Iowa Helicopter


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In a Nutshell

Up to three passengers soar above Saylorville Lake reservoir’s glistening water in a chopper helmed by a licensed pilot

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Promotional value expires Oct 27, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gifts. Reservation required. Must sign waiver. Subject to weather. 3 passenger max. 500lb total weight max. No car seats allowed. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Helicopters are so beloved that they've earned countless nicknames, such as "choppers," "harleys" (short for harley-copters), and "motor-cycles," for the many cycling motors they contain. Be an easy glider with this Groupon.

$175 for a Helicopter Tour of Saylorville Lake ($350 Value)

After departing from Ankeny Regional Airport, a licensed pilot shepherds up to three passengers around and above Saylorville Lake, hovering along the eastern shore before heading to the Mile Long Bridge, Camp Dodge, and the Saylorville Dam. Covering a flight path of about 25 miles, the tour takes approximately 20 minutes. Tours are conducted Friday–Sunday by appointment, weather permitting.

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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