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    What Is Helicopter Torque?

    Last updated 11 hours ago

    In physics, when a force applied to an object causes it to twist or rotate around a pivot point or axis, the result is called “torque.” The rapidly spinning rotors of helicopters produce large amounts of torque.

    As any helicopter flight instructor can tell you, all rotorcraft are equipped with anti-torque systems to stabilize them during flight. Without these systems, which include smaller secondary rotors, most often on the tail, the helicopters could not maneuver or even fly. To learn more about helicopter torque, watch this video.

    When you enroll in helicopter flight lessons at Wings Air Helicopters, you will learn how to manage torque in order to fly, turn, hover, and land smoothly. Call us at (866) 983-0188 to schedule your first lesson and start your pilot training today.

    The Steps of Taking Your First Flight Lesson

    Last updated 7 days ago

    For those who have dreamed of flying across the open sky, helicopter flight training provides a path toward realizing that dream. It will take many hours of instruction time to learn to pilot an aircraft, but the thrill of your first solo flight is well worth the time and money you will invest in the endeavor. Before you take your first flight lesson, make sure you:

    Meet All the Prerequisites
    In order to take flight lessons, you must be a U.S. citizen or TSA-approved visitor or resident of the country. The minimum age is 16, and ideally you’ll already know how to drive a car so you have some experience operating a moving vehicle. You will also need to pass a medical exam to make sure you are in good health. Of course, you must speak English fluently so that you can quickly respond to your instructor’s directions.

    Select a Flight School
    Not all flight schools offer the same experience. It is important for student helicopter pilots to train on commonly used aircraft and to practice flying in dense, high-traffic urban areas in order to develop the skills and the poise to make tight maneuvers in any situation. Wings Air, located just outside of New York City, offers just such equipment and environment to students.

    Be Enthusiastic and Respectful      
    You might be surprised to learn that an instructor can pass the controls of the helicopter to you on your very first flight. Don’t be afraid to try it out; the instructor also has his or her own set of controls, and has been on the first flight lesson with many other students. Let yourself have fun and experience the thrill of flying, but also remember to follow any directions you are given.

    To book your first helicopter flight lesson, call Wings Air Helicopters today at (866) 983-0188. Whether you are training to become a licensed pilot, or just want a scenic air tour of New York City, we will provide you with the highest quality instruction and experience.

    Flight Training Tips

    Last updated 1 month ago

    If you've ever dreamed of flying a helicopter, whether recreationally or as your career path, you've come to the right place. At Wings Air, we are dedicated to giving you the tools, skills and knowledge necessary to help you succeed as a licensed helicopter pilot. Before you get started, we'd like to answer some common questions about flight training to help you determine if flight training is right for you.

    1. What are the requirements? The requirements are fairly simple to begin the flight training process. It is required that all applicants be able to speak English fluently, be a US citizen or TSA-approved, be at least 16 years of age, and pass a medical exam. 
    2. What's the time commitment? Earning your helicopter pilot license will require a great deal of dedication. There are various types of pilot licenses available, however for a private pilot license, you will need at least 30 hours of dual instruction and 10 hours flying solo. For a commercial pilot license, you will need to log 150+ hours of flying time.
    3. Why Wings Air Flight School? If you're interested in pursuing a helicopter license, we hope that you will consider Wings Air for your training. We offer the ultimate flying experience, superior helicopters, personalized training, HD cameras, and GPS tracking so you can receive the flight training experience of a lifetime.

    If you're ready to fly through the clouds in a challenging yet rewarding training environment, call Wings Air Helicopters today.

    Tour Historic Westchester by Helicopter

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Tour historic Westchester County from a whole new view. From group tours to private scenic helicopter tours, you'll get to see the historic sights like never before. Sit back in our comfortable, modern helicopters and enjoy birds-eye views of landmarks like Kykuit (the Rockefeller Estate), the Tappan Zee Bridge, Sunnyside (historic home of Washington Irving), the Lyndhurst Mansion, the Hudson Palisades, and Yonkers, with views of the Manhattan Skyline in the distance. 
    Depending on the season, you'll experience the beauty of fall, the wonder of winter, the springtime colors or the endless summer sunshine. It's a great way to spend a birthday, give a memorable gift or plan a romantic proposal with the stunning aerial views of New York as your backdrop. With various scenic tour options, we're confident that our flight specialists can help you plan the perfect tour. 
    There's no better adventure than a scenic helicopter tour with Wings Air. All ages are welcome on our tours departing from Westchester County Airport. With friendly and professional pilots who personally narrate each flight, Wings Air offers a more personalized, informative and inclusive experience. 
    For more information and to plan the perfect scenic tour of Westchester County, please contact us today to reserve your seat in advance. Our helicopter tours fill up fast and we would love to have you aboard! For the most comprehensive tours of New York and Westchester County, choose Wings Air Helicopters.

    You've Never Seen New York City Like This!

    Last updated 1 month ago

    There's no place in the world like New York City. And there's no better view of the city than from above. Wings Air's scenic helicopter tours offer an unforgettable experience for all aboard. Simply put, it's the best hassle-free way to see the city in total comfort. If you have 30 minutes to spare and a group of friends, we'd love for you to join one of our group helicopter tours. We'll take you to new heights with stunning aerial views of favorite New York spots like Central Park, Yankee Stadium, the Manhattan Skyline, and the East River Bridges. We'll also fly over sights in Westchester, including Kykuit – The Rockefeller Estate, the Tarrytown Castles, Tappan Zee Bridge, the Hudson Palisades and Yonkers. It'll be an experience to remember! 
    And for those special occasions when a group helicopter tour just won't do, we have the perfect solution for you. Our private helicopter tours give you the best of both worlds for that special romantic date, proposal, weekend outing and for the adventurer in you. There's no minimum passenger requirement for a private helicopter tour and scheduling is flexible. You'll enjoy the beautiful aerial views of Manhattan, as well as Westchester on this 30- or 45-minute experience. 
    Ask us about all of our scenic helicopter tours to see how we can best accommodate you. Our friendly flight specialists will help select the right tour for you. Bring along your camera and get ready for the flight of your life!

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