We listen to people every day when they call ask about the difference between Airplane and Helicopter Tours. We wrote this article to bring up some great points to the person making the decisions.
1. Dollar for Dollar you get more Aerial Tour with an Airplane. Helicopters are exceptionally expensive to maintain and that brings up the cost of the tour. Helicopters are very safe, but since they don't fly like traditional airplanes they cost much more to keep up to that high level for passengers. On the contrary, airplanes are inherently stable and very simply when you compare the complexities of the Helicopter operations.
2. You get to FLY an Airplane! At least with Sky Tours we offer our passengers 'You Fly' options were they get to get a mini-flight lesson from their Instructor qualified Tour pilot. All our Tour Pilots are extremely experienced Flight Instructors too. Many of our pilots have been flying for 30 years or more. Unfortunately Helicopters are EXTREMELY difficult to fly and they will never let you try, my rare helicopter simulator experiences were never very pretty.
3. That Sensation of Flight will exhilarate You. I have never felt that in a helicopter. The feeling of flying through the air is something of its own. Especially in our biplanes off shore La Jolla or Point Loma. The air is just glasses smooth and the double wings of the aircraft just slip through the air like butter. (You can see why I am a pilot I guess).
We want everyone to get up in the air in San Diego either way. Please Book with us and take and extra 15% off with promo code: FlyNow. Some of my best friends are helicopter pilots and I feel that Helicopters in Hawaii are the perfect aircraft. In Hawaii, especially the islands, there are very few airports. If clouds, or bad weather roll in then you can just sit it down anywhere. In San Diego, we have airports all over the place! On our tours we are seem to be over an airport every 5 minutes.