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    Landmark Buildings in NYC

    Last updated 2 days 3 hours ago

    New York City is rich with history and culture, and many of its buildings have been home to significant movements. However, it takes a lot for a building to be considered an official landmark. Watch this video to learn more.

    1965 saw the creation of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which is charged with the responsibility of recognizing pieces of architecture as landmarks. The commission is composed of historians, lawyers, architects, commissioners, and land use experts. A building must be at least 30 years old, have cultural significance, and be architecturally important in order to be considered a landmark. The commission performs this research and evaluates requests for new landmarks.

    Would you like to see New York City like never before? Contact Wings Air or visit our website to learn about our services, which include helicopter training, aerial photography and filming, and NYC helicopter tours. Call us at (866) 983-0188 for more information.

    Get on Board with the Benefits of Helicopters

    Last updated 3 days ago

    If you really want a taste of traveling in style, consider taking to the skies in a helicopter! Helicopters offer benefits for both professional and personal travel. Imagine zipping in a helicopter to your next business meeting instead of fighting traffic or long airport lines for your commercial flight. When the weekend rolls around, take your family on a weekend trip without wasting precious hours behind the wheel or amaze your spouse with an anniversary adventure he or she won’t soon forget. In this infographic, Wings Air Helicopters breaks down the advantages of helicopter travel. Our New York helicopter charter company can help you plan a huge variety of helicopter trips. Please feel free to share this information with your business associates, family, and friends, and start planning ways you can make helicopter travel work for you. 

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    A Closer Look at Our Helicopters

    Last updated 3 days ago

    2014 has been an exciting year. We've successfully transitioned from Schweizers to Robinsons and continue expanding our fleet to better meet the demands of a changing market. Here is a look at our helicopters and what they're used for:

    AIRBUS (EUROCOPTER) AS350BA

    This single-engine workhorse is our main charter and tour helicopter as well as aerial filming platform. The AStar can comfortably carry up to 6 passengers plus the pilot and can also be configured for two-pilot operation. With a spacious cabin, brand new seat cushions and BOSE noise-cancelling headsets it's the ideal choice for long flights.

    MCDONNELL-DOUGLAS MD600N

    This uniquely shaped helicopter was designed with the highest safety and noise reduction standards in mind. Although it has no tail rotor, it can fly faster than the AStar and has a "sportier" feel to it, making it ideal for aerial film production missions. The MD can be seen in the movie 'Now You See Me' and was recently used for demo flights by the Navy SEALs.

    ROBINSON R44 RAVEN II

    The R44 is perhaps our most versatile helicopter, used for charters, tours, aerial photography and flight training. It can comfortably carry 3 passengers plus a pilot and fly at speeds comparable to its bigger brothers. Due to its smaller size and lower operating costs, this helicopter is ideal for couple's private tours as well as joint flight lessons that were not available on the Schweizers.

    ROBINSON R22 BETA II

    Don't let your eyes fool you! The newest addition to our fleet is more powerful and fierce than it looks... this 2-seat helicopter is a great choice for flight training due to its low operating costs and great handling. It's also used by many local aerial photographers for small, low-budget aerial missions.

    Coming soon... Airbus (Eurocopter) AS355F1 (Twin Star)

    This 5-passenger twin-engine helicopter will be added to the Wings Air fleet in late 2014/early 2015 for charters, tours and aerial film production. 

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    Iconic NYC Buildings to Look for During Your Helicopter Flight

    Last updated 9 days ago

    When you ride in a helicopter, you are presented with a very unique vantage point. Many enjoy these flights because of the gorgeous sights that they can enjoy from an exciting location. Here are a few of the iconic buildings and landmarks to look for during your helicopter tour of NYC.

    Statue of Liberty
    One of the most famous landmarks in all of the United States is the Statue of Liberty. This gift from France was brought to New York in 1886 and has been a staple of New York City ever since. The statue is holding a lit torch as well as a stone tablet that bears the date of the Declaration of Independence: July 4th, 1776. It is meant to represent the freedom that the United States fought for and earned during the Revolutionary War. While tourists can reach the top of the statue, the best way to view the statue itself is by helicopter.

    Empire State Building
    If you are partaking in a helicopter flight in the Empire State, it’s fitting to look out for the Empire State Building. This iconic building was completed in 1931 and was at that time the tallest building in New York City until 1972, when the North Tower of the World Trade Center was completed.

    Flatiron Building
    The Flatiron Building, also known as the Fuller Building, has been a part of the New York City skyline since 1902. At that time it was among the tallest buildings in the city. The interesting shape of this building has been turning tourists’ heads for over one hundred years, and is only more interesting when viewed from the sky.

    If you are interested in taking a ride in a helicopter, call Wings Air at (866) 983-0188. We provide customers the Tri-State area and beyond with aerial photography and film production services as well as flight training and tours. For more information about our exciting helicopter tours, please visit our website or call us today.

    What to Expect from Your Helicopter Tour of NYC

    Last updated 16 days ago

    New York City is impressive from every angle, but there is something especially exciting about viewing it from the air. The grandiosity of the buildings, the commotion, and the energy are still palpable, but as a bird’s-eye level observer you are also somehow removed from it all.

    On a 30- or 45-minute helicopter tour of NYC, you can enjoy extraordinary aerial views of the Manhattan skyline, Central Park, the Brooklyn and Williamsburg bridges, and the Statue of Liberty. If you are unfamiliar with the sights below, feel free to ask your pilot any questions while in flight. You will also have the chance to take some awesome aerial photographs.

    Are you trying to plan the perfect wedding proposal, looking for something fun to do with your family while visiting New York, or looking to view the city from a different perspective? A Wings Air helicopter tour can fulfill each of these desires and many more. For information about the fall foliage tours we are currently offering or to book a private NYC helicopter tour with one of our skilled and friendly pilots, call (866) 983-0188.

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