Ask the Pilot

When does the helicopter tour depart?

Be sure to know when the tour leaves and how early to get there to check in to avoid missing it and forfeiting your deposit or fee.

Will you cancel the tour in the event of bad weather?

Heavy rain, snow, wind, and thick clouds can all affect the pilot’s ability to fly the helicopter safely. Ask under what circumstances the tour might be canceled and what the policy is in terms of rescheduling or getting a refund.

How should I dress for the helicopter tour?

Wear seasonally appropriate clothing, dress in layers, and wear comfortable, secure shoes for your tour. Avoid loose hair and jewelry.

What should I bring with me on the tour?

You will probably want to bring a camera or video camera, but you should not have loose items such as keys, a purse or backpack, or anything that could get in the way or interfere with the operation of the aircraft. Ask about weight limits for the flight and any specific restrictions.

What type of helicopter will be used for the tour?

Ask about the model of the helicopter, how long it has been in service, and the safety record for the aircraft.

How much experience does the pilot have?

Pilots should have several years of training and flying experience so that they can safely operate the helicopter for the tour.