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What You'll Get
Helicopters have evolved significantly since the 1920s, when many choppers took up flying after leaving unfulfilling careers as windmills. Fly like the wind with today's Groupon: for $99, you get a 30-minute helicopter tour of downtown Denver for one person (a $199 value) from Colorado Heli-Ops in Broomfield.
Overseeing a sleek, modern fleet of Robinson R44 and Schweizer 300c helicopters, the airborne Sherpas at Colorado Heli-Ops lead daring denizens on vertical joyrides through the Denver skies. Meet your golden-faced doppelgänger in the reflection of the capitol building's iconic dome, then cruise over Elitch Gardens before stiff-arming past the 50-yard line at Invesco Field. Passengers pose as fly balls while hovering above Coors Field and aerially observe zebra jousts at the Denver Zoo.
Heli-Ops' staff of benevolent wind barons boast more than 5,000 hours of combined flight time, high-altitude training, and experience. All tours start from Metro Airport in Broomfield, and are conducted from within one of Heli-Ops' lustrous, black Robinson R44 helicopters, complete with leather seats, Bose headsets, and iPod adapters that allow flyers to create their own high-altitude soundtrack of show tunes and seagull smack-talk comebacks.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Mar 29, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person, may buy 4 additional as gifts. Reservation required; subject to availability, weather, operational factors, or flight restrictions. 48hr cancellation notice required. 290lb weight max per person. Total weight restrictions may apply. Must sign waiver. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Colorado Heli-Ops
Suspended within a glass and steel bubble, passengers soar over red-rock foothills and misty mountaintops. In the distance, they can glimpse the towering steel buildings of the Mile High City. The sun glints from a golden dome, and abstract façades of modern architecture reach toward clear, blue skies dotted with clouds. Though their ears are shielded by headsets, the passengers can hear the hum of the helicopter’s blades as thsiey slice through the air. Customers also get a chance to try their hand at piloting a helicopter on one of the simulators.
Colorado Heli-Ops's team of extensively trained pilots has ferried passengers on over 1000 aerial tours such as these that fly over some of their state’s most historic sites and breathtaking scenery. The sleek metal hulls of the helicopters provide limousine-like luxury with plush leather seats. On-staff photographers can professionally capture tour memories with high-powered lenses affixed to digital cameras.
Colorado Heli-Ops's instructors also use their mechanical birds to train clients for private and commercial pilot’s licenses or help them brush up on more specialized skills through programs in high-altitude and mountain flight. To enable preflight preparation and let students observe the flight patterns of digital geese, staffers operate an FAA-certified Merlin Turbine simulator.