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FAQ | Emerald Executive Helicopters

Updated: Jul 26, 2021

How many passengers can fly at one time?

Our helicopter(s) can take up to 6 passengers at one time, weight permitting.

Can I arrange a special event?

Absolutely! We would love to be a part of your special occasion. Please arrange this in advance through our contact form or email Some things we can arrange are proposals, bachelorette parties, charity events, golf ball drops, family reunions, birthdays, deceased ash spreading, music videography, professional photoshoot, and more!

Will we see any marine life on our flight?

We cannot guarantee any marine life, but your chances are very high! It is the Gulf of Mexico after all.

Can I take pictures in the air?

Please do! We encourage pictures, and while you’re at it, tag us on social media with the hashtag #heyemeraldheli and on Instagram @emerald_heli

I want to fly but I don’t have anyone to fly with me. What can I do?

Not a problem! As long as you are an adult over the age of 18, we can take you flying. Just give us a call to make your booking. We may not be able to fly you exactly when you want, but we will make every effort to fit you on a flight as close to your desired time as possible.

Can kids fly?

Of course, we love kids! Children over 24 months must have their own ticket and seat in the helicopter.

What is the maximum weight per passenger?

The maximum individual weight is 300 pounds. Customers over 300 pounds must purchase two seats. The maximum weight for all passengers combined is 1,200 pounds.

Why do I have to buy two seats if I weigh more than 300 pounds?

Individuals over 300 pounds tend to occupy two seats. Purchasing two seats allows for a more comfortable experience, and also prevents safety concerns involving the passenger next to you not being able to access their seatbelt.

How long does the flight last?

The total experience time for the Beachfront Signature flight is around one hour with roughly 15 minutes of flight time. The total experience time for the PCB Executive flight is around one and a half hours with roughly 30 minutes of flight time. 

I represent a local business. Can we work with you?

Absolutely! Send us an email and we’ll see what we can do:

Is the helicopter safe?

Extremely safe. On average, helicopters are safer than airplanes!

How long have the pilots been flying?

All of our pilots have at least six years of aviation experience.

Can I fly the helicopter?

Sorry! Only our employed, professional pilots are allowed to operate the aircraft.

My family member has an oxygen tank. Can they bring it on the helicopter?

No, unfortunately we cannot permit any combustible pressurized tanks on board the helicopter.

My family member is in a wheelchair. Can they still fly?

Absolutely! As long as a fully capable family member accompanies them and is willing to accept all responsibility for them in the event of an emergency.

Can I hold my camera/GoPro outside of the helicopter?

For safety reasons, no objects are permitted out of the windows while the helicopter is in the air. This includes: phones, cameras, selfie sticks, and GoPros.

Is the flight scary?

You will not be going on a thrill ride, you’ll be taking a scenic tour of some of the most beautiful beaches in the world!

Can I sit up front?

The decision of who gets to sit up front is ultimately dependent on the pilot and aircraft weight and balance. Passengers over a certain weight may not be able to sit up front depending on the weights of other passengers. Children the pilot deems disruptive, unsafe, or touchy will not be permitted to sit in front.

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