Riding in a helicopter to get somewhere or to enjoy a beautiful view can be a cool and unique experience that only so many people can experience. If you are getting ready for your first helicopter ride, there are a few things you need to know to prepare you for this experience.
1. Be Prepared for a Safety Briefing
Just because the aircraft is smaller doesn't mean that you get to skip out on the safety briefing. When arriving at the helicopter, you will be given a short safety briefing by the pilot or another crew member. This briefing will include how to fasten and unfasten your seatbelt and how to exit the helicopter safely in the event of an emergency.
2. Protect Your Feet
When traveling in a helicopter, most companies are going to ask you to wear closed-toe shoes. This is not the time for sandals or slip-ons. This is when you should wear closed-toed shoes, such as sneakers with a rubber sole bottom, and no heels, or a very small heel. This will allow you the maneuverability to get in and out of the aircraft safely.
3. Carry-Ons Are Limited
A helicopter doesn't have much space and has to abide by weight limits. If you are taking a chopper on tour, you will want to limit your carry-ons to a camera and sunglasses. Keep your purse and other stuff in your vehicle. If you are using the helicopter for other transportation purposes, you will want to communicate with the pilot about what you can bring with you.
4. Seat Assignments Are Based on Weight and Balance
Next, where one sits on a helicopter is based on your weight and how the weight of all the passengers needs to be distributed across the aircraft. You generally can't request a certain seat, as the weight needs to be balanced, so where you sit will be based on who is riding that day and how the pilot needs to balance things out.
5. Stay Comfortable
The inside of the helicopter will feel a little like being on public transport, although it might be a little chiller up in the air. It is a good idea to wear a few layers and to stick to comfortable clothing so that you can enjoy the experience without having to make significant adjustments to your clothing.
When it comes to your first helicopter ride, wear closed-toed shoes and comfortable clothing. Limit your carry-ons, as weight matters a lot. Be prepared for a safety briefing, and don't be disappointed about where you sit, as that is based on weight distribution needs.