Like a frisbee, humans are naturally flightless until put in an aircraft or thrown across a park. Soar through the air with this Groupon.
$125 for Helicopter-Tour Package ($440 Value)
- One 30-minute helicopter tour of downtown Denver or Boulder
- One 30-minute session in a flight simulator
During the 30-minute Mile High City helicopter tour with guided narration, passengers snap photographs of the capitol building’s glistening gold dome, catch a glimpse of Coors Field’s emerald-green outfield, and wave to jealous penguins watching from their pen at the Denver Zoo. Alternately, clients can choose the 30-minute Flatirons Exclusive tour, which buzzes above CU Boulder and allows views of blossoming fields in the summer and snow-peaked mountains in the winter. A 30-minute session in a flight simulator prepares passengers for flight or lets them relive the thrills of flight with full motion and realistic graphics.
Suspended within a glass and steel bubble, passengers soar over red-rock foothills and misty mountaintops. In the distance, they can glimpse the towering steel buildings of the Mile High City. The sun glints from a golden dome, and abstract façades of modern architecture reach toward clear, blue skies dotted with clouds. Though their ears are shielded by headsets, the passengers can hear the hum of the helicopter’s blades as they slice through the air. Customers also get a chance to try their hand at piloting a helicopter on one of the simulators.
Colorado Heli-Ops's team of extensively trained pilots ferries passengers on aerial tours such as these that fly over some of their state’s most historic sites and breathtaking scenery. The sleek metal hulls of Robinson R44 helicopters provide limousine-like luxury with plush leather seats, Bose headsets, and iPod docks that invite guests to enhance flights with a personal soundtrack of emotional rock ballads. On-staff photographers can professionally capture tour memories with high-powered lenses affixed to 15MP Canon cameras and develop all images in house after the flight.
Pilots also use their mechanical birds to train clients for private and commercial pilot’s licenses or help them brush up on more specialized skills through programs in high-altitude and mountain flight. To enable preflight preparation and let students observe the flight patterns of digital geese, staffers operate two FAA-certified Frasca Truflight H simulators and one Merlin Turbine simulator.