Westchester Helicopter Flight Lesson: Hudson Valley Views
8 Ratings
Experience the thrill of flying around the Hudson Valley with a helicopter flight lesson from Westchester Airport. Learn basic flying techniques, enjoy breathtaking views, and try your hand at maneuvers.
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Wings Air Helicopters - Ground school and helicopter departure
  • Westchester County - Flyover
  • Wings Air Helicopters - Helicopter arrival
What's Included
  • Private Helicopter Flight Lesson
What's Not Included
  • Airport fee $35 per person
Additional Information

Feel the excitement of maneuvering around Hudson Valley in a helicopter training session departing from Westchester Airport, White Plains, NY. Begin with an on-ground briefing to understand fundamental flying methods and safety, followed by a roughly 30 or 60 minutes private flight lesson.

One trainee will receive the opportunity to handle the controls observed by a certified flight trainer. While in flight, soak in stunning landscapes and attempt basic operations (rotating, rising, lowering etc.)

Aboard the Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter, you’re given a chance to bring an extra passenger/observer to accompany you (subject to weight restrictions). Please remember: the observer won’t be flying the helicopter. Flying instructions won’t be allowed within NYC airspace. No previous flying background is necessary.

  • Flight lessons 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).
  • Convenient roundtrip transfers are available from anywhere in Manhattan for additional fee (if option selected).
  • Federal regulations do not permit flight lessons in New York City airspace therefore they stay over the Westchester area, Hudson Valley or Connecticut. Routes are subject to change based on weather, air traffic control and temporary flight restrictions.
  • 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.
  • Routes are subject to change due to weather, air traffic control, and temporary flight restrictions.
  • English proficiency is required for flight lessons. Flight lessons begin with ground instruction then students do approximately 75% of the flying using dual controls, under flight instructor supervision.
  • Maximum weight 250 lbs (113 kg) per passenger and 500 lbs (226 kg) combined in R44 helicopter.
  • Children younger than 2 years may ride on their parent’s lap at no cost.
  • Minimum age 14 years. Under 18 requires parental or guardian consent.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones are not allowed on helicopter flights.
  • Wings Air Helicopters LLC assumes no liability for any services (ground transportation, photography, catering, hotel, etc.) arranged on client’s behalf with third parties.
67 Tower Rd
Tower Road
Atlantic Aviation West, 67 Tower Road, White Plains, NY 10604. Meeting point is easily accessible by the Metro-North train from Grand Central to White Plains station (35 minutes express), then a quick taxi ride (15 minutes) to helicopter base. Free parking available.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(8 Ratings)
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Nov 30, 2023
Awesome Experience - I would highly recommend this experience to anyone. The organization and instructor were very easy to work with. Specifically, with regards to the flight instructor (Mario), he was highly professional, knowledge, enthusiastic, patient.. Every good thing you could say comes to mind. Very enjoyable experience, and I will most definitely be back.
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Apr 4, 2023
Amazing Experience!!!! - What an amazing adventure. Put this on the bucket list!!!!! West Wing Helicopters was a pleasure to deal with and the instructor was the best. 10 out of 10. Highly recommend this.
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May 18, 2022
Best Gift Ever! - Would give 10 stars if I could. Booked this as a birthday gift for my boyfriend whose dream it is to one day get his pilot's license. The location was easy to find, parking was footsteps away from the front door and the staff was very professional and courteous from beginning to end. Our Pilot (Andrew) was very knowledgeable, confident in his skills and easy to interact with. Within 5 mins of takeoff my boyfriend had complete control of the aircraft with complete guidance from the pilot and minimal physical assistance. He had the time of his life learning how to maneuver the helicopter and trying his hand at hovering. This was an experience worth having for anyone who wants to know what it feels to fly an aircraft and definitely one for those who are thinking about getting their pilot's license. JUST DO IT!!!
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Feb 15, 2022
Amazing 1 hour introductory flight with West Wing helicopters - Did an introductory flight with Wings Air Helicopters in Feb. 2022. It was a wonderful sunny day. I was picked up at Ross Aviation and guided to the already pre-flight checked helicopter. While entering the R44 I have been advised on the steps we will do during the flight. During the start up of the helicopter I have been advised on the procedures and the check list to be performed - checking machine and weather. After take off we started with taking over the controls step by step and after 5 minutes I have taken over the full control of the helicopter and have been flying it all be myself. During flight we performed several special tasks including turns and mid flight hovers. At the end of the hour we returned to the airport and have been even in time to do some low altitude hovers at the airport. This have been great. Overall I have felt very secure with my instructor and the structured approach of the flight made me feel very safe during the full flight. The safe feeling did also let me have a lot of fun during the flight performing all the flight manouveurs.
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Jun 2, 2021
A must do! - What an experience! So informative and fun. Highly recommend it. Everyone was very nice and welcoming. The pilot was super knowledgeable and patient.
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Sep 24, 2019
Awesome - Definitely recommend. Nick was wonderful. Surprise my husband for his birthday. He thoroughly enjoyed it and will do it again.
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Jun 25, 2018
Great flight - I bought a groupon for my boyfriends birthday, the pilot instructor was very personable and put us at ease throughout the whole thing. He was very helpful and patient with my boyfriend while flying and helped him calm down and take over the flight. It was definitely a fantastic experience.
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Nov 6, 2017
The Best Day EVER! - Recently my business partner and myself won an auction item at a local nonprofit. It was for an hour lesson and flight. I decided to sit back in the passenger seat and enjoy the view as my friend took the controls of the helicopter. Anthony was the pilot/instructor and he has patience beyond any mere mortal. We purchased an extra half hour of flying time and covered a lot of territory. The fall foliage was amazing from Long Island Sound up to Bear Mountain and West Point down the Hudson River over the Tappan Zee Bridge and returning back to Westchester Airport safe and sound. This is a great trip and recommend it highly..
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