Here is a video of our AS-350 taking off from Boulder City Airport. You can find more videos like this on my youtube channel, MartinsAviation1:
Powering up in the helicopter and taking off for the first time was pretty incredible. It was a lot more smooth than I thought it would be! We took off from KBVU and flew East, towards the Grand Canyon.
Just a minute or two after taking off, we flew over the Hoover Dam. We'd visited the dam early in the day, even going on a tour inside of it! It was awesome to see from the air.
Continuing East, we flew over more of Lake Mead, heading towards the Western edge of the Grand Canyon. Flying over Lake Meade, as you can see in some of the photos below, one notices where the muddy Colorado River enters the blue waters of the lake. The silt settles shortly after the estuary, leaving Lake Meade it's blue color.
We flew over a little airport named Pearce Ferry (L25), which is situated atop a Mesa just West of the Grand Canyon. The airport is really incredible. Runway 01 ends just before the edge of a massive cliff.
Entering the Grand Canyon and seeing it up-close for the first time is something I'll never forget. The colors of the surrounding rocks during sunset are indescribable.
From the helicopter, to our right, we could see the new Grand Canyon skywalk and the Grand Canyon West Airport. (I was glad that we didn't have to drive 4 hours each way from Las Vegas to see the canyon)
A few minutes later, we made our U-Turn and headed back out the canyon, where we came from. As we were turning, I looked down and saw quite a few helicopters from other (more expensive) tours which landed in the bottom of the canyon.
Leaving the Grand Canyon was sad. While our time there wasn't super long, it was enough to get a good sense for the enormity of the park. I can't wait to go back one day and see another section of it! Here are some more photos on the way back to Boulder City. You can see another amazing desert airport below (Temple Bar U30):
Thanks to all of the people at Papillon Helicopters! My first flight in a helicopter was an amazing experience, I might have to take a flight lesson in one sometime soon!