Flying thousands of feet above the ground is truly an awesome experience. Going on a trip aboard a helicopter makes it even more exciting as you get an aerial view of different locations, a closer and more vivid one than seeing them from an airplane’s window. Being a first time rider, it is but natural for an individual to become anxious and nervous. Here are some tips to make that ride protected and enjoyable.
Before the ride
- Choose a company, like HeliServices, which can provide you a safe helicopter ride.
- As much as possible, request for a morning schedule. Flights in the morning are usually smoother and there is better visibility.
- Listen to all the safety instructions that will be given during the briefing and never hesitate to ask if you have questions.
- Wear full pants and a light jacket as it can be colder once you are already up in the air. Dark clothes with no pattern is also ideal to minimize the glare on the helicopter’s windows.
- Do not wear loose jewellery and accessories such as earrings, necklace, hat, sunglasses and avoid open footwear such as sandals and flip flops. Do not hold loose items as well like keys, purse and mobile phone in your hand as these things may be blown away while you are on board.
- If you have long hair, have it pulled back.
- When going near the helicopter, wait to be escorted by a crew member. Never walk from the rear of the helicopter as the tail propellers are extremely dangerous. Approach from the front of the aircraft and crouch to avoid the rotors.
- If anything from your belongings flies off while you are approaching the helicopter, just let it go and never attempt to chase it.
- If you are sensitive to noise, bring your ear plugs, although you may also be provided with noise – cancelling headphones.
- Do some deep breathing before the take-off to relax your body.
During the ride
- Follow what you have been instructed, especially on the use of the seat belt, your seat assignment and whether you may move around while on board.
- Remember that weight has to be kept balance for the helicopter to fly properly and safely so seating is based on the weight of its passengers.
- If the helicopter is without doors and you want to take pictures, make sure you have a neck strap for your camera.
- Use a camera with a high speed film or settings.
- To avoid reflections, hold the camera near the window but make sure you don’t touch the window itself so there will be no vibration.
After the ride
- Wait for the go signal of the pilot before you alight from the helicopter.
- Make an exit similar to how you approached the helicopter before the trip- depart by moving towards the front of the aircraft and stay crouched.
With these tips, we hope that you will have a pleasant experience on your first ride aboard a helicopter. We at HeliServices see to it that we provide not just a safe and convenient, but the best helicopter ride one can ever have!