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    5 Reasons to Travel by Helicopter

    Last updated 3 days ago

    Helicopters are wonderfully versatile flying machines offering some unique benefits when it comes to travel and quickly gaining popularity worldwide. Here are 5 reasons why you should charter a private helicopter at least once:

    1.      GET THERE FASTER

    The average flying speed of a helicopter varies between 95 and 145 mph – that’s a lot faster than you could ever legally drive on US roads, unless you’re a professional racecar driver... It also means that travel time is reduced to about 1/3 of what it would take to get to your destination by ground transportation. For example: if you’re staying in a Manhattan hotel and have a flight to catch from JFK Airport, the average travel time by taxi, bus or subway would be 30 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic. The same distance is covered in less than 10 minutes by helicopter.


    The beauty of private aviation is that is revolves around you, not the other way around. When you charter a private jet or helicopter, you will automatically avoid the long security lines associated with taking commercial flights and be assisted by your own luggage handlers. Private flights use private FBOs (fixed base operators) that are usually situated far away from the crowded commercial airline terminals and offer luxurious amenities such as complimentary snacks, a bar or a private concierge.

    3.      GET TO MORE PLACES

    The vertical flight capability of helicopters may be their greatest advantage over airplanes. Not needing a runway makes is possible to land in secluded, remote locations, mountaintops, backyards, parking lots, even yachts. Many high-end hotels, stadiums and other entertainment venues have their own helipads for VIP guests. Now there’s a way to make an entrance!


    Most types of civilian-use helicopters have large windows allowing passengers to enjoy the views from above. It is literally the best seat in the house! Start your vacation early or prepare yourself mentally for a presentation by taking in magnificent aerial views of the landscape below while heading towards your destination. In addition to panorama windows passengers receive their own headsets for in-flight communication with one another and the pilot.

    5.      GET THERE IN STYLE

    Contrary to popular belief, helicopters are no longer reserved for the rich and famous. More and more operators are opening up to the everyday traveler by offering individual seats on flights that would otherwise be beyond their budgets. So the next time you’re planning a night out on the town, look up a nearby helicopter operator! Chances are, you’ll be able to score a great deal by sharing a helicopter with people who are heading the same way on a Saturday night.


    Anna Macsai is Director of Finance and Marketing at Wings Air Helicopters55

    "You Will Not Regret This One"

    Last updated 9 days ago

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    • I bought the 60 minute helicopter piloting experience for my boyfriend as a birthday present. Keep your eyes open for deals on sites like amazon local or groupon. I bought a discounted voucher at an awesome price. I think it's very respectable they offer discounted flights.Purchasing was easy I bought a voucher off of groupon. Booking was a... More

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    Why Choose Wings Air for Your Air Taxi Needs?

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Although the days of flying cars and hover boards may still be some time away, air taxi services are still available with the use of helicopter charters. Fortunately, helicopters can deliver you to your location while never having to worry about traffic jams. Here are a few reasons why you should choose Wings Air for your air taxi needs.

    Wings Air is based out of midtown Manhattan, which makes it a convenient location when it comes to quickly and easily reaching other popular destinations. At Wings Air, we pride ourselves on our ability to offer you an extremely safe and convenient trip, with punctual drop offs and pickups. Our modern fleet allows you to easily travel to any heliports or airports in the New York area.

    If you are still not convinced, call Wings Air at (866) 983-0188. Our safe and modern fleet provides aerial film production and photography in addition to helicopter tours and flight training. If you live in the New York City area, visit our website or stop by and see us today to find out what we can do for you.

    "One of the coolest experiencs I have ever had!"

    Last updated 25 days ago

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    • One of the coolest experiences I have ever had! From the time of planning the flight to the end... Anna was wonderful to work with, and pilot was and staff were the best! NYC never looked as beautiful as it did from this vantage point! An experience not to be missed...

      Jenny M

    What to Expect During Your First Helicopter Ride

    Last updated 1 month ago

    If you have never taken a ride on a helicopter, you may have a few questions about how this amazing experience works. Fortunately, helicopter tours can be very safe as well as absolutely awe inspiring. Here are a few things to expect during your first helicopter ride.

    When it comes to taking a ride in any type of aircraft, safety is always the most important concern. Before taking off, you will become familiar with the helicopter and learn about the necessary safety procedures. In order to promote safe and fluid handling, passengers will be seated in a way that will balance the weight of the helicopter. Passengers must leave their belongings behind in personal lockers so that the overall weight inside the chopper is kept to a minimum.

    Flying through the air can be overwhelming for some people. Fortunately, helicopters move a bit more slowly than jets and airplanes, and they typically feel quite stable by comparison. If you tend to experience motion sickness, you are encouraged to take the appropriate medication before the flight. If you start to feel sick during your first helicopter ride, grab one of the passenger airsick bags. After takeoff, most people tend to be far too caught up with the excitement of the ride to notice their nerves.

    During your first helicopter ride, you will have the opportunity to see gorgeous sights that you have never seen before. Helicopter tours are designed for the viewing pleasure, and helicopters are capable of maintaining their positions above especially beautiful sights. A helicopter tour is a great way to see large attractions like the new Yankee Stadium from a fascinating perspective, as well as an opportunity to reach areas that can only be accessed via helicopter.

    To embark on your first helicopter ride, call Wings Air Helicopters at (866) 983-0188. We are New York City’s leading helicopter charter, and we provide helicopter tours and flight training, as well as aerial photography and film production. For more information about our helicopter services, visit our website or stop by and see us today. 

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