Cape Fear Regional Jetport - Oak Island, NC  |  Tel: 910.477.1926  | Email: info@hightidehelicopters.com

FAQ

FAQ ABOUT TOURS

Are headsets provided?

Yes. We provide noise reducing headsets to protect your hearing and also so passengers can communicate with each other and the pilot.

What should I wear/do I need a jacket?

Our helicopter is equipped with air conditioning for your comfort. Even with the air conditioning it still can get warm in the cabin so we suggest wearing light clothing.

Can I bring my phone or camera?

Yes. We encourage you to take as many pictures as you like so you can share your memories with family and friends.

Will the pilot explain to me what I see on the tour?

Yes. The pilot will narrate the tour and explain the history and significance of the sights during the flight.

Is there an age limit/minimum age?

The passenger should have had their 3rd birthday and be able to be buckled into the seat.

Are gift certificates available?

Yes. Gift certificates can be purchased on site or over the phone. Gift certificates purchased by phone can be emailed to you for your convenience.

Do I need to make a reservation?

We offer tours on a walk-in basis, but we do recommend making a reservation to help minimize your wait time.

Will I get to see the ocean and the beach?

Yes. All of our tours fly over the ocean and the beach. It is very likely we will see a variety of sea life, such as dolphins, sharks, and sea turtles.

FAQ ABOUT LEARNING TO FLY HELICOPTERS

Do you need to have an airplane license before learning to fly a helicopter?

No. In fact, previous flight experience is not necessary to obtain a helicopter pilot’s license. Many airplane pilots choose to cross-train and get an ‘add-on’ rating in helicopters. Much of the book knowledge between the two aircraft is transferable while several of the specific airplane maneuvers must be ‘unlearned’.

Is a helicopter harder or easier to fly than an airplane?

Trainer style helicopters cannot fly themselves or be trimmed-out. Because of this, a helicopter pilot is always working the controls to keep the machine in a safe flight attitude. Once airborne, an airplane can pretty much fly on its own. Flying helicopters is a ‘hands-on’ task as soon as the engine is started. Though stabilized hovering is one of the hardest maneuvers of helicopter flight training initially, once it is accomplished and combined with other maneuvers, there is no aircraft that can equal the freedom and maneuverability of a helicopter, which is capable of flying forward, sideways, backward and straight up!

Can a helicopter continue flying if the engine quits?

Yes. Even though an engine failure is very uncommon, the maneuverability of a helicopter during an engine-out situation is excellent and unmatched by any other type of aircraft. The Robinson R-22, like most helicopters, is equipped with a “free-wheeling clutch mechanism”. This belt-driven clutch assembly allows for separation of the transmission and engine. In the event of an engine problem, the pilot can adjust pitch in the main rotor blades such that they continue to spin while the helicopter descends to the ground at a safe speed. The landing area required in these situations is much smaller than that required by an airplane.

How often should I fly?

We’re flexible to work around your schedule. It’s not a problem if you would like to take your time and pursue your training over several months. Want to get it done as quickly as possible so you can begin your career as a helicopter pilot? We can work you in. It’s up to you and your instructor to decide how to best accomplish your goals.

Is flying a helicopter fun?

There is no other type of aircraft available today that offers the freedom of a helicopter. The ability to stop and hover and/or fly at lower altitudes are all a part of a helicopter pilot’s dream. You too can be a part of that dream. So come on, let’s go fly!!!