Maverick Helicopter Basics - Flightseeing the Grand Canyon:
Phone: 702-261-0007 or 888-261-4414
The Canyon Spirit trip gives you more time to enjoy the beauty of the Canyon, experiencing the formations and appreciating the depth of the Canyon and incorporates more of the forest scenery. You will follow the Colorado River upstream to its merging with the Little Colorado River. This flight lasts 45 minutes.
What to Expect Before the Flight:
While you wait you will be able to see other helicopters take off and land.
You will then be briefed by the pilot who will come in to meet you. At the helicopter, you will be given a safety briefing and will be issued a small life vest pack (silly rule), headset and will be assigned your seat for the trip. Buckle in and you are ready to fly!
What to Expect During the Flight:
Taking off is like rising in a bubble. You will be airborne before you know it! One of the biggest thrills is flying over the forest and reaching the edge of the canyon which gently drops off as you fly to a place where you can look down and see the Colorado River.
As you gently "float" over the canyon you will be able to see the canyon walls, rock formations and enjoy the perspective from the North Rim.
Landing is as smooth and easy as take-off.
Flying with Maverick - Review and Recommendations:
Like I mentioned, taking off was like flying in a bubble. We chose the longer flight and I enjoyed flying over the tree-tops and was thrilled as we flew over the edge of the canyon which opened below us.
Our pilot provided narration and answered questions as we flew. He pointed out formations and let us know where we were headed. I had never been to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and so it was a thrill to fly there. Some of the trees were turning golden and so the colors below us were spectacular.
I recommend taking the longer, 45 minute, tour as, even that felt short. There is so much to see and experience over the Grand Canyon.
Once we landed, we were offered the DVD of our flight and a photograph of our group to purchase. I was glad I had both. You can also purchase hats, t-shirts and sweatshirts with the Maverick, Grand Canyon Logo. Of course I had to have a hat!
I recommend taking a flightseeing tour with Maverick due to their impeccable safety record, state-of-the-art aircraft and personal service. The price is reasonable given the experience you will be guaranteed.
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