Las Vegas - Helicopter Flight to Grand Canyon

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  1. better dead than red

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    I had a school teacher that was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. The way he explained it to us was a helicopter is 1000 parts all banging around trying to knock the other parts to pieces. Doesn't sound very reassuring.

    If anyone is in Arizona and wants to see the canyon there's a train from Sedona that takes you to the canyon and from there a coach tour. It's supposed to be quite good.
     
  2. Blue Til Death

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    Was on my bucket list that, will still do Vegas but no way will I step foot in a helicopter.!
     
  3. Prestwich_Blue

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    The job of the pilot in a helicopter is basically to stop the centrifugal force of the main rotor from simply spinning it round and round at great speed, which would shake it to pieces.

    The Grand Canyon train goes from Williams, which is just west of Flagstaff, not Sedona. Sedona is well worth a visit in itself though for the spectacular Red Rocks.
     
  4. better dead than red

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    My mistake about the train. My parents have done it and are taking my children this spring. They stay in Sedona the night before they catch the train. I've always just assumed the train left from there. Thank you.

    So essentially, he just dumbed it down for a mob of 14 year old boys that wanted to know what it's like to be an army helicopter pilot. :)
     
  5. Bluemanc100

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    Not strictly true as they can auto-rotate but I grant you, your chances are pretty slim if over the Grand Canyon
     
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    Looking at the terrain at the crash site it's amazing that anyone survived, let alone walked away from the wreckage as reported.

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    45 mins for the first rescuers to get there on foot apparently
     
  8. Henkeman

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    Even slimmer if the engine goes on a fixed wing aircraft.
     
  9. Prestwich_Blue

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    It's a long way down, the weather was poor and the trails aren't great. I'd say that was pretty quick really under the circumstances. The western end is more remote than the central, touristy bit.
     
  10. alib

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    I did it on a small aircraft - 10 seater - some years ago - can't remember the cost but it was cheaper than a helicopter
     

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