NEED TO GET SOME­WHERE… LIKE A YOGA CLASS? SUMMON YOUR CHOP­PER! YOU’RE NOT PRE­TEN­TIOUS, YOU’RE PRAC­TI­CAL. Mav­er­ick Avi­a­tion Group; 702-261-0007; mav­er­ick he­li­

Vegas Magazine - - Contents - BY AN­DREA BEN­NETT

Need to get some­where…like a yoga class? Summon your chop­per! You’re not pre­ten­tious. You’re prac­ti­cal.

Here are some words I hope you find com­fort­ing: You are not sell­ing out on fes­ti­val cul­ture by tak­ing a he­li­copter to EDC. There comes a time when we can all rec­og­nize that a glit­tery pos­te­rior stuck to the seat of a car in thou­sand-de­gree Ve­gas heat is not a nec­es­sary part of the ex­pe­ri­ence. Like­wise, heli-uber­ing to CES, fly­ing a date to the base of the Grand Canyon, and now, chop­per­ing to yoga—are be­gin­ning to spell con­ve­nience over pre­ten­tion.

This is the sev­enth year Mav­er­ick He­li­copters is trans­port­ing fes­ti­val­go­ers to EDC, says vice pres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing Bryan Kroten. “We’re mov­ing 400 to 500 peo­ple a night,” he says. “Any­one can fly there via he­li­copter. Some groups char­ter it, but we also of­fer per-per­son pack­ages, so you never know who you’ll be sit­ting next to.”

There are more he­li­copters in the Las Ve­gas mar­ket than any­where else in the world, he says, which is mak­ing he­li­copter travel in the city a “main­stream” op­tion. With the bulk of its flights tak­ing vis­i­tors into the Grand Canyon (a two- ½ hour sun­set trip from the Strip that lands for Cham­pagne in the base of the canyon and re­turns over the city lights is only $574 per per­son), “to be able to do off­shoots like he­liyoga is just mod­ern­iz­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence,” he says. And let’s face it: There are some things you can only do by he­li­copter.

On a re­cent trip with Silent Savasana co­founder Dray Gard­ner for Mav­er­ick’s new Heliyo­gaLim­it­less flight, we flew over the Tech­ni­color-hued Rain­bow Vis­tas to land atop a per­ilous-look­ing mesa in Val­ley of Fire, where, with Gard­ner’s voice over head­phones coach­ing us through a se­ries of poses, we bal­anced over an end­less, an­cient view.

In­ac­ces­si­ble by any other form of travel, it’s as modern a per­spec­tive shift as you can get, and some would say a bar­gain.

This mesa may look un­for­giv­ing, but the views— from both up­ward sa­lute and down­ward dog— are spec­tac­u­lar. Your he­li­copter (and some bub­bly) await af­ter your sweat ses­sion. Heli- Namaste!

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