It sounds like a cliche, at first glance. Don't other companies follow the same standards so you can relax and enjoy a unique flying experience? Yes, with very few exceptions. But it only takes one "exception" exceptions.Unfortunately, it only takes one bad experience to erase that image -- a daredevil pilot, for instance, out to give you a thrill by chasing sheep, or executing a tricky air maneuvre while you lose your lunch. Some pilots even con a few extra bucks out of their more adventurous customers to provide them with added excitement, despite strict FAA regulations designed to curtail pilots from becoming the Red Baron for a few, exhilarating moments.
Heli USA is not "other companies." When we claim to put customer service and safety first, we back it up with performance. Take flying the Grand Canyon:
1. Heli USA has safely flown 1.3 milion passengers from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon and back, and we'd like to think this is for starters.
2. To fly below the rim of the Grand Canyon, in a three-dimensional world, requires skilled pilots who fly by the book, following FAA safety regulations to the letter. Thrill rides are strictly forbidden, as are steep turns and sudden descents. No deviations from set routes are permitted, and pilots must not fly lower than 500 ft.
3. As safety is so critical to us, we've put strong operational procedures in place that often exceed FAA standards. Heli USA pilots must pass the company's rigorous, standardized tests every year; and they must be certified yearly by the FAA if they plan to enter Grand Canyon Airspace! Any commercial pilot, or airline company, can land or takeoff in any airport in the U.S. without FAA approval. Not one can enter Grand Canyon Airspace without special training and authorization from the FAA!
4. There has not been a single helicopter or fixed wing aircraft accident in the Special Use Grand Canyon Airspace since 1987 -- an incredible record when you figure the enormous number of people who've flown through the Grand Canyon since then.
And Heli USA aims to keep it that way.
For reservations and information, we're at heliusa.com. Or call Toll Free 1-800-359-8727. In Las Vegas 702-736-8787.
Heli USA also owns and operates one of the West's historic cattle and guest ranches, with buffalo, Corriente cattle, horseback riding, and some of the friendliest cowboys on Earth. You can find us at grandcanyonranch.com.