Instructors supervise as students try their hand at flying helicopters themselves; tour provides aerial views of NYC sights
Flying is a lot like having a staring contest—even with utter concentration, you’ll never be better at it than birds. Go toe-to-beak with our winged companions with this voucher.
The piloting experience begins with ground instruction covering helicopter controls, basic flying techniques and safety procedures before heading out to the helicopter. After taking off for an approximately 30-minute flight, the instructor hands lets the student take over and practice basic flying maneuvers over Westchester County and the Hudson Valley. The student will do the majority of the actual flying using dual controls under instructor supervision. Lessons are not permitted in New York City airspace due to federal regulations. Piloting experiences are private and allow one student to fly the helicopter and one guest passenger to ride along to observe.
The New York City tour, which Westchester Magazine recently highlighted as a creative date idea, grants passengers stunning aerial views of Midtown and Uptown Manhattan, Empire State Building, Central Park and Yankee Stadium, all of which are all the more striking set against a colorful sunset. The 30-minute tour does not reach the Downtown Manhattan/Statue of Liberty area but flies directly over parts of Manhattan (except restricted areas). Please contact Wings Air Helicopters to extend the tour to 45 minutes to see Lower Manhattan and Lady Liberty for an additional fee. Children younger than 2 years may sit on parent’s lap.
Hudson Valley fall foliage tours take autumn colors to a whole new level, literally. Instead of crowded parks and trails fliers enjoy a unique perspective of legendary Upstate New York fall foliage from the comfort of a helicopter. Shortly after liftoff passengers marvel at foliage-clad historic and natural landmarks of the Hudson Valley including Kykuit, Harriman State Park, Bear Mountain and West Point (subject to temporary airspace restrictions). Children younger than 2 years may sit on parent’s lap.