Terms & Conditions
WHO AND WHAT IS BLACK OPS?
The BLACK OPS brand is an adventure-based helicopter flight product utilising a very cool looking jet turbine military style MD500E HELICOPTER. The company & aircraft are 100% owned & operated by the very experienced Sydney based, helicopter pilot, Mark Fitzsimmons (8000+ hours). Black Ops is a fully certified Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) accredited Air Operator. Our Air Operating Certificate (AOC) number is: CASA.TAAOC.0369.
Do I need to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to fly with Black Ops
VARIATIONS OR CHANGES
BUSHFIRES - Deployment of aircraft by the RFS
WEATHER / OPERATIONAL CONSIDERATIONS
If the actual weather is inclement on the day of your flight (i.e. raining, low cloud or strong winds with no signs of improvement), the flight will be rescheduled at a time that is mutually convenient. If there is a weather issue that potentially prevents us from flying, we will always endeavour to contact you first, otherwise, assume your flight is proceeding as per your booking confirmation and turn up 20-minutes before your departure time.
If we postpone the flight due to operational reasons, we will extend your flight for a further 12 months (i.e Flight must be taken in the next 12 months from the original flight date as month 13 onwards it will be invalid and non redeemable). The call on the weather is at the absolute discretion of your pilot. We do not depart in heavy rain/poor visibility or when thunderstorms are in the area of flight. Your safety is our number one priority. For rescheduled bookings, a new agreement is entered in to and our full terms and conditions apply in their entirety (plus the 12 month extension given) as if it was a new booking.
On occasion, delays can occur for reasons beyond our control (i.e. passing storm / ATC or operational considerations). On these occasions, the company may exercise a “60-minute wait window”. This means that we will reserve the right to make a decision to fly for up to 60 minutes, in this time period the original booking and all our terms & conditions still stand (please allow for this contingency with your schedule). Unless agreed prior, at no stage, is the company financially responsible for how passengers arrive or depart (by land-based transport) to or from our base.
Pilot decision making is based on actual weather on the day of your flight not forecasted… Please do not contact us in the days leading up to your flight to discuss a “forecast” as they can be notoriously inaccurate. Note: it’s always the pilot’s decision on the weather and it’s only on rare occasions a “No Fly” decision would be made prior to the actual flight day.
In case of operational issues, it is a requirement for passengers to provide a reliable (i.e switched on!) contact phone number so we can endeavour to make contact if required.
PAYMENTS, GIFT CERTIFICATES & CANCELLATION POLICY
Cancellation by passengers within fourteen days prior to the departure date or a no show on the day will incur a 100% cancellation fee and forfeiture of the seat/s. The only exception to this is, if you have tested positive for Covid-19 and are in isolation. In order to postpone your flight (not cancel) within the 14 days, you will need to email through evidence before the day of your flight to email@example.com – Be sure to blank out all private information other than your name.
Our “14 day” no cancellation policy is in place because as a “Share with Others” passenger, you are relying on the other one or two passengers to fly and they are relying on you to make up the required minimum passengers required to get airborne (i.e the income from 3 seats). A short notice cancellation doesn’t give us enough time to fill the seats. The same policy also applies to the Private Flights as it doesn’t leave enough time to fill the flight time we’ve allocated in our schedule. If you wish to postpone your flight for any reason outside the fourteen days, then please make contact and we will accommodate you.
To cover administration, booking (payment gateway) and credit card fees, any refunds given for cancellations will be subject to a 5% refund charge deducted from the total flight cost. Passengers who wish to cancel a reservation are required to notify our office via email and are not considered cancelled until our office has acknowledged and confirmed the request.
It is a requirement that when a third party (non-flying) person is purchasing a gift certificate or seat/s, that they also accept the above financial and timing conditions on behalf of the recipient/s. We will not enter into negotiation on these or any other terms & conditions with the purchaser of a gift certificate, a gift certificate recipient, passengers or any third party agents.
Passengers who fail to show for the flight (or are late for ANY reason causing operational difficulties. i.e Holding up other passengers or potentially causing us to be delayed for other flights) will incur a 100% cancellation fee and will forfeit/invalidate the right to rebook – It is an absolute requirement that you arrive 20-minutes before your flight time. If you are unsure of your flight time post-booking, we encourage you to make contact, (especially if you have been re-booked because your initial flight time was postponed due to weather or other operational reasons).
No fees are payable if Black Ops Helicopters cancels the flight due to weather or other operational contingency. Refunds of payments made through 3rd party booking agents must be sought from the booking agent.
COVID & your Gift Certificate/Voucher
Do we share the helicopter with other passengers?
Note: 4th middle seat (60kg< passenger) is between the pilot and the front right passenger – it has a slightly restricted view over the aircraft console. Groups of one, two or three can also take a “Private Flight” option by purchasing all 4 seats for the price of 3. For Private Flight bookings, we require at least 7 days notice for a change in actual passenger numbers. Note: Individual & total weight limitations apply for all flights.
Minimum passenger numbers apply to all “Share with Others” flights. Seating positions are never predetermined prior to the day and are always subject to a weight & balance calculation. Seating is decided at the absolute discretion of the Pilot in Command. Please note that the BLACK OPS experience is an adventure-based product and part of the flight route normally involves coastal flying where less emphasis is placed on the scenic component of the experience.
We don’t always claim to offer the cheapest flights but we are one of the best at it – Quality & cheap are not usually in the same sentence, especially in aviation! Our reputation in the aviation industry speaks volumes.
Minimum age for travel
OTHER INFO WE NEED TO TELL YOU ABOUT
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:
- 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 wellbeing and/or the safety of others onboard. It is also a requirement (at the time of booking) you inform us of any passengers that have a physical or intellectual handicap. Boarding may be denied (with penalty) if you neglect to give us information prior that could cause operational difficulties.
The company & it’s employees reserve the right to also deny carriage/boarding (without refund) to any person who behaves at any stage with an intent to deceive or acts in a disorderly, intoxicated, threatening or offensive manner to our flight/ground crew or other passengers. Doors off operations are entirely at the discretion of the Pilot in Command.
Passenger/s will need to inform us at the time of booking of all individual passenger weights (inclusive of clothing). This is also confirmed on the day of flight as passengers are weighed prior to departure. Please note: Giving an incorrect weight for a single passenger or a group at time of booking, could result in cancellation of the seat/s on the day of the flight (with penalty) if it causes us operational difficulties, (i.e. the actual weights would contribute to an excess greater than our aircraft maximum take-off weight). This will also forfeit/invalidate the right to rebook. Flight prices are based on standard passenger weights. Individual passengers (or a group of) in excess of 110kg per person (240lb/17 stone) may affect quoted prices.