Private tour

From Westchester: NYC Helicopter Piloting Experience

Activity provider: Wings Air Helicopters
Private tour

From Westchester: NYC Helicopter Piloting Experience

Activity provider: Wings Air Helicopters

From US$ 540 per group up to 2

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.

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Duration 1 - 1.5 hours
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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


  • 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.

  • Ground instruction
  • Private lesson in Robinson R44 helicopter
  • 1 passenger (optional)
  • Roundtrip Pickup/Transfer from Manhattan (if option booked)
  • The airport fee/fuel surcharge (USD $35 per person) is not included
Not suitable for
  • People over 250 lbs (113 kg)

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Meeting point

Atlantic Aviation West, 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 or less
  • The maximum passenger height is 6 ft 3 in (192 cm) in the R44 helicopter
  • English proficiency is required
  • All flights are subject to weather and helicopter maintenance; if canceled due to these reasons, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • 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 6 reviews

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Es war ein fantastisches Event! Der etwas weitere Weg raus zum Westchester County Airport lohnt sich! Der Flug war eine Überraschung für unseren 15-jährigen Sohn, dessen Leidenschaft Helikopter und Fliegerei ist und der in Absprache mit dem Wings-Air-Team erst kurz vor Abflug erfahren, dass er selbst steuern darf. Christine hat das toll für uns arrangiert! Sabina vom Ground Support war ebenfalls großartig! Nach dem Flug bekam unser Sohn sogar ein offizielles Logbuch von ihr geschenkt, in das Mario, unser Pilot, die Flugstunde dann eingetragen hat. Ein ganz besonderer Dank geht natürlich auch an Mario, der den Flug mit Erklärungen und Tipps zu 60 unvergesslichen Minuten werden lassen hat! Wir können Wings Air Helicopters uneingeschränkt empfehlen! See you again when we come back to NY! Christine, Sabina and Mario - you are awesome! Thank you so much!

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January 5, 2023


War eine super Erfahrung.

December 6, 2021


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

June 20, 2021

Product ID: 59801