WHO AND WHAT IS BLACK OPS?
The founder and owner of Black Ops / Blue Sky Helicopters is Chief Pilot, Mark Fitzsimmons. Mark started his flying career as an aerial photographer in the UK, before emigrating to Australia in 1991. It was here that he saw the opportunity to take up the “other seat” and become a helicopter pilot, combining two passions, aviation and photography. Blue Sky Helicopters was established in 1996 and Black Ops Helicopters in 2015.
Mark states “I’ve been wanting to come up with a unique flight product that takes it to the next level for some time… an experience that will tick all the right boxes with regards to safety, adrenaline and an airborne adventure over one of the greatest cities in the world. With the introduction of the Black Ops MD500E to our fleet, we have morphed the popular culture of computer games and Hollywood movies into an experience where you are part of the action, it’s no longer “just” a helicopter flight”. Our MD500E model helicopter & BLACK OPS concept is unique to the market and is truly an experience that you will never forget.
What time and on what days do you fly?
Is it safe?
At Black Ops, our passenger’s safety is paramount, it will always come first. We have a 100% safety record and have never been issued with any form of reprimand or non-compliance. You’ll be flying in our immaculately maintained MD500E with the most experienced tour pilots based at Sydney Airport. Even though the doors are off providing an incredible adrenalin rush, the aircraft is still flown well within it’s performance and flight envelope. We do not perform aerobatics.
We are a Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Certified Air Carrier and embrace the regulations.
Can I bring my camera onboard?
Do we share the helicopter with other passengers?
What Flight Mission would you recommend and at what time?
What is the minimum age?
Can you pick us up from the City?
What time do I need to be at the airport and is there parking?
What happens if I cancel or fail to show after I have booked a flight?
Bookings made for shoulder & peak periods (Aug 1/March 31) and/or public holidays and then cancelled between eight & fourteen days (prior to the departure date) may, at our discretion be subject to a 50% cancellation fee. Cancellation (by passengers) within seven days of flight date will incur a 50% cancellation fee. Cancellation (by passengers) within one day of flight date (or a no-show) will incur a 100% cancellation fee. Any request for refunds given outside fourteen days will be subject to an administration charge of $10 per seat.
There is naturally no cancellation fee when BLACK OPS cancels the flight due to bad weather or operational contingency. Please take a moment to read our full Terms & Conditions.
What if the weather is bad on the day of my flight?
Will the pilot give us a commentary?
What should we wear and do you have any restrictions?
To conduct a BLACK OPS mission you will need to have a general level of health and fitness with the ability to enter and exit the aircraft independently without physical assistance. On the day, you may be asked questions about your ability to fly in an aircraft with the doors off, however there are some things that may prevent you from conducting the mission, including (but not limited to):
- Heart conditions
- Physical injuries
- A history of mental illness
- A history of fits or seizures
We are here to help you enjoy a once in a lifetime experience so it’s a requirement that you inform us of anything that you feel may impact your well-being and/or the safety of others onboard. Doors off operations are entirely at the discretion of the flight commander.