Private tour

New York City: Helicopter Piloting Experience

Activity provider: Wings Air Helicopters

New York City: Helicopter Piloting Experience

Activity provider: Wings Air Helicopters
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From US$ 540 per group up to 2

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Experience the thrill of being a helicopter pilot! Take the controls, learn what makes a helicopter fly, and see New York from a whole new perspective. You’ll have ground instruction followed by approximately 30 minutes of actual flight time.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 1 - 1.5 hours
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Instructor
English
Pickup optional
You will be picked up by private car from your accommodation in Manhattan. The rates are based on regular cars.
Wheelchair accessible
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Take the first step toward becoming a helicopter pilot
  • Fly over the Westchester area as you take the controls for simple maneuvers like a real pilot
  • Choose the passenger option and bring a friend along for the ride
Full description

Your first helicopter flight lesson begins with 30 minutes of ground instruction that covers helicopter flight controls, flying techniques, and safety procedures. You will then be able to join a professional flight instructor for an exciting 30-minute flight departing from Westchester County Airport in White Plains, just outside New York City. Bring a friend or family member along for the ride if you like. Once airborne, you will have the opportunity to take control of a Robinson R44 helicopter, one of the most popular civilian helicopters in the world. Take in stunning views of Westchester County, the New York/Connecticut coastline, the Hudson River, and the NYC skyline in the distance. No prior flight training or flying experience is necessary. Please note that flight lessons do not go over NYC. Flights depart from Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York, a relaxed, crowd-free location just outside NYC. It’s easily accessed by public transit, Metro-North rail, and by car with free parking available.

Includes
  • Ground instruction
  • Private lesson in Robinson R44 helicopter
  • 1 passenger (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • The airport fee/fuel surcharge (USD $35 per person) is not included
Not suitable for
  • People over 250 lbs (113 kg)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

67 Tower Road, West Harrison, NY 10604. The meeting point is easily accessible by the Metro-North train from Grand Central to White Plains station, then a quick taxi ride to the airport. The average travel time is 45-60 minutes. Flights depart from Westchester County Airport in White Plains, a relaxed crowd-free location just outside NYC easily accessed by public transit (Metro-North rail from Grand Central Terminal) or car (free parking). Please note: this flight departs and arrives in Westchester.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • The maximum weight of a passenger should be 250 lbs (113 kg) per person
  • The maximum passenger height is 6 ft 3 in (192 cm)
  • English proficiency is required
  • The minimum age for the student pilot is 14 years old. Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult or have parental consent. Children under 2 may ride on a parent's lap at no cost
  • Lessons are not permitted in New York City airspace by federal regulations
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 5 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    5/5

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The flight was a lot of fun, it was an experience.

What was not so nice was that we had to wait over 2 hours for the pilot. First you need 90 minutes to get to the airport, then you have to wait 2 hours, fly 1 hour and then 90 minutes back again. The trip was very time consuming, so plan a lot of time ,

April 20, 2017

Dopest thing I’ve ever done. If you’re thinking about it, do it.

June 20, 2021

The pilot was wonderful. The view was amazing. And the the pilot explained everything 2 me with clarity and precise.

October 6, 2020

Product ID: 59801