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Helpful Tips for the Nervous Flier

March 2, 2017 Leave your thoughts

It’s bound to happen every once in a while. We get a group or family who’s all excited and can’t wait to take off on their helicopter tour in Montana, except for that one person who feels a little nervous about flying.

Just because our passion is to be thousands of feet up in the air doesn’t mean that everyone feels the same way. So if you’re the person in your group who feels a little scared about flying, we get it. It’s not that you don’t want to join your friends on this once-in-a-lifetime experience, but flying has always made you a bit nervous. Our pilots are here to answer any questions or address any “what ifs” you might have to make sure you’re 100 percent comfortable before takeoff, but in the meantime, here are a few tried and true tips to help you feel confident for your flight:

  • Don’t conceal your fear: Just because everyone else is excited doesn’t mean that you should feel pressured into concealing your fear. Try talking to someone in your group or family before going up. If you don’t want to do that, feel free to mention it to your pilot. Just a simple “I’m a little nervous about this” is a good way to give the pilot an opportunity to talk about it with you and you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel just letting someone know.
  • Work at eliminating the fears you can: Think of the specific things you’re afraid of about your helicopter tour. Are you afraid the craft might malfunction? Do you not trust the pilot? Are there any unknowns that make you wary? Once you’ve made your list, work at checking those items off. For example, if you’re worried about the safety of our helicopter, we can tell you all the steps and maintenance procedures we take on before each flight. If you’re concerned about the pilot, we can talk about our extensive training. We understand that this won’t remove your fear completely, but rationalizing through the fears you have can definitely help.
  • Don’t do anything you don’t want to do: Pushing yourself to do something you want to do, even if it’s challenging, is different from forcing yourself to do something you just don’t want to do. If you really don’t want to go on a helicopter tour of Montana, we understand, and your group will too. There are plenty of other fun things to do in the area. No pressure.

Of course, we love Montana and love sharing an aerial view of our beautiful state with everyone, so the team at Rocky Mountain Rotors will do everything we can to ensure that your helicopter tour in Montana is a pleasant experience. You can rest assured that our helicopters are 100 percent safe, our pilots are extensively trained and we’ve never had an incident in all the years we’ve been in business. But if you have any questions, feel free to give us a call. We’ll be more than happy to address any concerns you have!

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