The human obsession with flight stems from a refusal to accept limitations and an intense desire to finally move out of gravity's basement. Claim your own airspace with today's Groupon: for $169, you get a Grand Rapids–tour package for up to three people from EasyRotor Helicopter (a $374 value). The package includes the following:
- A helicopter tour for up to three people (a $299 value)
- Three framed photos, snapped during your group's takeoff (a $75 value)
Tour takers must reserve their flight at least two days in advance, and may do so here or by attaching their reservation requests to the nearest pigeon wearing aviator goggles.
The experienced pilots of EasyRotor Helicopter ferry passengers on tours that grant unobstructed views of downtown skyscrapers from heights of up to 1,000 feet. After strapping into the model R44 Raven chopper, clients don noise-cancelling headphones and kiss a portrait of Leo da Vinci, the patron saint of helicopters. Journeyers then soar from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport toward the Grand Rapids downtown area, savoring smooth aerial views before turning back on their 15–20-minute jaunt. With in-flight communication, passengers can converse freely, listen without strain as their pilot relates anecdotes on the sights below, and tune in to their favorite XM satellite-radio station.
Founded in 2005 by passionate aviator Eric Swanson, the high-flying adventures of EasyRotor Helicopter have enjoyed publicity from Rapid Growth Media as well as from fellow Michigander and recording artist Kid Rock, who hired the company to shoot aerial footage for a music video. EasyRotor's world-class R44 Raven chopper, manufactured by Robinson Helicopter Company, conveniently facilitates the company's tours and aerial services based out of Gerald R. Ford International Airport. As the helicopter slices through the air, views of Grand Rapids, its downtown, and passengers' own homes come into view. Noise-canceling headphones allow for both free-flowing conversation and unobstructed listening to the pilot's anecdotes on the sights below and the exploits of Leo da Vinci, the patron saint of helicopters.:m]]