Even if you’re a frequent airline flyer, nothing quite compares to your first helicopter flight. Whether it’s soaring above the Las Vegas Strip, viewing the stunning Southwest vistas or taking a Grand Canyon helicopter tour, it’s an experience like none other. If you’re a first-time rider, it’s perfectly natural to feel a bit nervous. Here are some great tips to ensure you have an enjoyable and exciting time.
Before Your Flight
If you find yourself feeling anxious, try meditation or deep breathing exercises. Or try striking up a conversation with another passenger who’s flown in a helicopter before. Just sharing your anxiety can work wonders. Some other ideas before take-off:
- Listen to all safety instructions and ask questions if you’re not sure about something.
- Dress appropriately. Long pants and a lightweight jacket are a perfect choice, as it gets colder once you’re up in the air. Non-patterned darker clothes will minimize window glare.
- Leave jewelry at home or in your hotel room safe. Wear closed toe shoes, and if you have long hair, pull it back.
- Put all items like keys and cell phones in a bag you can wear on your body.
- Bring earplugs if you’re sensitive to noise. We do provide state-of-the-art noise-cancelling, microphone-equipped headphones to all passengers once on-board, but you may want earplugs beforehand.
As you approach the helicopter, wait for a crew member to escort you, and never walk near the rear of the helicopter. Now that you’re ready to take off:
- Follow all of the pilot’s instructions.
- Sit in your assigned seat and make sure your seatbelt is fastened at all times. Seating in a helicopter is based on weight, so stay in your designated seat to keep things balanced.
- No matter how you’re taking pictures – digitally or with film – the device you’re using should have a strap that can go around your neck or body. To avoid reflections and vibration, hold your camera close to, but not right against the window. Check with your pilot about when you can take pictures.
Once You’ve Landed
- Don’t leave the helicopter until your pilot gives you the go-ahead.
- Exit the helicopter and enjoy the view.
We hope these tips help ease your mind and make your first helicopter ride an enjoyable and thrilling experience. At Maverick Helicopters, we’re proud of our gold standard reputation:
- We have the top safety record of any tourism-based aviation company in the entire world.
- We’ve received the Federal Aviation Administration’s distinguished Diamond Award 5 years in a row.
- Our pilots have received over 150 awards for customer service and safety.
We look forward to flying with you!