Helicopter Tour Safety Tips

Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on May 28, 2015 in Aviation Accident News

Helicopter tours are fun and exciting adventures that can allow you to see Las Vegas in a whole new way. Unfortunately, these can also be fraught with danger for the unwary. It is important to observe in detail any safety procedures you can to make sure that when you go on an airborne tour of the city, you avoid potential injury and disaster. Here are some important helicopter safety tips to follow to remain out of harm's way.

Listen to the Briefing

Your pilot should always give you a safety briefing. During this presentation, the pilot will explain what you can expect of him -- and what he expects from you. He will give specific directions for entering and exiting the helicopter, when to buckle up, when to remain in your seat, and when you can move around. Pay close attention to these instructions and follow them to the letter.

Rotors are Deadly

It may look like the rotors are plenty high enough to not present a danger. This is not the case. Many people every year are seriously injured by spinning helicopter rotors. When you approach the vehicle, come from the front so that you can see the rotors and the pilot can see you. Approach the helicopter in a crouched position to allow for plenty of head room between you and the rotors. Keep your arms and hands at your sides. Do not gesture or point. Treat the rotors as you would any serious danger.

Know the Safety Zones

Helicopters have safety zones. You should be aware of these so that when you approach or leave the vehicle you are protected from danger. The front right and front left zones are the safest place to be when outside of the copter. Your pilot will outline his preferences for you during the safety briefing.

Secure Your Belongings

Make sure that any loose or light items are well secured. Hats and other loose items can easily blow away from the strong winds created by an active helicopter. Just as importantly, remember that if you do lose an item, let it go. Do not reach for it or chase it. This can open you up to serious injury. No matter how much you love your ball cap, if it blows off your head, just let it go. Better to lose a hat than a hand.

Move Slowly and Carefully

In rare occasions, you may need to exit the vehicle before it has come to a complete landing. Your pilot will let you know if this is the case, and will instruct you on exactly how to exit. Move slowly and carefully, keeping safety in mind at all times.

If You Are Injured

If you are injured in an accident, try to stay calm. Seek medical attention and do not sign anything. Call a Las Vegas personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Having a lawyer in your corner will ensure that someone represents your rights and enables you to get any medical treatments or damages that you deserve. If you think representation could help you, give us a call today.