I agree it can be a bit nerve-wracking but that's half the fun! It's strange really - I have an anxiety disorder, but manage to control it by focusing on what's going on and how the aircraft works and responds to control-inputs from the pilot. Flying with military pilots is the most interesting - they're allowed to do stuff that civilian pilots lose their licences for, which I think may have aged me a little prematurely, but it's an experience I will never forget (and since I became a father and am getting older, increasingly happy not to repeat).
Doing night-vision search and being winched in & out of choppers is pretty cool too.
I think the best ride I ever had was in Oakey (near Towoomba in QLD) with an army reconnaissance pilot when we flew under a tree at what seemed like a million miles an hour and just missed a cow.... Apparently that's not uncommon....
When in Army, travelled by 'Chinook'.....just loved it!
Was at 'El Questro' Station & was flown by helicopter up Chamberlain Gorge. It was an 'open' one ie no doors, so lent out to get some fabulous photos, hanging onto roof gutter, to my left! Was strapped in, of course! Wow! Flying in & out of gorge sides was great, speedy, & awesome!
Was going horse-riding, same place, so pilot took me from Homestead to stables, on the chopper! He was leaving at same time as me to go there, so worked out perfectly! Had to 'slum' it back by 4WD, though! Never been taken to horse riding centre by helicopter before, & probably never will again! What an absolute hoot!
Yes, I have been in one with my son when we went to Phillip Island. He loves V8 Supercars, so we took a ride around the circuit. He filmed the race track and the scenery and with this footage, was promptly accepted into Film and TV school. It was so much fun. The view is definately better
No, Iíve never been in a helicopter. We flew over the Grand Canyon in í89 in a very small plane & I was so scared, I cried to my self, all the way there & back! Iím not scared of big plains though. Iíve been in about 120-150 of them already. (Lots of Sydney-Melbourne return flights!) & many overseas flight as well.