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In a Nutshell

After ground safety briefing at Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport, aspiring airmen operate controls or sit back for tour at 1,000 feet

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Promotional value expires Mar 20, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1/person, may buy 2 add'l as gifts. Limit 1/visit. 48hr cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price may apply at appt. Must sign waiver. Must be 4 or older & accompanied by guardian for tour; must be 14 or older for flight lesson. 216lb weight max for 1-person intro lesson. 270lb weight max per person for VIP option of 2-3 people; 540lb total. No alcohol, tobacco, smoking or hazardous materials, permitted in or near helicopter. Intoxicated or impaired persons will not be permitted in helicopter. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Early man's attempts at flying included sewing feathers onto his arms or trying to harpoon a passing comet. Learn to fly the new-fashioned way with this Groupon.

$79 for an Introductory Helicopter Flight Lesson or VIP Indianapolis Helicopter Tour (Up to $159 Value)

Under expert guidance, introductory lesson supplies prospective pilots with about 30 minutes of flight time—applicable toward an FAA private pilot license certificate—in a Robinson R22 helicopter, documented in a souvenir logbook. The VIP tour lasts about 45 total minutes, with a half-hour spent in the air as passengers relax and capture views of local landmarks ranging from Lucas Oil Stadium to Broad Ripple Village from a Robinson R44 helicopter. Two-to-three passengers may go aboard for the VIP tour, and if customers want to do a flight together, each passenger must purchase a Groupon.

Freedom Helicopters

Joe Newkirk can still recall the look on the 9-year-old's face when she gazed out of the helicopter window. The girl, who suffered from vision problems, won an essay contest themed "Live Life in HD." Among the contest's donated prizes—which included a zamboni ride—Newkirk contributed a helicopter experience. As he saw the girl transfixed by the view at 1,000 feet, he recognized how her experienced mirrored his first time in the air. "The feeling you get, it's a feeling of freedom." Hence the name, Freedom Helicopters.

Originally a design engineer for a helicopter manufacturer, Newkirk found himself less interested in engineering parts and more fascinated by how the machines could lift straight off the ground without a runway start or being kicked by a Rockette. After obtaining his Federal Aviation Administration license, he recognized the scarcity of experienced pilots due to the military's increasing retention of helicopter operators. Today, Newkirk and his team of fellow FAA licensed pilots work to remedy the shortage and help people cross an experience of their bucket lists by turning over the controls of Robinson helicopters capable of sustaining speeds of 130 miles per hour. Backed by training from Newkirk's team, Freedom Helicopters' alumni have gone from zero hours of experience to leading helicopter tours through the Grand Canyon and saving lives as medical evacuation specialists.

Customer Reviews

Great experience. Instructor was top rate.
Thomas S. · January 4, 2013
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Thanks for letting us provide a great experience during your intro helicopter flight lesson. Let us know if you would like to fly again. Joe Newkirk Freedom Helicopters 317-432-4525
Merchant replied · January 21, 2013
one of the most enjoyable things I've ever donr
Marie A. · May 28, 2017
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We always enjoy hearing when people enjoy their flight. Let your friends know about us if they might enjoy the lesson or tour experience. Thank you, Joe Newkirk Freedom Helicopters 317-432-4525
Merchant replied · June 22, 2017
Wonderful experience! Pilot was friendly and knowledgeable. I felt comfortable and relaxed enough to enjoy the flight and even took the controls for a bit under careful direction. I would highly recommend the flight lesson to anyone with an interest in learning more.
Melissa V. · May 19, 2017
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Glad to hear you enjoyed your lesson. Let your friends know about us if they might enjoy the experience. Thank you, Joe Newkirk Freedom Helicopters 317-432-4525
Merchant replied · May 22, 2017

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