$110 for 20-Minute Helicopter Ride over Downtown Des Moines for Up to Three People from Iowa Helicopter ($200 Value)

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In a Nutshell

  • Bird's-eye view of Des Moines
  • Bring up to two friends
  • Owned by KCCI-TV's "Copter" John McLaughlin

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Apr 4, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required 72hr in advance; subject to availability. Must be 2 or older, no car seats. 600lb combined weight max. 300lb individual weight max. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The best part about seeing your house from an airborne helicopter is the chance to observe how it really acts when you're away. Spy on home away from home with today's Groupon: for $110, you get a 20-minute helicopter ride over downtown Des Moines for up to three people from Iowa Helicopter in Ankeny (a $200 value).

Owned by KCCI-TV's chief meteorologist "Copter" John McLaughlin, Iowa Helicopter's tours shepherd guests through the great blue yonder. "Copter" John even pilots some of the flights himself, which depart from Ankeny Regional Airport and last approximately 20 minutes, the same length of time it takes to construct a helicopter sculpture out of macaroni. During the downtown Des Moines excursion, up to three passengers can yodel in multipart harmony above such notable structures as the Saylorville Dam, 801 Grand, Principal Park, the Brenton Skating Plaza, and the state capitol, easily viewable from cloud-skimming perspectives.

Iowa Helicopter

Pilot and local network meteorologist John McLaughlin has logged more than 7,700 hours of accident-free flight time in both fixed wing planes and rotorcraft. He draws on that experience to lead flights and tours around Iowa such as agricultural and crop condition surveys and holiday lights sightseeing tours. The flights soar over farmland and wilderness, and he also zips over Des Moines for panoramic views of the skyline and river. John also provides flight training and examinations, teaching burgeoning pilots the fundamentals of flight and the best mouth noises to make during takeoff.

Customer Reviews

Our ride was a birthday present to take our 12 year old grandson on his first copter ride. Our Pilot was extremely friendly, knowledgeable and took the extra time to explain details to our grandson, as well as, answer his many questions.
Jack H. · September 26, 2013
My family had the time of their life! Excellent service!
Teresa K. · July 22, 2013
My pilot, JR was great! Very friendly & knowledgable. Would love to do it again!
Bruce J. · April 4, 2012

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