London Helicopter Stats & Related Information

London Helicopter Stats & Related Information

All helicopters flying in the London (Heathrow) and London City Control Zones (CTRs), are subject to an Air Traffic Control (ATC) clearance and particular visibility minima.  In the main, pilots navigate by visual reference to ground features with only limited ATC Radar assistance.  Single-engined helicopters are required to fly along designated helicopter routes.  These routes have been selected to provide maximum safety by avoiding flying over built up areas as much as possible.  However, it should be noted that multi-engine helicopters can be provided with an ATC clearance to transit on more direct routes through the CTRs.

The Police and the Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) operate multi-engined helicopters, but their operations are subject to special requirements associated with the nature of the tasks they are performing.  Therefore, Police and HEMS helicopters may need to operate at lower altitudes or hold over specific locations.


Statistics for Helicopter Operations Over London

Data for helicopter operations within the London (Heathrow) and London City Control Zones (CTRs).  These statistics are for the purposes of monitoring general trends.  Due to the nature of helicopter operations, and the way that these statistics are recorded, the numerical values will not always match.

View the Statistics Sheet




London Heli Routes Diagram

View the Helicopter Routes in the London Heathrow & London City CTR. Diagram extracted from the the UK AIP.

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Complaints about aircraft noise resulting from operations at particular airports or aerodromes should be directed to the airport or aerodrome operator concerned.  This approach is consistent with the policy of successive governments that local problems concerning the environmental impact of aircraft operations should be resolved locally.  However, contact details for more general enquiries about aviation environmental impact or requests for advice and information about particular types of aircraft activity, can be found at the Aviation Related Environmental Enquiries pages.  Of particular interest are Sheet number 5 – “Helicopter Activities and Private Landing Sites” and Sheet number 6 - “Helicopter Activities in the London Control Zone and Over Central London”.