Wings Air FAQs
Wings Air’s hangar is located at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, NY. We’re just past the main terminal in Hangar C2. The airport can easily be accessed by car (parking is free) or by the Metro-North railroad (Harlem line) from Grand Central Terminal (get off at White Plains station).
Yes, but our operations are affected by daylight hours, which change throughout the year. We are closed on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Yes but it’s always at the discretion of the pilot in command. Strong winds and low visibility are the usual causes behind flight cancellations.
It depends on who’s cancelling. Wings Air reserves the right to cancel flights due to weather and aircraft maintenance at any time. We realize this can be frustrating to our customers so we’ll work with you to reschedule or issue a refund. If you (the customer) decide to cancel your flight, you have to give us notice at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled departure time. Wings Air is not able to issue any type of refund for last-minute cancellations and no-shows.
We accept cash and all major credit cards including AMEX for a small fee. Check payments must be secured by a credit card.
Yes we can have temporary ramps placed to facilitate access to the helicopters.
It depends on how you’re feeling. If you’re generally not prone to motion sickness, you should be ok, but please check with your doctor first.
Yes, they’re valid for one year after purchase and transferable. Gift certificates are sent via email in a printable PDF format. (We do not offer plastic gift cards.) It’s recommended to use gift certificates within one year from purchasing them.
We love surprises and will do our best to bring even the most unusual ideas to life. Ask to speak with a member of our team and we’ll take it from there.
Our helicopter charter service area covers the Northeast USA from approx. Washington D.C. to Vermont. We can also operate flights in Canada thanks to our NAFTA Waiver.
Yes, we can provide our clients with chartered jets through our trusted partners.
Wings Air does not offer individual seats for sale on charter flights. Chartering with us provides you with the convenience of a private flight suited to your schedule.
To get the desired time slot it’s recommended to book several days, even weeks ahead, especially if you’re traveling during the busy summer months. Wings Air may be able to assist with same-day requests if there is availability.
Charters can be booked by completing and signing a formal quote that is emailed to you by your Wings Air charter representative. On this document you’ll be able to fill out the required information about the passengers and sign electronically. Your charter is confirmed once we receive the signed quote back.
Each helicopter has a maximum weight limit that must be maintained for safe operation. Depending on the number of passengers and the size of the aircraft multiple carry-on bags or small suitcases are OK. Large suitcases and oversized items may need to be transported separately on the ground. Your charter rep can help arrange luggage transfer if needed.
If the weather is not flyable and you’re not able to reschedule for another day, your charter rep will be happy to arrange a car for you to get you to your destination (if it’s within reasonable driving distance).
Unfortunately rooftop landings in New York City are not permitted. There are 3 heliports in Manhattan open to the general public: West 30th Street Heliport, East 34th Street Heliport and Downtown Manhattan/Wall Street Heliport.
Most of our tour flights depart from our base at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, NY and fly over Manhattan (to the south) or the Hudson Valley (to the north). The advantage of this location is the lower cost and the lack of crowds or visitor lines. Wings Air also offers private tours upon request from either one of the Midtown Manhattan heliports (West 30th Street or East 34th Street).
Group tours are typically done on our larger helicopters with 4-6 passengers, so you’ll be flying with other people. Private tours offer the convenience of flexible scheduling and privacy in the helicopter but are higher-priced.
All ages are welcome on tours. Children younger than 2 years may ride on their parent’s lap if deemed safe by the pilot in command. Anyone aged 2 years or older will need to have their own seat.
Unfortunately pricing is by seat and is not affected by the passenger’s age. However, Wings Air offers online promotions from time to time on sites like Groupon, Living Social and Smart Save.
We offer day, sunset and night tours 7 days a week. Tours are scheduled upon request and reservations are required. Passenger minimums apply.
Yes, we have multiple helicopters.
Yes, but picture-taking is not allowed until you’re seated inside the helicopter. Airport security prohibits photos taken by passengers on airport property such as the hangars and ramp. Wings Air personnel escorting you to/from the helicopter can take photos for you in front of the helicopter, available for purchase after the flight.
In our large turbine helicopters typically 1 or 2 people sit on the front next to the pilot and 3 or 4 people sit in the back. In our smaller Robinson R44 helicopter 1 person sits on the front and 2 people sit in the back. All seats are forward-facing and thanks to the large windows visibility is great from every angle. Passengers can communicate with one another and the pilot through noise-cancelling headsets.
Anything comfortable but not too loose is OK. Avoid long scarves and hats that can fly away around spinning rotors. Dress for the season but please note there is heat and air condition inside the helicopters.
The first step towards your goal is to take an introductory flight lesson. This experience gives you a feel for what it’s like piloting a helicopter before you commit your time and resources to it. Once you decide to move forward, you’ll have to supply certain documents and pass a medical examination.
Our flight training operations are conducted in the R44 helicopter. Wings Air no longer uses the S300 (Schweizer) model.
It depends on how frequently you can take lessons. The more often you attend, the faster you’ll get it done. The typical timeframe for obtaining a private license is one year.
This depends on many factors, such as which type of aircraft you’re training on and how often you take lessons. The average cost of a private pilot’s license on the Robinson R44 helicopter is $35,000.
Unfortunately not at the moment.
We accept major credit cards, checks and cash. We also offer financing through a third party called Pilot Finance Inc. To save money on your training, consider purchasing discounted wholesale hours (25- and 50-hour blocks available).
The recommended minimum age for flight lessons is 14 years (parental consent needed). You have to be at least 16 years old to take your checkride but you can definitely start training earlier. There is no age maximum for flight lessons, however, if you decide to pursue flight training, you’ll have to pass a medical examination.
Yes but only on the 4-seat Robinson R44 helicopter and only if weight limitations allow it. Riding along to watch your loved one flying the helicopter is optional and an additional passenger fee applies.
AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILM PRODUCTION
We can help you with anything from local aerial photography projects to commercial movie production. Check out our film credits!
Wings Air owns and operates multiple helicopters. Depending on the magnitude of your project you can use the 4-seat Robinson R44 or one of our 5-passenger turbine helicopters (AS350 or AS355).
Yes, we can provide stabilized camera equipment for aerial film production missions as well as photographers, camera operators and other specialized crew upon request. Please speak with a member of our team regarding your unique needs.