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Panama Canal helicopter tours are the best way to see the entire scope of the original construction and the newer expansion project.
Helicopters usually depart from the airport in Albrook near the Canal. Other possible pickup points are the helipad at the Miramar Intercontinental Hotel and at the airfield in Colon.
Panama's growing helicopter fleet includes 3, 4, 5, and 6 passenger aircraft.
Other popular tour destinations are San Blas where the Bachelor TV show and Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue was filmed and the Perlas Islands for in-season whale watching.
Be sure to ask about the registration number of the aircraft. All licensed and approved charter helicopters (and airplanes) will have letters after their registration numbers. For example: HP1111SX.
Some charter operators have pilots who speak little English and some use English for aviation only. Others are bi-lingual and two speak German well enough to do excellent tours.