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Airplane/Helicopter Rides- New York



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  • Dutchess County

    Rhinebeck Aerodrome
    9 Norton Rd., Rhinebeck, NY 12572. Phone: (845) 752-3200.

    The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome is a true “living” museum of antique aviation located in Rhinebeck, New York. We present one of the largest collections of early aeroplanes in the world, many of which regularly take to the air in all their glory during our weekend airshows. The Aerodrome features aeroplanes, automobiles, motorcycles, early engines and memorabilia from 1900-1935. In addition to the airshows, there are four museum buildings displaying aircraft form the Pioneer Era, World War I and the Lindbergh/Barnstorming era. These were the golden years of aviation. Our weekend air shows are scheduled from mid-June through mid-October. On these weekends (weather permitting), the Aerodrome turns back the hands of time and relives the years of early aviation. The colorful era of early aviation is brought back to life amidst the roar of rotary engines and is great entertainment for all ages.See the beauty of New York’s historic Hudson Valley from the air in a classic 1929 New Standard open-cockpit biplane! Passengers are flown over the Hudson River and back at a cost of $75.00 per person. The New Standard seats up to four passengers, so you can share this incredible experience with your friends and relatives. Flights are booked on a first come/first serve basis every Saturday and Sunday June through October. The rides booth opens at 10:00AM on airshow weekends. Always a favorite with our guests these rides book quickly so arrive early to ensure a seat. Sorry we cannot reserve rides on the weekends. Pre-arranged weekday rides and gift certificates are also available.

    Richmor Aviation
    84 Citation Dr.,Wappingers Falls, NY 12590. Phone (845) 462-2900.

    Call us today to schedule an Introductory Flight Lesson!

    Orange County

    Airplane Rides in New York/Above The Clouds
    Middletown, NY 10941. Phone: (845)692-2556. Flies from Randall Airport 100 Airport Road, Middletown, NY 10940.

    Our flying area is absolutely beautiful.  The Shawangunk Ridge rises majestically to the north and the mighty Hudson River winds down the valley to the east.  High Point, NJ is marked with a monument to the west and the Palisades Mountains are to our south.  Orange County still has plenty of agricultural and horse farms in the area too.  The Cessna 182 Skylane is one of the most popular airplanes around.  It comfortably holds four people and plenty of baggage.  The high wing design makes getting in and out a breeze.  Leather seats and noise reducing headsets add to passenger comfort.  The 230 horsepower engine pulls the airplane along at speeds up to 160 miles hour but we can slow it down for sightseeing.

    Valley Soaring Club
    Randall Airport 100 Airport Rd., Middletown, NY 10940. Phone: (845) 564-2054.

    Thank you for visiting the Valley Soaring Club, a non-profit club of soaring enthusiasts who share an unbridled passion for blue skies and the thrill of riding the wind like a bird in flight.  We provide affordable facilities, equipment and professional instruction. Our goal is promote and safely practice the exciting sport of soaring. Open to beginners, novices and experts alike, our mission is to offer recreation, competition, and good fellowship in a social yet professional environment. Public rides and intro packages are available. We do not take reservations. Rides are first come first serve. Intro flights will be scheduled in order of sign-up and fit into our normal training operation. Come visit us and experience the thrill of Soaring! We operate from April through December, Saturdays, Sundays and most  Monday holidays. We start operations about 10:30am. Sorry we do not fly during the week.

    Westchester County

    Independent Helicopters
    1070 First St., Bldg 118, Stewart Airport, Newburgh, NY. Phone:(845) 549-3755.

    Providing Flight Instruction, Aerial Photography, Helicopter Rides and Tours, Powerline and Pipeline Patrol. Based at Atlantic Aviation at Stewart Airport in Newburgh, NY. Enjoy an adventure ride on a helicopter to see the fall foliage the exciting way.  Come experience Christmas lights from a Bird’s eye view! If you don’t care to fly to a specific area, you can fly around the local area for an hour or so. Independent Helicopters offers gift certificates year round!

    Awesome Flight
    12 Indian Cove Rd.,Mamaroneck, NY 10543. Flies out of White Plains. Phone: (914) 450-2635.

    Personal helicopter charters are a great way to surprise a loved one, a quick and comfortable way of travel to your vacation home, and a great way to start off a weekend trip to the Hamptons with a friend. Let us know where your destination is located so we can accommodate you. NYC scenic tours, Long Island,  Atlantic City, Martha’s Vineyard, etc.

    Manhattan Helicopters/Wings Air
    67 Tower Road, Hangar T, White Plains, NY 10604. Phone: (212) 845-9822 or (877) 292-7554.

    Welcome to Manhattan Helicopters, the premier helicopter sightseeing company in New York City. Our comprehensive New York helicopter tours and unmatched VIP service will be the experience of a lifetime and the highlight of your visit to New York.

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