NYC AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY HELICOPTER FLIGHTS
Open Door Helicopter Flights – The Ultimate New York Aerial Photography Experience
Our NYC aerial photography flights depart from our Westchester Airport location, only a 12-15-minute helicopter flight from Midtown Manhattan and are 1 hour or longer. Helicopter doors are removed for unobstructed views, unless otherwise requested. Due to a recent change in regulations, open-door flights are not permitted to take off or land at Manhattan heliports. Our Westchester location is quiet, crowd-free and easily accessible by car or the Metro-North train from Grand Central Terminal to White Plains station then a quick taxi ride. Total travel time approximately 45-60 minutes. Train schedules here.
Aerial photography instructor: beginners are accompanied by a seasoned instructor to learn lens settings, shooting angles and more while flying over iconic Manhattan landmarks for additional fee.
Car service: roundtrip car service available between Manhattan and Westchester for additional fee.
If you’re on a smaller budget, you can purchase individual seats on shared Instagram photo flights and fly together with other photographers. Our experienced helicopter pilots will create a flight plan that works for everyone, covering the most photographed New York landmarks. This option requires a 2-person minimum to operate.
Please note: online bookings are subject to availability and not automatically confirmed. We will do our best to accommodate your requested day and time or offer the closest available alternative. To book a private flight, please select 1 for quantity (you are booking one private helicopter) and list all passenger names on one line when prompted. For shared Instagram Photo Flights please enter the number of passengers (you are booking individual seats).
We are Wyvern registered and have been flying safely since our inception in 2002. In order to ensure continued flying safety, all passengers must receive a safety briefing prior to takeoff. The safety briefing covers important emergency procedures and the proper use of life vests and seat belts. Door removal is at the sole discretion of the Pilot In Command. Doors will not be removed if it’s less than 30 degrees Fahrenheit outside. Legs and feet must be kept inside the aircraft at all times. Anyone violating this very important safety rule will result in their flight being terminated immediately with no refund and subject to an additional penalty of $250. All smartphones and cameras must be secured by neck straps or writs straps. Loose items must be stowed in the hold or the under-the-seat compartments. The DOT and FAA have banned Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones from all aircraft.