Pilots are the cowboys of the air, roaming the wide-open skies and herding children's runaway balloons. Giddy up, up, and away with today's Groupon from Higher Ground Helicopters in Middletown. Choose between the following options:
- For $149, you get a demonstration discovery lesson (a $300 value)
- For $279, you get a half-hour helicopter tour for two (a $600 value)
Higher Ground Helicopters' certified pilots lead passengers on aerial tours and students toward the discovery of flight in their flight academy. Helicopter-commanding novices begin with a half-hour of ground training on controls, safety, flight basics, and how to harvest clouds for making giant s'mores. Pairs then lift into the air in a Robinson helicopter from Middletown Hook Field airport launch pad. Students practice controlling their four-winged steeds using basic technique and positive reinforcement in 30 minutes of hands-on aerial instruction. Discovery flights introduce newcomers to the idea of flight training; the half-hour may be applied toward pilot certification.
Following a half-hour briefing, sightseeing pairs board aerial chariots for a half-hour guided tour over Cincinnati. Pilots chart a course for the city's downtown district, flying over the river's docks, anchored boats, and fishermen slumber parties. The tour circles the downtown area, granting multiple views of the celebrated city skyline as passengers peer down on Great American Ballpark on the river and the arched entrance to Cincinnati Museum Center. Flyers also glimpse the sky-tickling citadels of Great American Tower and Carew Tower as they preside over the streets like omnipresent meter maids before chopping back in the direction of the airport.
Higher Ground Helicopters
Under the guidance of founder Chad Fath, the licensed helicopter pilots and instructors at Higher Ground Helicopters take visitors on scenic 'copter rides above the city as well as train students to become full-fledged pilots. Flight training lessons take place in the evenings to accommodate busy adult schedules, with the goal of turning inexperienced students into certified professionals within 10 to 18 months. For guests on the fence about flying, Higher Ground offers hands-on demos, which consist of 30 minutes of ground training and 30 minutes of piloting in the air. For guests who simply wish to enjoy the scenery, Higher Ground's expert pilots host scenic tours that showcase the Cincinnati skyline.