Ask the Pilot #4: Meet Riley Troy

Las Vegas Strip Helicopter Tour

Maverick Helicopters is passionate about aviation and the allure of the outdoors. We love nothing more than showing off our great state from the air and allowing people to see the beauty and splendor of the Grand Canyon from the greatest vantage point there is: the seat of a luxurious ECO-Star helicopter.

Our “Ask the Pilot” video series takes curiosity seekers behind-the-scenes of our exhilarating helicopter tours, which often represent the pinnacle of many people’s visit to the Grand Canyon.

Insights From A Maverick Pilot

The fourth video in our series features Assistant Chief Pilot Riley Troy, expertly maneuvering a Maverick helicopter deep within the canyon. He shares with viewers a little about himself and life as a Maverick Helicopters pilot:

  • Like many Maverick pilots, he attended flight school for two years.
  • He offered flight instruction before eventually “landing” at Maverick.
  • A typical day for most Maverick pilots involves flying over the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas two to three times a day.
  • One of his favorite parts of the day is meeting people from all over the globe who can’t help but be awestruck by the grandeur of one of the natural wonders of the world.

If you have a question for one of our pilots, use #AskOurPilots on Facebook or Twitter!

Maverick Offers a Variety of Grand Canyon Tours

In addition to offering our guests the helicopter ride of a lifetime, Maverick pilots like Troy take pride in providing expert narration about the Grand Canyon:

  • Dream Catcher Sunset Tour, lasting 4½ hours, begins with a flight from Vegas over Hidden Valley and the Valley of Fire, where guests see red rock and sandstone formations as well as some of the most remote, desolate and fascinating desert landscapes imaginable. From there, land 3,500 feet below the rim in Hualapai Indian Territory, where you are served champagne, beverages and a light snack 300 feet above the serene Colorado River. The tour concludes with a flight over Lake Mead, Fortification Hill (an extinct volcano), Hoover Dam at dusk, downtown Las Vegas and the Strip.
  • Grand Canyon Spirit Tour, lasting between 45 and 50 minutes, departs from the South Rim and takes visitors over the beautiful Kaibab National Forest, home to the world’s largest ponderosa pine forest. From a distance, expect to see the Painted Desert and the Desert View Watchtower, designed by Fred Harvey Company architect Mary Colter. The journey continues upstream where the Colorado River merges with the Little Colorado River.
  • Grand Canyon Discovery Tour, lasting 40 minutes, departs from the west side of the canyon – not to be confused with Grand Canyon National Park, which is more than three hours away. On this tour, you will also descend and land 3,500 feet below the rim and enjoy the mystique of the Grand Canyon from Maverick’s exclusive landing site.

More than 225,000 people experience “Maverick moments” every year. You can, too, when you book a flight with Maverick today.

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