FlyNYON Review – New York Helicopter Tour with the Doors Off!

Honestly it never really occurred to me there was something terrifying about Flying in a Helicopter with the doors off. I just figured I would get better Pictures. It was one of these situations where things start to dawn as it gets nearer. When Friends and Family start calling you crazy. When at the Hanger You are constantly asked “Are You Nervous?”, “How are you feeling”and “Just stay calm and try and Enjoy it”. It all starts to add up. You will be perched on a tiny seat, suspended in a bumpy Helicopter 2000ft above New York City…Oh C***

FlyNYON Statue of Liberty
Statue Of Liberty

In Our FlyNYON Review, we take a look at this company who are the only ones to off New York Helicopter Tours with the Doors Off. This thrilling and unique experience offers the chance to really see New York from a unique perspective. But it Doesn’t come cheap and is not for the faint-hearted so we grabbed our cameras and jumped aboard to see what it is REALLY like to hang half out of a helicopter above the concrete jungle of NYC!


Who are FlyNYON and What are their Helicopter “Tours” about.

When researching our latest trip to New York we came across FlyNYON on Instagram. Posting amazing shots of New York Iconic landmarks from incredible angles and just knew we had to experience this. 

FlyNYON offer the incredible experience of flying in a Helicopter over Manhattan without the doors on the Aircraft! Why? Well the big issue with helicopter tours is the view out the windows are often partly obscured and this make photography and sightseeing less enjoyable. Without the doors you are getting the full uniterupted view of the city.

The Other BIG advantage of these tours are they are classed as Photographic operations and as such fall outside of the very restricted flight rules imposed on the sight seeing operators. This is all very complicated but the upshot is most helicopter flights have a set route to fly that stays over the water at all times. FlyNYON’s flights can operate over Manhattan giving incrible close up views of the Cities best land marks. 

The Routes offered by FlyNYON simply blow the other operators out of the water. But at what cost? 

Prices

Unfortunately, these are not Cheap Flights! The Doors off start at $219 Per person and you will be sharing your helicopter with someone else. While the Doors off flights are better value, they run up against some serious competition with the Manhattan-based outfits that don’t require a trip to Kearny and don’t incur the same loss of flight time flying two and from Kearny. 

Doors Off

  • Doors Off – NYC Classic – 30-33 Mins – $499 Per Seat
  • Doors Off – NYC Experience 16-19 Mins – $219 Per seat

Doors On

  • Doors On – NYC Intro – 12-15 Mins – $129 Per Seat 
  • Doors Off – NYC VIP – 24-27 Mins – $219 Per Seat
  • Doors Off – NYC Gran – 36-39 Mins – $369 Per Seat

Discount Codes

It is Worth mentioning FlyNYON offer Many discount codes on their flights. We follow them on Twitter and we constantly see 20-50% off codes offered throughout the year. We are not affiliated with NYON in any way so can’t offer the code ourselves but make sure you follow them and only buy when there is a good offer on. We have seen 50% around Black Friday and the Holidays and 40% is the most we saw at other times of the year.

They also offer some good discounts when flying off-peak. in total we paid 
$495.00 for two seats on a Classic Doors Off!  That’s $247.50 each. Not bad for a $499 list price. That was Off Peak and using a 40% off code.

Experience

One the best ways to Describe the flight is with a video. We recorded the whole thing on our Go Pro in 4k so you can see the full flight from engines on to touch down. We have sped up the slightly less interesting bits.

As you can see from the above video. It was quite an experience, however, the actual flight is only part of the day and it does little to explain what it really feels like. So read on for our full review on Flying over New York in an open-cabined Helicopter is really like.

Getting There

FlyNYON Operates out of Kearny Heliport in New Jersy. This is a bit of a pain for multiple reasons. One it’s pretty hard to get to, certainly in terms of time. And it’s a good 3/4 mins flight from the Heliport to Manhattan. This pretty much rules out the shorter NYC Experince Flight as you will almost be turning around before you get there. However for the NYC Classic you still get plenty of time over NYC to take in the views of all the best Landmarks. 

Getting there is the biggest issue, and it takes a good hour on Public Transport and possibly even longer in a cab. And if you don’t get there 1hr15Mins before the flight they cancel it! 

This all adds quite a bit of stress to the pre-flight process. We got to Penn station NY 2Hrs45Mins prior too our flight giving us a good 1hr30 to make the journey. We took the NJ Transit to Penn Station Newark and then Hopped in an UBER for the connection to Kearny. It was $10.50 (Two trip) on the NJ Transit and the Uber was around $7-8. In the total, it took us around an hour so we were in plenty of time to relax at the Hanger

If you are not an Uber User you can get a cab to pick you up from Newark Penn Station Instead and can arrange for one to take you back their too to avoid the LONG cab journey from Manhattan. 

It is worth noting that FlyNYON Offer a full transport service from most Manhattan Hotels. While this is costly it probably isn’t too bad compared with a cab and the bonus is they will NOT cancel your flight is you are late as the Onus is on them to get you there. We opted to take public transport to you understand what is entailed.

Hanger

FlyNYON’s Hanger is not actually at Kearny Heliport but the final connection is provided by them once all kitted up. Instead, they are based in shiny new Premises on Kearny point industrial park. Here you can relax before the flight, check out their NYC Flight simulator or get some advice from the resident Photo Expert/Camera Rental.

With about 45 mins to go we were called into our briefing. Here you watch a short video and then a quick question and answer session on the upcoming flight. This is mainly from a safety point of view. Explaing how the flight operates, the safety and restraint systems and what you are and are not allowed to take with you. 

You are allowed two photographic devices and this included your phone. The must both be securely attached and you can not take selfie sticks or anything you can extend out of the cabin. If you are taking your phone they will provide a Wrist grip for you to attach the phone too. Clothing and shoes must all be securely fitted. So, no slip-on shoes, or hats. Essentially you are not allowed anything that could fly out of the cabin…because it WILL.

Any Valuables and loose items are stowed away in secure lock boxes and then you are fitted with your climbing harnesses. In the Helicopter you have two harnesses. A standard Car style 3 point and Climbin Tether with Quickrelease. The Tether does very little to stop you falling out the helicopter, it just stops you falling ver far. We were required to have a couple of goes at undoing the quuck release by touch alone just incase we needed to in an emergency. 

It is during these briefings and being constantly asked if we were ok and not too nervous that the nerves did start kicking in. It was also around this time one of our fellow cabinmates began kicking off! He believed he had booked a private tour and the fact he would have “strangers” in the helicopter with him meant he had been misled! From our point of view, it was very clear we would be in a mixed occupant cabin and can’t for the life of us think why he believed any different. He really was very unpleasant about the whole thing and went as far as saying if he had known he wouldn’t have booked. Not wanting to upset someone we were about to be in an open cabined aircraft with we didn’t antagonize him too much.

Once all fitted up we were led to the shuttle for the final hop to the Heliport. Here we would be introduced to our Pilot and given our alotted seats.

Helicopter, Seating Position and View

One of the things most people worry about is the seating in the Helicopter. As we said the one of the Gent’s in our helicopter was under the illusion he would have the chopper to himself and his companion. But most people who have read even a little on the FlyNYON Site know you will be in a shared cabin. 

This means there is the issue of who gets what seats. FlyNYON Say there are no BAD seats. And while we agree, some seats are still better than others. 

FlyNYON's Bell 206l LongRanger  Seat Layout
FlyNYON’s Bell 206l Long Ranger  Seat Layout

They Claim that seats are automatically assigned by computer bases entirely on weight. We don’t believe this and it is simply an excuse to avoid confrontation about who is sitting where. It makes no sense to asign seats soley on weight and balance as this would spoil the flight for most people. I was with my Wife Katie and He was there with his companion and the two other sharing the flight were solo riders. It only makes sense to keep me and Kate together, him and her together and the Solo riders fitting in the gaps, such as up front. This is exactly what happened so in our minds there is a human intervention at some point.

As a pilot myself (Fixed wing), I know the importance of weights and Balance, I also know there are tolerances and you do not need perfection. 

The Layout of the Bell 206L Long Rangers used can be seen above. As you can see it’s three accros the back facing forward, two opossite and one up front with the Pilot. 

obviously the best seat in the house is the one up-front with the pilot. This was assigned to a Solo Rider. The middle back is one of the worst. You are not exposed to the outside and might as well not be on a Doors-off flight. This was the seat assigned to Kate and actually was pretty perfect for here as we both agree the intense exposure of the outer seats would have been a bit much.

I was assigned the Outside left, with one of the Solo riders opposite me. The Outside Right was given to grumpy’s female Companion. These three are all excelnt seats. The Grump guy himself was stuck in the right-hand rear facing seat. This is the worst seat and actually has a solid unremovable part of the helicopter between him and the outside. Basically Doors On. We do hope this was a last minute change by the Crew to “Acomodate” his attitude but who know it might just be Karma.

The big issue with all this is there is absolutely no way to know, impact or alter this assignment in any way. You don’t even know how many people will be in the helicopter with you. The minimum is 3 but as we were at an “Off-Peak” time and every helicopter leaving was packed it’s likely to be at least 5 or 6. This leaves you with no option but to cross your fingers and pray.

Flight 

Once in our assigned seats and securely tethered to the helicopter the Pilot jumped in and began firing up the engines and negotiating with Air Traffic Control. This is when you truly begin to appreciate the precarious nature of your current predicament. You start to look down and think hmmmm that will soon be a 2000ft drop…

You are perched right on the edge with seemingly very little to stop you falling out. Yes you have a 3point belt on but it’s not tight and dosen’t provide the feeling of security. And while you are strapped into a climbin harness that is securly tethered to the aircraft, It too provide no feelind of security. YOU CAN NOT FALL OUT, but I was havng a hard time convincing the primitive part of my brain of this fact.

Too late now as the Chopper lifted off and we were away on our trip of a lifetime over New York City.

Wind Wind Wind

It is impossible to talk about this flight without mentioning the WIND. Everything we have read had stated the wind up there is brutal. It really can be stated strongly enough though. It was a pretty calm day with low winds on the ground but up in the air you are brutally beaten by the wind. Wind Strengthens when aloft but this was somethign else. It is the down draft from the rotors being forced into the cabin and it litterlly takes your breath away. Operating Camera’s, moving your head, even just keeping your eyes open can be impoosible when it’s at it’s strongest.

This does not help the feeling of impending doom of death by free fall. And for the first 10 mins of the flight, I was pretty useless. The Camera was getting fired off plenty but exactly what I was shooting and the chances of any of it being any good were pretty doubtful. It is essential you have your settings right (see below) before liftoff as the thought of fiddling with the camera settings was right out. It took a while before I even had the guts to alter the Zoom length! 

As the flight goes on this fear settles, the wind and the drop become more normal and you begin to enjoy it. The feet start hanging out the cabin for selfies and by the time the chopper rolled back to the Heliport I had my foot out the Cabin nonchalantly resting on the skid pan like some hardened Air Cavalry Vet…well sort of! 

FlyNYON Shoe Selfie

Route Around Manhattan

The FlyNYON Website suggests there are no Set routes and the Pilot will plan your route based  on the requirements of the passangers on the day. This is simply not true. First, really, we all want to see the same things so there is likely to be few requests other than the NYC Highlight reel. And secondly, from what I could tell from the ATC Chatter we went pretty much where ATC would allow us. 

While we had zero say, Had we being given the choice I am 99% sure everyone would pick exactly what we saw. Our route was inverse of what you usually hear about but still hit all the big New York landmarks. The Flight began with us heading alongside the I-9 towards Manhatten. We then flew up and across the Hudson and into Central Park. Here we were at fairly high altitude and had sweeping views of the park and the City Behind. 

FlyNYON Central Park

After Circling a couple of times to give both sides the best view we descended slightly and headed to mid-town for close-ups of the Empire State, Chrysler and the Sprawl of high rise buildings.

FlyNYON Empire state

Next up we headed downtown past the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge. Here we ascended for a high altitude view of the Island. This really is the Money Shot. The sort of view that made everything all worthwhile. This will Probably be the best Photo I will ever Take!

FlyNYON Money Shot

It’s important at times like this to try and pput the camera down a bit and take it all in. You are in a Helicopter, With the Doors off, high over one of the most famous Cities i nthe WORLD. That’s pretty Specia! we then headed down to get up close and personal with the Freedom Tower, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, Wall Street and the Downtown Area. 

FlyNYON Freedom tower

After Circling Downtown for a While, The Pilot requested a low-level descent into the Statue control Zone. This meant we were cleared to fly low and close to the Statue of Liberty. Down at only a few hundred feet and we made a couple of passes of the Statue was really thrilling as you could feel the bak angles as the chopper turned. Of Course getting to see the Statue from this perspective was really awesome. 

FlyNYON Statue of Liberty

Return

And that was it! We peeled away from the Statue and headed back to Kearny. I was sure we were short in time, It flew by so quickly, but the Go Pro was rolling the whole time and it showed a good 32 Mins in the Air. The Flight back was pretty great as we flew low over the docks and indutrial buldings of New Jersey before a soft landing at the heliport. 

The Buzz around the place was very different that the mood before. We Guess we were not the only nervous Passengers. No everyone was a Buzz about the incredible experience the had just gone through.

The Bus back to the Terminal took an annoyingly long time but when it finally arrived we were very glad to get into it’s heated cab. Our flight was early november and it was unseasonably warm at 61 DegF (16 DegC) but still at 2000ft with the wind howling it got a bit nippy. Any colder and you would quickly be very cold indeed. There are Cold weather policies on the Website and we suggest you check them out if you are flying Autumn/Winter/Spring

Back at the Hanger we were relieved of out Harnesses and reunited with our valuables and then that was it we were free to make our way back to New York. We simply revered the trip with an Uber to Newak Penn and then NJ Transit back to Manhattan. 

Photography Tips and Gear

I was in ten minds about what kit to use. I was taking my trusty travel Canon 100d (rebel 100) but what lens was driving me quite Crazy. I finally Narrowed it down my 11-20 f.28 (Tokina at-x 11-20mm f/2.8 pro dx) or my 17-50 f 2.8 (Sigma 18-50mm f2.8 EX DC). It is essential to have a fast lens as with all the vibration and wind fast shutter speeds are pretty important. A 2.8 Apature was going to provide this. So the only question was the Zoom Range. Did I want to the Extra reach or the ultra Wide angle? 

I didn’t feel 17mm would be wide enough but really wanted the extra reach the 50mm gives. This is my go-to lens for 90% of situations and I normally resolve the lack of wide angle with a simple Panoramic/stitch job.
So I was torn. I kept this Dilemma up, right until an hour before the flight. Still undecided I simply asked the Camera Guy at the FlyNYON camera desk. He was pretty adamant the wide lens was the best option so I
bowed to his wisdom and took the 11-20mm.

Was he Right. Yes, No Question.

Photography from the wind-strewn open cabin was extremely difficult. There is no way I would have pieced together anything resembling a Pano. A lot of the time we were probably moving too fast for a good pano anyway. I shot a lot in HDR (AEB)and even with this fast shutter repeat, I didn’t get a consistent shot angle. This meant I would have probably missed most of the best wide angle shots that I think are the best looking.

I did miss the extra range and couls have got a few excellent shots with a tighter angle but these would have been few and far between and as such the wider lens was the only choice.

Of Course I should have Taken two bodies and two len’s, but I didn’t have a spare and didn’t want the expense of renting one. And still the time whizzed by so fast and the opportunity for shots so short I would still have spent 99% of the time with the wide.

Getting good shots in the pressure cooker was an issue. For the first half of the flight most of my shots we not only hand held but single hand held. The other gripped firmly on the fusalage, holding on for dear life. While the was unnesacary as I said I ahd a hard time convincing my brain of this! As such and atteempt to change settig was out. I had to have it all dialled in and ready to go. Just snap snap snap.snap.

With this in mind I opted for Apeture Priority mode. Full Auto would have required me to alter settings on the fly. AP meant I could just have the apature wide open and the camera would take care of exposure. This led to super fast shutter speeds to try and counter the endless buffeting of the wind, the motion blur of the helicopter and my shaky one handed shooting.

While I don’t regret the AP setting I do regret sticking to 2.8 throuought. Some of the focus is softer than I want due to the narrow Depth of Focus the 2.8 inccurs. I still love my shots but wish some parts were crisper. I think with the light avaiable I could ahve got away with a narrower aperture.perture.

Basically Taking shots in the Air is hard I think I would need several trips to master this, Haivng no Idea if I will ever experience this again I wanted to ensure 100% I would have at least decent workable shots. I believe I achieved this.

Light is So important on these trips. And really our luck ran out here. It was very flat. While we had clear skies over Manhattan the sun was obscured by some high alt cloud and this made the whole city dull looking. With so much of the slyline made of glass. Reflections play a huge part in colouringthe city and with the dull light we got dull reflections. It was annoying as we were proabbly 30 mins late from incredible light before the cloud rolled in.

Our flight was at 3pm which in November was close to sunset. I had gambled on this time as a compromise between the more expensive sunset flight and still getting ,hadbit of golden hour light. It didn’t quite work out but was close.

Video

Video Wise was a simpler question. Kate would simply film the entire thing on our Go-Pro Hero 7 Black in 4k from the Middle seat to try and capture the essence of the flight experience. This meant some heavy editing as we didn’t want to feature our unwitting Chopper-mates on the video too much. 

Final Thoughts

Overall this was an experience of a lifetime. We do so many increible things on out trips, We always try and do and see the best thiongs avaialabe on our trips and always push the boundrys, but this was still right up there with one of the best an most unforgetable experiences.

There are a few irks with the way seating is assigned and the wind and terror do detract from the enjoyment a little, but without these RAW elements the experience would be nowhere near as thrilling. We wish the Heliport was closer to manhattan but this is an Air Traffic Control issue. 

There were many times in the flight where you had you just kind of pinch yourself and realise you really are perched on the edge of a helicopter looking directly down on manhattan with nothign btween you and the abyss. These are the things that will live with you forever. And hassle, issue or expense has to be worth it!

Of course, the extreme nature of this should not be understated. I am not an easily scared person. I have flown planes, dived with sharks, ridden the biggest rollercoasters etc. I am accustomed to heights and flying. And still, I was pretty terrified! For some, this would be a completely unacceptable experience. We are still a little unsure how Kate would have coped without the security of the middle seat. 

For those after a little less terror, FlyNYON offers doors on flights. However, the hassle of getting to Kearny may make these less appealing when there are many other operators offering flights from Manhattan. Check our Article on New York Helicopter Flights here.

But for the Thrill of Doors Off flights FlyNYON and their Kearny Heliport are the onlt option and well worht the pigramge!

Have Your Say

Have you flown with FlyNYON? What did you think? Was it as awesome as we make out? Did you have any issues? Just let us know in the comments below. Or if you ahve any questions about getting there? What the flight is like or anything elese you can think of just fire away below and we are happy to help. 

16 thoughts on “FlyNYON Review – New York Helicopter Tour with the Doors Off!”

  1. I’ll have to show my mother these FlyNYON tours over New York – she loves that sort of thing, but me, no chance – no head for heights or flying whatsoever! 

    If my mother was to go in a group of three to four – would they take them all in one helicopter? Also, would there be a slightly reduced price if you book as a group?

    • Hi Chris, 

      Yes all groups are kept in the same helicopter, as long as its 6 or less (anymore and there just are not enough seats)

      There is not option for a discount for groups, but you could always ask. However as we say you can get some pretty big discounts from time to time so they would unlikely discount further.

      Hope you mother likes the article and has a great flight if she decides to go for it. Shame you are afraid of flying as this would be little fun if you were just terrified the whole time.

      Thanks for reading

      Steve

  2. Jeez…I’m reading this and I’m already nervous, just thinking about it. I was scanning the article for any mention of harnesses and was initially relieved to see they had….this was short lived as you mentioned you could fall out, not far, but still fall out! It’s a little bit pricey, but I think I want to do this for next summer.

    • Hi Dave,

      The 3 point belt will stop you falling out. It just don’t restrict your moment much so don’t provide a “feeling of security” like say a roller-coaster harness does.

      The Tether is the real safety device. And yes you could technically fall out but by that we mean maybe half out at the max. We wouldn’t try it. We should stress it is perfectly safe. It just doesn’t feel like it sometimes. And the ride is pretty smooth in that respect we never felt like we were going to fall out.

      It certainly is expensive, but for such an incredible experience it is worth it if you can stretch that far.

      Thanks for reading

      Steve

  3. Hi Steve  First off hats off to the person who took the video.  I would have suspected that the ride would be bumpy and that the video would have been bouncing all over the place.  I really enjoyed the video but I don’t think I would have been brave enough to stick my foot out.My favourite picture is the one of the Statue of Liberty and my second favourite was of Central Park.I have been on a helicopter ride in Las Vegas where they take you to the Grand Canyon and land and give you a box lunch.  It was quite remarkable.  I remember one guy who was by himself was white knuckled the whole way.I don’t live in the states and the way the political climate is there right now I don’t think I am in a hurry to visit. It sounds like an amazing adventure except for the ride getting there.

    • Hi Maureen.

      I will pass on your compliments to Kate, My Wife, she did a great job with the video.

      We have never done the lunch in the canyon but have flown over it a few times. It doesn’t sound like that poor guy enjoyed it much!

      We are from the UK so we are unfortunately quite used to political division. But the reality on the ground in the USA, at least in the tourist spots, is it’s just get on with it, life goes on. There is very little tension. We would not let that stop us visiting. The collapsing pound is more of a problem for us! 

      Steve

  4. An icredible adventure I would say ,not meant for someone with acrophobia but ideas they say rules the world. Thumbs up for the brain behind the idea. Flying high above 2000fts without doors to a helicopter!  It’s not for a faint hearted like me.

    The breeze wouldn’t in any way help matters. 

    I think it’s  worth it as the pictures taken and the experience can not be bought or quantified.

    FlyNYON should be appreciated for daring to provide such a wonderful flight like never before.

    • Honestly you might be surprised!

      Fear of Heights is not actually a huge problem here. Your brain doesn’t process this as height. Its too strange for it to work out. Fear of heights tends to occur when you are on something. You can still suffer a fear though, it’s just not acrophobia. I suffer from fear of heights but it never occurs in an aircraft. I defiantly had a fear of falling out of the open door of a helicopter, but it’s not the same fear as I get say standing on a ladder!

      But I would try a Doors on first if you do really suffer as at least then you could close your eyes and pretend it’s not happening lol.

      Thanks for reading 

      Steve

  5. What a video! I watched it all, and will send the page to a few friends who will enjoy that.

    You explained everything well, the wind, the initial fear et al. I for one, am not likely to get on a helicopter with doors open, yet with your detailed cautions I could perhaps persuade myself to do so if I get the opportunity.

    I am map lover so I am going to google map the area and watch the video again afterwards. I have lived in Manhattan during a short study grant but did not have time to be a tourist.

    One day! Even if I choose closed door, this will be on my list.

    • Hi,

      Glad you liked the Video. 

      Yeah the fear can be a problem for some. You sound like you may be able to cope. People normally fall into three camps. NO WAY, “Worried”, or “Not a Problem” The “No Way” crowd should probably avoid but if you are just a bit worried you will probably be fine and as the flight goes on you end up loving it.

      Hope you get to fly soon, even if it’s doors on.

      Steve

  6. Very interesting  topic and experience. i have never been in a hell but have always wanted to fly. This article has inspired me to put that experience on my to do list. 

    I have always wanted to fly in anything not just helicopter but planes and jets. so the idea of something like that get me exited. 

    Im not much of a photographer but will keep your suggestion in mind. 

    Is this company strictly New York or do they have operation in other cities or states?  

    What are some other air tours you would recommend? 

    • Hi Terry,

      No They operate in a few locations now Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and obviously New York. We have only flown from their New York location.

      We have flown a few time in Helicopters at Tourist locations and flown in light Aircraft many times. It really is the best way to see a location.

      Hope you get up soon

      Steve

  7. I must thank you for this awesome information. I enjoy in traveling to NYC, I have family there but I did not heard about flying with doors off. Honestly, I am a little afraid of flying in helicopters and planes and I would only fly with closed doors. As for the price, it does not look like much expensive although I would not dare to do that.

    • Hi Daniel,

      We know this is not for everyone. If I am honest I am a little afraid of flying too so it takes a little bravery to get up there. It’s just something we HAD to do!

      Glad You enjoyed the Article

      Steve

  8. Great article Steve. A helicopter really gives you a different perspective of the Big Apple. Although the wind factor might make it difficult, helicopter rides give opportunities for some great shots. For such shots, it’s important to have a high shutter speed. A starting point of 1/500 secs for 24-70mm lens is good enough. Good depth of field is also needed.

    • Hi Robert,

      Thanks for reading, You are right it certainly does, New Yorks Skyline is mightly impressive but once up in the air soaring over it, it takes on a whole new level! You are right the Wind can make it very difficult to get good shots as the buffeting over the camera is quite intense!

      Thanks for sharing your tips. You are dead right about the Shutter Speed, but as you say this can have an effect on the depth of field. In search of super-fast shutter speeds I went for as wide an aperture as possible, but this meant some of the distant skylines were a little soft for my tastes. A narrower aperture and higher ISO would have been a better choice. I wasn’t able to change this in the air as I was hanging on for dear life! I think a 24 might be a little narrow, especially on an APS-C. I used the full 11mm wide-angle for a lot of my shots. While I would have preferred a bit more reach for some (I was restricted to 11-20) I definitely felt the wider lens was beneficial.

      Thanks

      Steve

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