I LOVED doing this! Oh my. It’s not the jostling, loud, discombobulating experience I imagined. Instead, you feel like you’re just floating quietly across the sky. That’s because of their state of the art noise canceling headphones which truly does block outer sound but lets you hear and talk with your companion or your pilot as though on a great quality phone. Your pilot gives really good narration as you go, unless you’d prefer to just zone out into music as your eyes feast on scenery from a bird’s perspective.
And it’s really safe. Seacoast Helicopter’s pilots have been hand picked from the area’s best, and that hand picking gets done by the very experienced and highly qualified owner. In fact, Seacoast Helicopters gets praised for the excellence of its schooling department at licensing exam time: “We can always tell when they come from your school.” So don’t worry, your tour pilot will not be a new graduate or anywhere near. Further, every flight has an extensive preflight check routine which, in itself, is really fascinating to watch.
As for the ride, the Seacoast is so spectacular from the air. They take you high enough for the panoramic view, but low enough so you can see all bird’s eye detail. Tours range from just $69 per person for a party of two or more, and you can choose longer flights if you want. Either way, people don’t leave disappointed! It’s just a huge treat for people of any age. For sure bring a good camera that doesn’t require fussing with because the views are spectacular.
Now, for the next-step adventurous – and this is really exciting – Seacoast Helicopters also offers “Dream Flights” where they put you through a training course that schools you enough to take the controls and fly the helo yourself. This doesn’t mean just holding a stationary stick for a few seconds, but actually flying the thing for quite some time! It even includes your getting to do take-offs, landing and hovering. Again, don’t worry, your pilot won’t let you get into trouble, they’re right there with override controls, but you really do get to do it all! (Squeeeeeeee!)
Though they operate 7 days a week, they do need reservations. They’ll try to accommodate short notice, but if you can plan ahead a day or so, all the better.
This is definitely something on the Outstanding list of things to do. (603) 373-8743. Or check out their website at www.seacoasthelos.com.