Some people believe that flying in a helicopter is not much different than flying in a passenger plane. These are usually people who have never flown in helicopters in their lives. In reality, riding a helicopter, is a completely new experience, irrespective of the fact that you have ever flown in a passenger plane or not. A helicopter offers a much better view and the fact that you’re off the ground becomes much more apparent when the aircraft lifts off. Touring helicopters, especially, have large transparent sections that allow maximum visibility. The combination of great visibility and its significantly lower cruising speed deliver an unforgettable experience. Depending on the tour you select, you can witness great aerial views of urban metropolises, vast expanses of untouched nature, or a combination of both.
If you are riding a helicopter for the first time, here’re 7 things you should expect.
The Center Seat is Perfect for People Who Suffer from Motion Sickness
If you are prone to motion sickness, it’s best to take a pre-flight preventive medication. Choosing a seat also goes a long way in preventing motion sickness. The center seat stays relatively stable throughout the flight and is thus recommended for people who are prone to getting nauseated during flights.
Little Bit of Turbulence is Absolutely Normal
While turbulence in flights is usually less common, a little bit of turbulence during helicopter rides is considered routine. However, these tremors are completely normal and they happen usually during take-off and landing. Overall, you will find that riding a helicopter is a pretty smooth experience.
The Headgear Effectively Keeps the Noise Down
Helicopters are noisy. This is why passengers are provided with special noise cancellation headphones.
These not only keep the noise down but also allow passengers to communicate with the pilot.
You Don’t Need to Bring Anything Apart from a Camera
Once you successfully book a helicopter ride, you can pretty much go to the heliport empty-handed. However, it’s best to bring along a good camera to capture those amazing Instagram-worthy aerial shots. Apart from the camera, you really don’t need anything else.
Wearing Dark Clothing Results in Better Photos
Light-colored clothing reflects on the transparent windows and they can cause undesirable flares in photos. This is why it’s recommended wearing dark clothing when riding a helicopter.
Wearing the Right Shoes Equals Comfortable and Safe Ride
It may sound like obvious advice, but wearing uncomfortable shoes such as high heels or loose sandals are not recommended. Wear comfortable running shoes with well-secured laces or wear slip-on shoes that tightly hold on to your feet.
Long Loose Hair May Hamper Your Viewing Experience
Flowing scarves or long flowing hair increase the risk of entanglement. Make sure you tie your hair securely before leaving home for a helicopter ride. A securely tied ponytail will also allow you to enjoy the view without the constant bother of removing hair from your face.
When in doubt, always seek the advice of the pilot and the trained crew members and you will be well on your way to enjoying an amazing helicopter ride.