Airevents From Germany, joined Jan 2002, 941 posts, RR: 2 Posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3672 times:
as I will be travelling to the Grand Canyon shortly, I would be happy about information regarding the different operators offering sightseeing flights there. What experiences have you made? Who can you recommend?
Flew with them to the canyon and it was awesome, really was good fun! Large panoramic windows so doesn't matter where you sit you'll get a good view, you can also put on some headphones to listen about the history of the canyon etc, really was good!
F9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5498 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3559 times:
I have taken the Vista to GCN. It was a nice ride.
I also took Heli USA to the canyon via helicopter. I will tell you that was the best ever. Not sure if they still can land in the canyon anymore, but I did in 1998. I got out, touched the Colorado River, and enjoyed the views. During this time, the pilot was preparing our Champagne brunch. Sat down and had the best little meal in the canyon. THAT WAS THE BEST EVER! And I got it for about $30.00. Not sure, but you might give them a call and see if you can snatch a deal!
Caboclo From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 203 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3429 times:
I've never flown any of them, but I did work in Vegas for a year. My impression is that Scenic and Vision are easily the best of the fixed wing operators, don't even consider anyone else. I believe both of those operate out of North Las Vegas, and possibly Phoenix as well. I can't remember any specifics about the helicopter operators, but I agree that the chopper would be more fun. I think at least one of them operates right off the Strip.
Runway31 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3402 times:
I did the trip to the canyon 5 years ago sitting up front in a HeliUSA Squirrel. It was awaesome going over the edge of the canyon as we were at about 300 feet agl and the pilot did not tell us the canyon was coming up. Pictures and TV do not do the scene justice. It has got to be seen to be believed.
I am going to Vegas again in August and have booked to fly from North Las Vegas with Scenic. This involves a return flight and a coach trip along the south rim and I got myself and my wife on a 2 for 1 deal for $299 for the both of us.
To say that I am looking forward to it is an understatement.
Flyboy7974 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 1540 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3400 times:
are you traveling from LAS or will you already be in the Grand Canyon area? listed above are your obvious choices from LAS, I don't think anybody mentioned Vision Air as well from the North Las Vegas airport. Otherwise, let's look at if you are in the Canyon vicinity. If directly in Grand Canyon, you'll most likely be on the south rim where the airport is. The airport is just 2-3 miles south of the canyon in the community of Tusayan. From there, I have flown the Twin Otters of Grand Canyon Air which was a great flight. Only problem, the flight we were booked on they canceled because they didn't feel like they had enough people so we had to wait for the flight the next hour to max out the a/c. Trip was great, but I do hear that is a frequent occurence there. Also in the area are a couple helicopter operators which are most likely more personal since they don't hold as many passengers, and also on the field is Air Grand Canyon which flies high wing Cessna 206 a/c which at max hold 8 pax I think. Air Grand Canyon, based upon availability, I think they are the company that does grant airline discounts based on load factor. Another option is that Air Grand Canyon does offer flights also from Prescott, AZ and I believe there is also a company that does offer flights from either Sedona or Scottsdale, AZ if either of those are on your travel plans.
Also becoming very popular, tourists have been using more and more the Grand Canyon Railway which departs Williams, AZ just south of the canyon on I40 by about 60 miles or so. Historical trainride north to the canyon, and from there, numerous packages are offered to fill your day from a hiking tour down into the canyon to an IMAX package to a flight package to an overnight dinner/hotel package. Train returns mid evening.
Let me know if you need anymore help, I live in Prescott which is just under a two hour from the canyon