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Old March 26th, 2006, 04:08 PM
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Excursion. First trip and I know I need to take a flight tour. I am prone to motion sickness but will probably have the patch.
But which is more stable? Float plane or helicopter
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Old March 27th, 2006, 12:32 AM
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Helicopters are less prone to turbulence than fixed wing aircraft. they are, as you say, more "stable", less motion, but more of a feeling of height. Also they fly much slower and have better visibility.
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Actually, I have flown in both many times, and it depends. I've been in helicopters that had a lot of movement and especially in Alaska, the priority is sightseeing, in which you get more dips and over all, less "direct" routing. I've also been in plenty of planes that did the same thing, plenty of dips for sightseeing views etc.

If you are wearing the trans derm scop, this should take care of any motion sickness problem, consult your MD. And with your motion sickness concern, you may be best to consider it for the entire trip, I've seen plenty of sick passengers on Alaska cruises. It is pure myth that these sailings are "smooth as glass".
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JFH,
I have been flying and riding in small fixed wing aircraft for almost 50 years, and have ridden in a couple of dozen helicopters, logging over a hundred hours in rotary wing craft. Contrary to what the last poster said, it doesn't "depend." Choppers are inherently more stable especially in rough air than fixed wing airplanes. They handles "bumps" better because they generally hit them at speeds of 50 to 75 mph instead of 150 or so.
It is generally not the "dips" for sightseeing that cause those prone to airsickness to be woozy. It is tight turns (with the G forces they produce,) and rough air. Both are minimized to a significant degree in a helicopter. Indeed it is the ability to handle these things at a lower speed that is the very reason why they use them for sightseeing trips as opposed to the far less expensive fixed wing airplanes.
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Ryndam, 35 day S. Am., Antarctica, '03
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OK thanks for the technical info. Bottom line, in Alaska, I have seen sick passengers on BOTH modes of travel, no way to predict which will cause problems with someone. So for general info, it is best to take precautions if needed. It is a costly trip and time stands still if you get ill.
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