Once the chopper lifts off from the Hook Pier Heliport and rises above New York Harbor, the Big Apple's sprawling metropolis fills passengers' sightlines. Rotors spinning, the copter flies past the Statue of Liberty and toward the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, and other looming examples of urban architecture. During these tours, sightseers sit comfortably within one of the company's five Bell 407 helicopters, which boast giant windows and enough legroom to roundhouse kick roving bands of skydivers looking to freeload their way onto the aircraft. The helicopter pilots also charter their aircraft on trips to cities including Boston and Atlantic City.
Manhattan Helicopters' staff zips passengers past the Big Apple's most iconic attractions while narrating trips in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, or Chinese. Each one of their pilots must log thousands of training hours before steering whirlybirds past landmarks such as the 9/11 Memorial, Times Square, and Madison Square Garden. Voice-activated Bose headsets provide crystal-clear communications between pilots and riders, and large windows deliver unobstructed views of Governors Island and the distant Palisades. Plush leather seats equipped with cup holders equally absorb chair-gripping excitement and reveries more peaceful than a nap in a stork's bindle.
Typically, you can only see Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, and Yankee Stadium in less than an hour while leafing through a stack of New York postcards. However, Zip Aviation confounds expectations, whisking tourists over those landmarks and more on one of three helicopter tours in 12?30 minutes. Helmed by a team of pilots with an impeccable safety record, the tours grant passengers a bird?s-eye view of the city aboard their Bell helicopters. The aviation company complements its sightseeing excursions with an array of other transit services, including private charters and special-event transportation options.
Ocean Helicopter's fleet ferries passengers over congested highways to hundreds of airports and heliports in the tri-state area. Its Robinson R44 helicopters, which fly at 135 mph, carry up to three passengers through the skies on sightseeing tours over New York City, Point Pleasant, Seaside Heights, and Atlantic City. The helicopters can also be used during special events, such as marriage proposals, weddings, and Taco Tuesdays.