter Company Limited are helicoptering Mi 17; helicopter Mi 172, Euro copter EC 155 B1, Airbus EC130 T2. Hereunder we give you the ideas of Vietnam helicopter flying rates, so that you can estimate the expense to charter a helicopter in Vietnam. The Vietnam helicopter chartered rates are also subject to change depending on each specific routing and tour program.

 

Helicopter Flying Hour Rates in Vietnam

Price in USD per hour, valid till 30 December 2015

Type of helicopter

No of seats

For tourist

For medical emergency

For shouting and survey (to simple topography)

For shouting and survey (to complex topography)

Mi-17

24

4600

5300

5530

6000

Mi-172

24

5200

5960

6230

6750

EC 155-B1

12

7700

8100

8250

8470

EC 130-T2

5

2650

2750

2850

2900

 

Notes:

  • The transport capacity of helicopter still depends on the distance from main operational base to the nearest auxiliary landing point.
  • Medical emergency flight: 06 passengers / Mi helicopter
  • Shooting and surveying flight: 06 passengers / Mi helicopter

 

Other additional charge:

  • Fee for application of flying permission (if any): USD 330
  • Rest overnight fee (out of Gia Lam Heliport): USD 550/helicopter/the first night and USD 1100/helicopter/the second night on ward
  • Take-off, landing fees and navigation fee at a commercial airport (if any): USD 170
  • Fee for surveying and preparing extra landing fields in Northern: USD 550 – USD 880
  • Other fee (if any): Depend on your specific request

 

Vietnam Seaplane

2 Cessana Grand Caravan 208B-EX have just arrived today 21 August 2014 at Noi Bai Airport, Hanoi, Vietnam. First Hai Au Aviation daily flights will be in service on the route Hanoi – Halong Bay in September 2014 and will help travelers to save time, it means 30 minutes flying instead of 4 hours driving. Other flights by seaplane in the Southern Vietnam expect to be launched out in December this year for scenic travel by air from Saigon to Phan Thiet and Nha Trang.  Hereunder some general Vietnam Seaplane Tips

Northern Vietnam seaplane ports

  • Hanoi : Noi Bai Domestic Airport
  • Ha Long Bay: Tuan Chau Marina

Children fares

Child (CHD) from 2 to 12 years old: 75% adult public fare

Infant (INF) below 2 years old: 10% adult public fare

Luggage

Join-in daily flight: 7 kg per passenger

Charter flight:

  • Up to 9 passengers: 10 kg per passenger
  • 10 passengers: 7 kg per passenger

Cargo is not allowed

Delay and Cancellation Risk

Since Cessna Grand Caravan 208B-EX is a small craft, its flight depends strongly on the weather condition.
Flights from Hanoi to Ha Long are sometimes delayed or cancelled due to fog in Ha Long Bay. Risks happen quite often during January – March. Hereunder some important remarks and backup proposals when seaplane is delayed or cancelled at last minutes:

  • It is better to book both seaplane ticket and Ha Long overnight cruise package with Vietnam Seaplane Tours because if there is any trouble caused due to bad weather, we will find out the most efficient solution and arrange easier with suppliers.
  • In case of flight delay or cancellation by supplier, we will arrange the tour by car and refund the flight ticket.
  • The tour package is the combination of seaplane and cruise in Ha Long Bay. When the flight is cancelled and you don’t travel to Ha Long by car, you will get the flight refund but not the cruise.
  • Many people connect another flight from Noi Bai Airport to the next destination after coming back by seaplane from Ha Long Bay. If your case, please accept the risk when the seaplane comes later than planned and there is not enough time to check in the next flight.

Flight regulations

Check-in process: Passengers shall arrive at the designated place of departure at least 1(one) hour before the departure time. Carrier (seaplane) shall reserve the right for the flight to depart as per the flight schedule whether or not all the passengers are on board the flight.
Passengers are required to present themselves, valid ticket, original passport or ID or Birth Certificate for children under 12 years old for check-in formalities prior to the departure time.

Refusal and limitation of carriage: Carrier may refuse carriage of any passenger or passenger’s luggage, without any penalty, compensation or refunding of any paid amount to passenger, for reasons of safety and safety or if, in the exercise of its reasonable discretion it is determined that:

FOR PASSENGERS

• Such action is necessary in order to comply with any applicable laws, regulations or orders of any governmental authorities; or

• The conduct, age or mental or physical state of the passenger is not proper to be carried on the flight under the following circumstances: to require special service but have no prior arrangement with Carrier; or due to the health status of passenger that Carrier found that the transport will cause harm to this passenger, to other people in the aircraft or endanger the flight; or to prevent the spread of disease; or to disobey regulations on aviation safety and security, operational transportation by air; or to disturb social order, endangers the operational safety or influences the life, health and property of other persons; or persons who get drunk or affected by pharmaceutical products and have lost their act control capacity; or for security reason; or at the request of competent Authorities; or

• Passengers have refused to submit to a security check for themselves or their luggage, or having submitted to such a check, passengers fail to provide satisfactory answers to security questions at check-in or at the boarding gate; or

• Passengers do not appear to have valid travel documents or refuse to surrender travel documents to the flight crew when so requested; or

• Passengers fail to observe Carrier’s instructions with respect to safety or security;

• Passengers fail to arrive for the check-in time as required in this Agreement; or

• Passenger voluntarily cancel the flight; or

• Otherwise as reasonably determined by Carrier or required by Carrier’s air transportation policies.

FOR LUGGAGE

• Items which are likely to endanger the aircraft or persons or property on board the aircraft, such as those specified in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations; or

• Fragile or perishable items (fresh and perishable foodstuff…), artwork, cameras, money, jewelry, precious metals, silverware, computers, electronic devices, securities or other valuables, negotiable papers, contract, business documents, samples, passports and other identification documents, other valuable items. If, despite being prohibited, any items specified aforementioned are included in passenger’s luggage, Carrier shall not be responsible for any damages to such items; or

• Items which are reasonably considered by Carrier to be unsuitable for carriage because they are dangerous, unsafe or because of their weight, size, shape or character.

Cessna Grand Caravan 208B-EX Technical Information

  • Length: 12.67m (42ft)
  • Wingspan: 15.9m (52ft)
  • Height: 5m (16ft)
  • Cruise speed: 250km/h
  • Empty Weight: 2810kg (6180lb)
  • Max Loaded: 4114kg (9062lb)
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