New York City: Helicopter Piloting Experience

New York City: Helicopter Piloting Experience

From US$ 255 per person

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

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 1 hour
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Instructor
English
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 (additional fee applies). 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
  • 30 minutes of ground instruction
  • 30 minutes of flight time with a certified instructor
  • USD 25.00 airport facility fee
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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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.

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • Max weight 250 lbs (113 kg) per passenger and 500 lbs (226 kg) combined in R44 helicopters.
  • Max passenger height in R44 6 ft 3 in (192 cm).
  • Flights must be confirmed with the local partner at the time of booking.
  • Children under 2 may ride on parent’s lap at no cost.
  • Under 18s require parental or guardian consent.
  • Lessons are not permitted in New York City airspace by federal regulations.
  • English proficiency is required for flight lessons.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 4 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

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

October 6, 2020

it was an amazing experience, slightly terrifying but in a good way. lance is a great instructor, he makes you feel at ease and in control

March 28, 2019

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