Humans have always found joy in exploring the upper stratosphere, whether it's bird watching while jumping on trampolines or racing to write the first message-board post on the moon. Make friends with the sky with today’s Groupon: for $139, you get a two-person, round-trip helicopter flight to Charlie's Steak, Ribs & Ale from Chopper Charter Branson (a $220 value).
The friendly pilots at Chopper Charter Branson chauffeur passengers on an FAA-certified air carrier through the empyrean highways above Branson's scenic terrain. Flights depart from helipads at the Taney County Airport, located off Highway 65, or from passengers' own homes in the Branson area,¬ as long as a helicopter landing can be safely accommodated and neighboring tilt-o-whirl enthusiasts won't attempt to strap themselves onto the propeller. Cruising at an average air speed of more than 100 mph, passengers will take in panoramic vistas of the forested fields and local trivia from the knowledgeable staff.
Whirlybirds become landlubbers upon arrival at Charlie's Steak, Ribs & Ale, where a barbecue- and steak-filled menu awaits famished flyers and avid meat collectors. Although dinner and drinks at Charlie's are not covered with this Groupon, helicopter passengers receive 15% off the total bill when they disembark. After meals, the chopper will, unlike an off-brand time machine, transport sky farers back to their original point of departure.
Chopper Charter Branson
Chopper Charter Branson's flights range from aerial photography to scenic tours and hands-on instruction and training. Each student learns on the Robinson R44 helicopter, touted as the most popular helicopter in the world. The FAA-certified air carrier meticulously maintains their choppers, taking all safety precautions and plopping them onto a treadmill for at least 30 minutes, three to five times a week.