Freedom Helicopters


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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

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Nov 15, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Must sign waiver. Subject to weather. Reservation required. Limit 1/person, may buy 2 as gifts. Limit 1 per person per visit. 48hr cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price may apply. Must be 4+ & accompanied by guardian for tour; must be 14+ 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. To fly together for VIP option, each rider must have voucher. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $85 for Introductory Helicopter Flight Lesson or VIP Indianapolis Helicopter Tour ($159 value)

Under expert guidance, introductory lessons supply prospective pilots with about 35-40 minutes of ground instruction and 20-25 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 30 total minutes, with a 20-25 minutes 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

Awesome experience!
Heather H. · August 12, 2016
Awesome experience! My husband loved it!
Dawn D. · December 8, 2015
It was wonderful and fun The pilot was very nice and informative
Alexandria F. · December 4, 2015
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    Tom Wood Aviation building at the Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport

    9913 Willow View Road

    Fishers, IN 46038


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