There are few freedoms as liberating as being able to fly, which is why humans spent millennia inventing the airplane and why penguins are so very, very bitter. Exceed evolutionary shortcomings with today’s Groupon: for $99, you get a mansion tour by helicopter for up to three people from Bird’s Eye View Helicopters in Middletown (a $177 value).
Year-round, Bird’s Eye View Helicopters' climate-controlled choppers soar through Rhode Island skies with two to three passengers in tow, hovering over mansions and 18 miles of coastal scenery. The radiant Robinson R44 Raven zips through the air for a 10- to 12-minute jaunt over the expansive properties of Newport under the careful direction of the experienced pilot, flying over the Rosecliff mansion, Marble House, and the Kennedy family dog's estate. Watch waves crash and recede against foam-crested cliffs as the deep cerulean water contrasts against the sprawling verdant lawns and capering marble statues. The brilliant red machine scrapes the sky before whizzing over Hammersmith Farm and The Breakers, regal oceanside estates awash in history and sunbathing sasquatches.
Bird's Eye View Helicopters
As an aerial photographer, it makes sense for Jeff Codman to pilot a 2013 Robinson R-44. The viper-red aircraft affords him unlimited freedom of movement, nearly 360-degree visibility, and the ability to hover and swoop like a hummingbird as he dips 100 feet above the earth to snap shots of sailboats, unusual toupees, and ocean-side mansions.
Now, with Bird's Eye View Helicopters’ tours, Mr. Codman grants guests the same breathtaking aerial views in the helicopter that he’s enjoyed for more than 25 years. The Fall Foliage tour transports guests over a patchwork quilt of red and orange foliage, and the Island Tour traces a route above Ocean Drive and historic lighthouses. Mr. Codman even lets amateur pilots take the reins during a 25-minute introductory flight.
211 Airport Access Rd.
Middletown, Rhode Island 02842