Booked with Papillon but actually flew with Grand Canyon Helicopters. Booked and paid 4 months in front the top price for a private = 4 adults only, Ecostar 45 minute trip. My credit card was fully charged at the time of the booking. All had a great views but obviously the two front seat passengers get the wow seats. The pilot was very pleasant and made the effort to personalise what to her must be Ground Hog Day repeat repeat experience. These days the first 1/5 and the last 1/5 of the trip is away from the rim over pine forest but this would save all those on the ground from having the near continual chatter of overhead choppers. The 9 am departure worked out well for lighting and photography and potential thermal turbulance. No bags or loose items are quite correctly allowed so I stuck with a 17-40 mm lens on my full frame Canon 5d III and this was fine with no polariser filter. I used a high 800 ISO and tried to shoot mainly around 1/2000 second. Some stray reflections on the window glass.
Amazing views and well worth the booking effort, the Ecostar option and extra price so that every one had a good view.
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