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Old April 28th, 2003, 10:52 AM
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How strict are the helicopter weight restrictions?

This morning i weighed in at a svelt 242 pounds...all muscle of course...but that was without my daily allotment of clothing, that has to be 7 pounds or so

and....

i am leaving saturday for a week before the cruise on the 18th, so i am sure i am likely to gain a couple of pounds in that week

and to make matters worse

i wanted to take the helicopter flight in Juneau where we do not get into port until Thursday the week of the cruise, so i am sure i will gain 3 or 4 pounds on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesay

how do i know all this? Because i gained 8.5 pounds in two weeks in January with a combined golf/cruise holiday...

so as you can see...with street clothes...and trying to be realistic here...i may weigh in on fight day....ooops...i mean flight day at about 255 pounds or so.

does anyone know if this definitely means i would have to pay the blubber premium of about 50%?

if it is too dicey then i will take the float plane misty fjiords instead and not worry about all of this....

ha...i even notice now that the sea kayaking has a weight restriction of 250 as well, guess they figure i couldn't get my body into that hole

just as an aside...no one who knows me think that i weigh this much

thanks in advance

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Old April 29th, 2003, 03:35 AM
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Default Re: helicopter weight restrictions

They are strict, but you seem to be right on the cusp. It would be difficult to predict the outcome. You might contact the heli company direct and see what the true policy is for your needs.
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Old April 29th, 2003, 06:57 AM
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Default Re: helicopter weight restrictions

I wanted to do the Helo also. I'm at 240, too. I think we'll be O.K from what I've read.
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Old April 29th, 2003, 08:35 AM
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They took me and, guess what, I also weigh 240!
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Old April 29th, 2003, 11:40 AM
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Gary,

did they weigh you first or just take your word for it?

did you see them weighing anyone?

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Old April 30th, 2003, 07:46 AM
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They took my word for it. (I also think they are pretty good at guessing your weight.) Most of the helicopters that they use are either Aerostars or Bell 412's (twin engine). They are not as weight critical as earlier model helicopters. They may assign you to a particular seat for balance, but will be able to carry you just the same. Have a wonderful flight!
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gary....thanks much appreciated
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