A Family First…

I headed over to my lake house today and treated my wife and two of my children to a first – an open cockpit helicopter ride over our beautiful lake – Lake Tenkiller.

I left the city without my camera so my wife was responsible for taking pictures with her camera.

Lake Tenkiller Helicopter Ride

Lake Tenkiller Helicopter Ride

Several decades ago, I used to fly to work on an offshore drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico aboard a Sikorsky SJ76.

I have been hooked on helicopter flight ever since!

When traveling, I often check out whether our vacation destination has any helicopter sightseeing services.

If they’re available, we give them a try.

Back when I worked offshore, I had flown in a Huey open cockpit over the Gulf of Mexico but hadn’t ever flown in a Jet Ranger open cockpit before let alone with my wife and kids strapped in the back seat!

The company who flew us just started flying tours over Lake Tenkiller this weekend and I happened to see their helicopter on the way to my house.

Both the ground crew and pilot were professional and I look forward to flying with them again soon.

Lake Tenkiller Helicopter Rides

Lake Tenkiller Helicopter Rides

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4 Responses to “A Family First…”

  1. Alicia Says:

    Hi Tim-
    I ran across your blog as I was looking for a link for the helicopter rides at Tenkiller. Could you tell me anything about them? Where do they leave from? When are they? Can you make a reservation? Any info would help. I was wanting to surprise my husband. Thanks again!

  2. Cathy Crocker Says:

    We will be offering rides Aug 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, and Labor Day weekend. We take off from the entrance of Tenkiller State Park. We can carry 5-6 people depending on size and weight and operate from 1pm-8pm.
    Rates: $25/person 5-7 minute flight
    $350 for 15 minute tour
    $700 for 30 minute tour
    $1400 for hour tour
    You can set reservations and purchase gift certificates 918-630-4371. We look forward to seeing you soon. You can also visit our website at
    http://www.pas1.biz for more information on our other services.

  3. Erin Says:

    Was wondering if the 350 for 15 min was person?

  4. Tim Cohn Says:

    No. I believe the $350 rate was for up to either four or five people. It is a good value.

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