1. United States
  2. New York State
  3. New York City
  4. Empire State Building

New York City: Aerial Photography Flight

Product ID: 133749
Do something different in New York City and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience for all those interested in aerial photography. Fly over the city center with unobstructed views from an open-door helicopter to take amazing photos.
About this activity
Duration: 1 hour
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Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible

Pickup optional

Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Fly over New York City in an open-door helicopter
  • Capture the best photos of Manhattan from the sky without glare from helicopter windows
  • Get guidance from a friendly and experienced pilot
  • Enjoy a private flight without other passengers, just for your group and the pilot
Full description
Discover how to capture amazing aerial photos of New York City on your camera during a 1-hour flight for up to 3 photography enthusiasts. Climb aboard a Robinson R44 helicopter with an open door for unobstructed views!

Depart from Westchester Airport, and fly over major Manhattan landmarks such as Central Park, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and many more. Avail of the opportunity to request additional or specific landmarks, as long as they're not located in a restricted area and fit into the 1-hour time slot.

Available 7 days a week, weather conditions and aircraft maintenance permitting, flights can be taken during the day, at sunset, or in time for the sunrise to suit your preferences. Flights depart from Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York, a relaxed, crowd-free location just outside NYC. It’s easily accessed by public transit (Metro-North rail) and by car (free parking).
Includes
  • 1-hour private aerial photography flight aboard a Robinson R44 helicopter
What’s Not Included
  • Additional early/late operation fees, applicable before 7:00 AM and after 8:00 PM
  • Airport fee ($25 per person)

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Ross Aviation West Hangar, Westchester Airport, 67 Tower Road, White Plains, NY 10604. Meeting point is easily accessible by the Metro-North train from Grand Central to White Plains station, then a quick taxi ride to the airport. Average travel time is 45-60 minutes.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Flights depart from Westchester County Airport in White Plains, a crowd-free location just outside NYC easily accessed by public transit (Metro-North rail from Grand Central Terminal) or car (free parking)
• Convenient roundtrip transfers available from anywhere in Manhattan for additional fee (if selected)
• Max weight 250 lbs (113 kg) per passenger - subject to combined weight limits per helicopter (500 lbs or 226 kg)
• Max height 6 ft 3 in (192 cm)
• Flights must be confirmed with local partner at time of booking
• Share flight with other photographers or book private helicopter. Shared flights require a minimum of 2 passengers and may be cancelled if minimum is not met
• Flights are with open doors unless otherwise requested
• Legs and feet must be kept inside helicopter at all times. Anyone violating this important safety policy is subject to immediate termination of the flight with no refund and a penalty of $250 USD
• Minimum age 14
• Under 18s require parent/guardian consent
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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Must have been done once in a lifetime !!!

The entire organization in advance ran smoothly. We were picked up on time in Harlem and then it was 45 minutes to the departure point outside of New York. There we were received and briefed by the pilot. Then it went straight to the helicopter. Of course we had time for photos and it was already in the air towards Manhattan. Because the helicopter had no doors (we had it removed to be able to take better photos), the direct experience of flying the helicopter was indescribable. The pilot gave us enough time at every hotspot to be able to take a lot of photos. We easily had 40 minutes to take sufficient pictures of all the sightseeing points. Our conclusion: If you really want to experience something extraordinary you should jump over your shadow and spend the money.

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December 28, 2018

Must have been done once in a lifetime !!!

The entire organization in advance ran smoothly. We were picked up on time in Harlem and then it was 45 minutes to the departure point outside of New York. There we were received and briefed by the pilot. Then it went straight to the helicopter. Of course we had time for photos and it was already in the air towards Manhattan. Because the helicopter had no doors (we had it removed to be able to take better photos), the direct experience of flying the helicopter was indescribable. The pilot gave us enough time at every hotspot to be able to take a lot of photos. We easily had 40 minutes to take sufficient pictures of all the sightseeing points. Our conclusion: If you really want to experience something extraordinary you should jump over your shadow and spend the money.

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December 28, 2018

June 29, 2019

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Product ID: 133749