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Private Helicopter-Flying Lesson on a Weekday or Weekend at East Coast Aero Club in Bedford (Up to 57% Off)


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Under guidance of FAA-certified instructor, students take control of Robinson R44 Raven helicopter

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Promotional value expires Nov 28, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Must be 14 or older. 270lb weight max. Subject to weather. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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 this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $119 for a private introductory helicopter-flying lesson, valid Monday–Friday (a $279 value)
  • $139 for a private introductory helicopter-flying lesson, valid Saturday or Sunday (a $279 value)

During introductory flight lessons, an FAA-certified instructor shows students how to operate the controls of a Robinson R44 Raven helicopter. Before stepping foot in the single-engine chopper, the student and instructor first review some required materials on the ground. Once aboard, the duo practices such aerial maneuvers as takeoffs, climbs, and turns. For the technically inclined, East Coast Aero Club recommends some helicopter-operation reading material, found on the company’s introductory flight webpage.

East Coast Aero Club

Since 1985, the FAA-certified team of pilots and instructors at East Coast Aero Club has shepherded citizens from Hanscom Field airport to the skies above Boston for sightseeing, introductory flights, and pilot-certification programs. The crew oversees a 35-aircraft-strong fleet composed of planes by Piper, Cessna, Cirrus, and Diamond, as well as helicopters by Robinson. The company’s entry-level educational program, Learn to Fly, matches pupils up with one of more than 25 certified flight instructors, who teach students how to read each craft's instruments and back issues of SkyMall.

But passengers don't just learn about flight; they also learn about the area around them. Scenic flights afford aerial views of the city, soaring from Hanscom Field over such sights as the Lexington battlefields, the Charles River, and the USS Constitution. Passengers can bring along cameras to capture the spectacular views and document any crop circles they spot in the outfield at Fenway Park.


  • “Fun, friendly staff and an all around great experience. ”

  • “Loved the helicopter ride. East Coast was great! Great 1st helicopter ride Would do it again. ”

  • “Great bunch of guys. The classroom instructor kept the material informative, yet entertaining. The flight instructor was laid back while still very professional,...”

    “Great bunch of guys. The classroom instructor kept the material informative, yet entertaining. The flight instructor was laid back while still very professional, and made what might have been a nerve-wracking flight very enjoyable. ”

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