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Grand Canyon Helicopters - What To Expect On Your Tour

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Grand Canyon Helicopters - What To Expect On Your Tour

Author : Lea Fallon   Top Author

Submitted : 2014-01-10 02:25:04    Word Count : 552    Popularity:   Not Rated

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When you tour the Grand Canyon by helicopter, you will take part in a very unique and thrilling adventure. Guests normally wait for their chopper to arrive in a private waiting area, and you'll be served complimentary food and drinks while you're waiting. You may be surprised to learn you have to get weighed before you are allowed on the helicopter.

Safety First

You'll watch a video which explains how seating is assigned depending on weight. The tour companies use this seat assignment system because weight in the helicopter must be distributed properly to enable safe helicopter flights. You will learn other important details about your flight too, such as information about the chopper itself. The pilots aboard the helicopters also act as tour guides that provide you with entertainment and information throughout your trip.

When the preliminaries are complete, your group will ride in a van to the boarding area. There will be ample opportunities to take as many photographs as you like. Most of the helicopters used in Grand Canyon flights are situated so two passengers sit by the pilot and the rest sit in the back. Your seat placement doesn't matter a whole lot because each seat has a great view. Tour helicopters are made with over sized windows so they are perfectly suited for sightseeing.

Headphones will be passed out during these helicopter flights so that tour passengers can wear them. These enable passengers to listen to pleasing music that drowns out engine noise and they can also listen to a recorded narration throughout the tour.

Go Time!

Once the control tower clears the chopper for takeoff, your adventure begins. Initially, pilots maintain a low altitude, but then they soar into the sky. The pilots are familiar with the altitudes and speeds at which the choppers must fly in order to provide their tour passengers with wonderful views of the sights passing below.

The pilots are all licensed professionals, and they make flying these helicopters look easy. Some people may be a little afraid at first, but once underway, most everyone relaxes and enjoys the amazing experience.

Many passengers look for unique trees and animals during their Grand Canyon helicopter tour. People with disabilities, kids, and those of all ages can enjoy one of these canyon flights. Although fun, one of these trips is also very educational for kids and teaches them much more than they could learn in school about the region.

Helicopter flights begin in Grand Canyon National Park and Las Vegas. The West Rim is around 120 miles from Vegas so it is a short flight. South Rim tours fly over that portion of the National Park. You can fly only or land at the rim. Landing is fun because then you can do other things such as raft down the Colorado River or walk on the Grand Canyon Skywalk, which is a glass bridge that extends over the canyon.

Wrap Up

Travelers can land on either rim unless they want to land inside the canyon. Helicopter tour companies are very conscious about protecting the environment in the region. Choppers kick up a lot of dust when they land. That's why passengers aren't permitted to land in certain areas. Upgrading to a landing tour with other activities will cost more, but the experience is worth it.

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