From catapulting flaming soldiers over castle walls to sitting on active geysers, humans have long been fixated on flying through the air. Absorb the wonderment of flight with today’s Groupon: for $99, you get an aerial mansion tour for up to three people (a $177 value) from Bird’s Eye View Helicopters, located at the Newport State Airport in Middletown.
Bird’s Eye View Helicopters releases its passengers from the oppressive constraints of gravity, propelling them to exhilarating heights with safe, professionally operated helicopter tours. Three guests can ride together and snap desktop-worthy aerial photos during the 10–12-minute Mansion Tour. The trip covers about 18 miles and offers breathtaking views of the ocean and some of Newport’s finest residences, such as The Elms, Rosecliff Mansion, Marble House, and The Breakers, a National Historic Landmark that was owned by the Vanderbilt family. Drink in the sights of these historic homes while keeping eyeballs peeled for the edges of our flat earth.
Owned and operated by Jeff Codman, an experienced helicopter pilot, Bird’s Eye View Helicopters carries its guests in the clean, reliable, and smooth-flying Robinson R-44 Raven I. The viper red craft can carry up to three passengers, all of whom enjoy exceptional views through the copter’s glassy bubble. Guests must call ahead to schedule their wingless flight through the crown of earth’s 10-gallon hat.
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