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Doors On or Off? Choosing Your Helicopter Ride’s Intensity

You may not know this, but many helicopter tour companies offer two variations in the aerial sightseeing tours they offer. You can choose between doors off and doors on. It may not seem like a big difference to people who’ve never been on a helicopter ride, but it is.

Helicopter rides with the doors on are considered a beginner level in chopper rides for leisure. Most adrenaline lovers would never dream of being in one with the doors on. So for all of you out there wondering which option you should be choosing, let’s get to it!

What Doors Off Feels Like

The most common question associated with a doors-off ride is whether it’s safe. The quick answer is yes.

The longer answer is that we have to assess the risks ourselves. There’s always a risk of an unforeseen incident whenever we get on an aircraft, whether it’s a plane or even a hot air balloon. You can ensure you hire a reliable helicopter company and follow the safety instructions to a T.

Doors off helicopter rides have a lot more wind blowing through, and it can get very noisy. You’ll also be exposed to the outside air, which can get very cold. However, the exhilarating feeling of being in the air is unmatched.

The Pros of Doors On Helicopter Tours

No book says a helicopter adventure has to happen without doors, though. If you feel nervous about having the doors off, you should stay safe and cozy in a closed helicopter.

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A closed helicopter offers you protection from the outside, which is perfect for winter months when it gets too cold to move sometimes. You’ll still be able to see all the sights through the window, and conversation will be a lot easier!

How To Make The Decision

At the end of the day, both options have their benefits and drawbacks. What you need to assess is what you want and what you can handle. If you’re a person who likes adventure, the doors off option sounds appropriate. Someone who feels nervous about flying should stick to the comfortable option of a closed-door ride.

It also helps to think about the mood you’re trying to set. For example, a romantic date on a helicopter isn’t possible with the strong draft of an open door ride. On the other hand, if you’re looking to take some fantastic pictures, you might want to give yourself some more access by asking for an open door chopper.

Either way, our team at Fly Venture would be happy to assist you. We provide both options for our aviation sightseeing tours of Naples, Tampa and Sarasota in FL. Call us at (844) 359-8368 to book a tour!