It's hard to enjoy a city's beauty from the ground, where there's always a building or retired basketball player blocking your view. Stratus Helicopters gives their clientele a different perspective. Their pilots take people on elevated tours of the Queen City and the mythical land known as Kentucky just across the Ohio River. Beyond sightseeing, Stratus trains new helicopter pilots and offers specialty services, including aerial photography.
Under the guidance of founder Chad Fath, the licensed helicopter pilots and instructors at Higher Ground Helicopters take visitors on scenic 'copter rides above the city as well as train students to become full-fledged pilots. Flight training lessons take place in the evenings to accommodate busy adult schedules, with the goal of turning inexperienced students into certified professionals within 10 to 18 months. For guests on the fence about flying, Higher Ground offers hands-on demos, which consist of 30 minutes of ground training and 30 minutes of piloting in the air. For guests who simply wish to enjoy the scenery, Higher Ground's expert pilots host scenic tours that showcase the Cincinnati skyline.
With well-trained chopper masters who share their expertise as professional instructors, Intrepid takes adventurers to the skies for aerial views of the Great Lakes region. Owner Spencer Norris and other Intrepid rotarizers lead tours over changing leaves, snow-blanketed landscapes, or summer greenery alive with cavorting birds and capering willow trees. The company’s four-seat Robinson R44 Raven II flying machine keeps trekkers cool with air conditioning and stomachs settled with responsive handling suited to high-altitude flights and midair pterodactyl chases. Intrepid’s birdmen fold their wings at a t-hangar on the Toledo Suburban Airport ground, convenient for visitors from both north and south of Toledo.