Learn to Fly a Helicopter

Westchester, NY

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Overview

Ever dreamed of flying a helicopter? Well, now's your chance to make your dreams come true with this Learn to Fly experience!

  • Fly with an FAA Certified Flight Instructor and top rated provider on TripAdvisor
  • Enjoy the spectacular aerial views of Westchester County
  • Once in the air, your instructor will hand over the controls and you can experience the art of flight
  • No previous flight experience necessary!
Westchester County Airport - White Plains, NY
When Do I Choose A Date?
If giving as a gift, your recipient can choose a date at their convenience; otherwise, you can choose one after checkout.

Year-Round:
Daily: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Essential Information
  • Maximum weight for the R44 helicopter is 250 lbs per person and 500 lbs combined 
  • Photo ID is required for students and passengers
  • Participants must be 14 years or older
  • Parental consent form must be signed for students under 18 years old
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones are not allowed on flights
  • Flight lessons are not permitted in New York City airspace
  • $35 per person airport facility fee (subject to change) that may be paid to the experience provider directly on the day of the experience.
  • Upon confirmation our pilots will be sending you additional information including the ground instruction video to watch prior to your experience.
Duration
Participants can expect to be at the airport for approximately 1.5-2 hours, depending on the option selected (30 or 60 minutes of flight time).
Experience Provider Info
Complete information for your Experience Provider, including contact information, will be included on your booking confirmation email once you or your gift recipient have scheduled the experience. Our Product Management team handpicks top-rated experience providers, removing the guesswork for you and ensuring your peace of mind.
Maximum Participants
Flights in the R-44 helicopter are for 1 student and 1 passenger, pending weight restrictions.
Spectators
The experience provider can't accommodate non-flying customers on the premises due to airport security.
Weather Dependent
This experience is weather and helicopter maintenance dependent. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions. In the event of inclement weather, your pilot will work with you to reschedule your experience.
What To Wear
Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for weather conditions. Please avoid wearing any loose articles of clothing (i.e. scarfs, hats, etc.) which could fly away around spinning rotors. Sunglasses are recommended.
Do I need previous flight experience?

No! This is an introductory flight lesson, so no previous flight experience is necessary.

Is there a minimum age requirement for this flight lesson?
The recommended minimum age is 14 years. Any child under 18 years old must have parental consent to fly.
What happens in the case of bad weather?
This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the experience provider directly if you have any concerns regarding weather. If the provider needs to cancel your flight due to inclement weather, they will contact you at least 2 hours prior to your scheduled flight time.
How high up will I go?

The helicopters will go up to 1,500 feet in the air.

Returns
Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be returned hassle-free within 30 days. All refunds will be made to the original purchaser.
Exchanges
Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be exchanged for anything else in our marketplace at any time.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs more, you'll simply have to pay the difference. If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs less, you'll have a credit towards your next booking with Virgin Experience Gifts.

Cancellation Policy

Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, no refunds will be given. Cancellations and rescheduling are allowed up to 48 hours prior to your experience but are subject to a $50 fee per person. Failure to appear on your booked date or to cancel or reschedule at least 48 hours prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience. In the event your experience is cancelled due to inclement weather or aircraft maintenance, you will reschedule your experience directly with the experience provider.

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Customer Reviews

This experience has a customer rating of 5
based on 6 reviews.
Loved this experience! Our instructor was amazing and made us feel comfortable. Was truly a unique experience that we will always remember!
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hi Marissa, Helping great people like yourself create everlasting memories is our goal! I am so ecstatic to hear that your guide was welcoming and provided you with an awesome aerial adventure! I truly admire your adventurous spirit and hope you will keep us in mind for any of your future experience or unique gifting needs. Cheers, Elizabeth
One of the most fun experiences in my life. This is a must for Anyone with even a remote interest in flying. My instructor and the facilities were outstanding. I am ready for another flight.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hi Paul, It sounds like your time up in the air was a truly unforgettable experience!  We love it!  I am so happy your instructor and the facilities exceeded your expectations.  Hope you will consider us in the future for any of your flight adventure needs.  Cheers to you, Elizabeth
Captain was AMAZING. Kind, funny, and very informative.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hi Ashley! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience and that you got to share it with one of our best captains in the flying industry. Thank you for taking the time to offer your feedback on the experience. Regards, Kelsey
Our flight instructor was awesome! Very knowledgeable and made learning to fly a fun and relaxing experience. I would highly recommend it to anybody interested.
Hi, I was given this experience as a 50th Birthday gift. What an amazing experience! Richard (our pilot) was very personable and had a great sense of humor that helped to put my mind at ease in preparation for our flight. The whole time, Richard talked us through what was going on in terms of the mechanical operations, what to expect, what should be done and what should not be done in the most non-alarming way to further increase our confidence as we began and then in flight. I enjoyed the experience. When he allowed me to try the controls he calmly talked to me the whole time reassuring, me what I was doing right and reminding me on what I should avoid. We had an awesome return to terra-firma with a short stop maneuver that felt as if it was masterfully executed, thrilling, terrifying all the while feeling like Richard had absolute control. In all fairness, to other first-time pilots, I want to say that this was my first experience with a helicopter pilot, but I still super-highly recommend Richard to be the pilot you experience your first helicopter ride/ flight with. Gabriel Fantauzzi Norma Lai
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