Any kind of air travel is exciting. But your first helicopter ride? Well, that’s just next level stuff! You’ve seen helicopters countless times. Whether flying over the city or on your favorite television show, helicopters are a truly unique form of aviation. The ability to both fly and hover, it is a different experience than riding in an airplane. This makes it the perfect form of air transportation for taking an above-ground tour of the city. And there’s nothing like your first time. So, if you’re planning for your first helicopter ride we’ve got some tips for you to help maximize your helicopter tour experience.
As is the case with just about everything in life, the way you dress is important. Sure, you can dress up like a 1940s Hollywood movie star or kick it with a t-shirt and jeans, but there are some specifics you need to keep in mind to ensure you’re both comfortable and safe at the same time.
For starters, you’ll watch to leave all the loose-fitting items at home. This means yes, that aviator scarf you purchased will need to remain in the car. You don’t want anything that can be pulled up by wind generated by the rotors. With hats, you’ll want to leave these in the car as well. Hats can be kicked off due to the strong gusts generated as well. You’ll also want to pull your hair back if you have long hair. Don’t worry, it’s not dangerous to have long hair, but it may become tangled due to all the wind created. So while it isn’t dangerous to have long hair, if you don’t have it pulled back it may be rather painful to brush out the tangles later on.
There are going to be very specific seating instructions. If the flight is just for you and a significant other it shouldn’t be an issue. However, there are times where a helicopter tour will include several people you don’t know. When this happens some may want to push to grab the best seat. That should never happen. It is why you will be given very specific seating instructions.
Yes, your helicopter tour service will do everything in their power to seat people together, but there are times where this just isn’t possible (this is usually more of an issue when booking a helicopter service in a heavily populated tourist destination, such as in Hawaii). Once you have your seat assignment don’t try to sit in someone else’s seat. This only causes more confusion and it may eat into the ride time.
The helicopter you end up on will be determined by who you book through and the services offered. Some helicopters use all front-facing seats while others (usually larger helicopters) might have a handful of rear-facing seats. Don’t worry, everyone can see, but if you want to watch what the pilot is flying to you’ll want to book a front-facing seat. This is also important if you (or anyone else in your group) suffers from motion sickness. People who suffer from motion sickness are more likely to experience symptoms with rear-facing seats. You may also want to take some non-drowsy motion sickness medication before taking off, just in case.
Your helicopter tour is carefully planned out. From the flight course to the time it will take off and land. The best way to stay on schedule and to make sure you experience the full tour is to listen to the pilot. The pilot and the rest of the tour staff are on hand to help answer any questions you might have. And don’t worry, if you have questions ahead of time you can always email our staff here at Heliventures. We can give you a complete rundown of what to expect with your particular tour. This can help offer up a peace of mind, especially if anyone in the group is feeling a bit unsure about the flight. We promise it will be a fun time for everyone and we want to do whatever we can to put every passenger at ease.
Naturally, when you’re on a helicopter you will want to take photographs. You can do this with either a cell phone or a stand-alone camera. However, if you want to make sure you capture the best picture possible we do have some pointers. First, wear clothing that is darker in color. There will be some reflections and glares on the windows during the flight. Bright colors are picked up in the glass. Instead, you want to wear dark-colored clothing. This is an old photographer’s trick when taking pictures of glass (such as of wine bottles). The photographer would hide under a black cloth when taking the picture. This way, their reflection would not appear in the glass.
Now, there is no need to hide in a black cloth when taking pictures, but to cut down on glare and reflective colors you will want to opt for solid, dark clothing.
Are you all booked and ready to go with your first helicopter ride? If so, great! If not, what are you waiting for? Whether you’ve lived in Charlotte your entire life or you’re only visiting, you owe it to yourself to take in a helicopter tour. And here at Heliventures, we want to do everything in our power to make your time in the air the best experience possible. So whether you have additional questions about what our tour entails or you’re ready to book, now is the time to give us a call or shoot us an email. We’ll work with you and your schedule. So no matter if you are interested in an early morning helicopter tour or you want your first helicopter ride to take place at night, we’re here to help make it happen.