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The Beginning of Panama Canal Ocean to Ocean Helicopter Tour
We’ll start our trip going to go to the Bridge of the Americas, Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal. This bridge was built in 1962, becoming the second bridge on the Panama Canal.
Visit the Miraflores Locks
In Miraflores, we can observe the operations of the Old Panama Canal, completed in 1914. These locks were built as a hinge and allow ships up to 289 meters long and up to 5,000 TEUs (1 TEU is equivalent to a 20-foot container).
Without the Panama Canal, the largest cities at the west coast of the American Continent wouldn’t be what they are today.
Flight to the New Expanded Canal
After visiting the Miraflores Locks not deviate briefly to the east indirection to Cocolí Locks, part of the proposed Canal expansion, which opened on June 26, 2016.
These new locks allow ships up to 366 meters long and up to 13000 TEUs (1 TEU is equivalent to a 20-foot container).
Pedro Miguel Locks
Part of the old canal and like the Miraflores locks both have a length of approximately 3 kilometers including access to the walls. Pedro Miguel is the set of locks connecting Lake Miraflores to Gatun Lake, with the highest elevation.
The Gatun Lake
The Gatun Lake, constructed to supply water from the Chagres River to Panama Canal, the Gatun Lake used to the largest artificial lake ever constructed.
Nearly 17,000 commercial vessels cross the Panama Canal each year.
Agua Clara Locks, Expanded Canal
Located on the north side of the Panama Canal, the Agua Clara Locks are our final destination. A unique view of Gatun Lake, Panama Canal and the Atlantic Ocean.
What to Bring for the Panama Canal Ocean to Ocean Helicopter Tour
For each flight, it is important not to forget your original identification documents such as identity cards for Panamanians and passports for foreigners.
Helicopter models used
Aircraft available in this package are US helicopters manufacturer Robinson. The models are the Robinson R44 from 1 to 3 people and Robinson R66 4 max.
If the number of passengers exceeds the capacity of the aircraft in in our Panama Canal Ocean to Ocean Helicopter Tour we can easily add more aircraft to complete the group.
Currently, we have 10 places in 2 helicopters Robinson R44 and 1 Robinson R66.
Other helicopter tours cheaper
Among the cheaper options we can recommend our helicopter tours are 30 minutes:
- Helicopter Tour Panama Canal from $ 535 for a 30-minute overflight
- Helicopter Tour Panama City from $ 535 for a 30-minute overflight
Larger and more comfortable helicopters
Aero Albrook has access to the largest inventory of aircraft in Panama. Upon request, you can expect more comfortable options as the Eurocopter helicopter 130 (6 passengers) and Augusta AW119 (7 passengers).
How to get the helicopter?
Panama Canal Ocean to Ocean Helicopter Tour departs from a private hangar at the Marcos A. Gelabert Airport or Albrook Airport in Panama City, Panama. To reach this hangar we can help you book a private car or you can drive here by your own. Open Map …
Unfortunately, you can not enter this area into a taxi.
Available from Monday to Sunday
Reserve anytime between 7:00 am and 4:30 pm
Whenever there is daylight you can fly, but we recommend doing it in the afternoon around 2:00 pm because at this time there are usually more sightings of vessels crossing the Miraflores Locks on the Pacific Panama Canal Zone.
- Fuel & Pilot
Terms & Conditions:
- Local Transfers
Places of Interest:
Address of Departure:
- Address: Albrook Airport, Hangar 16A
Bookings are only available between May 21, 2018 and May 17, 2019