Helicopters are so beloved that they've earned countless nicknames, such as "choppers," "harleys" (short for harley-copters), and "motor-cycles," for the many cycling motors they contain. Be an easy glider with this Groupon.
$175 for a Helicopter Tour of Saylorville Lake ($350 Value)
After departing from Ankeny Regional Airport, a licensed pilot shepherds up to three passengers around and above Saylorville Lake, hovering along the eastern shore before heading to the Mile Long Bridge, Camp Dodge, and the Saylorville Dam. Covering a flight path of about 25 miles, the tour takes approximately 20 minutes. Tours are conducted Friday–Sunday by appointment, weather permitting.
Pilot and local network meteorologist John McLaughlin has logged more than 7,700 hours of accident-free flight time in both fixed wing planes and rotorcraft. He draws on that experience to lead flights and tours around Iowa such as agricultural and crop condition surveys and holiday lights sightseeing tours. The flights soar over farmland and wilderness, and he also zips over Des Moines for panoramic views of the skyline and river. John also provides flight training and examinations, teaching burgeoning pilots the fundamentals of flight and the best mouth noises to make during takeoff.