THE BLOG

23
Dec

10% Off and Merry Christmas!

May your Holiday be bright and warm and your New Year be prosperous!

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2016 is almost to an end… 8 more days to be exact!  Can’t wait to see what 2017 brings!

Finish your last minute shopping or if you buy 10 hours, get 1 Free!!

ENJOY 10% off until 2017

Use code HHBDAY at checkout!

Don’t Forget to Shop Small!

AMEX card holders receive 2X the points when you shop at Independent Helicopters until the end of 2016!
Register your card at American Express

Pay it forward and please consider a donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or the ASPCA with your purchase this Winter.

From all of us at Independent Helicopters…

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

17
Oct

Fall Foliage Tours!

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Photo courtesy of Stefen Turner Photography

There’s still time to take a tour to see the Fall Foliage!

Fall is a beautiful time of year in the northeast. Many people love to drive around and take in the striking natural display. You can get an even better view of the fall foliage this year by booking a helicopter tour.

Our helicopters carry up to 3 passengers at a time and our most popular tour is 30 minutes and it carries you over West Point, Bannerman’s Island, Mount Beacon, the Hudson River and the Hudson Valley.

Fall is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of nature. If you have a family tradition of driving around to look at fall foliage, do something even better this year. Book a helicopter tour so that you and your family can have a bird’s eye view of Mother Nature’s spectacular display. Contact us today to make your reservations.

05
Oct

Helicopter Airsoft October 16th!!

Pre Register for Helicopter Airsoft by October 16th!

Only 10 days to pre-register for helicopter airsoft at the discounted price!!

Come join us and Zulu24 for a combination of airsoft, helicopters and aerial gunnery! With two gunners in the back seat (one on either side) and either an observer or gunner in the front seat we can take 3 people per flight!

We’ll fly over the fields allowing the gunners a unique opportunity to rain down from above!

Pre-Registration is $50 and the discounted price ends October 15th!

** There is a weight limit of 250 pounds per passenger and combined limit of 600 pounds for all three passengers!**  Call for more information!

Flights and Airsoft are Scheduled for October 16th!

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Check our Facebook page for details!

Help us celebrate with the guys from Zulu24 at 380 Mount Airy Rd in New Windsor, NY!

Tickets are $50 pre-registration, and $75 day of!

Independent Helicopters, LLC
Stewart International Airport: (845) 549-3755
Saratoga County Airport: (518) 796-4306

11
Sep

Remembering 9/11… 15 years ago

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Written by Cheryl Sawyer

As the soot and dirt and ash rained down,
We became one color.
As we carried each other down the stairs of the burning building,
We became one class.
As we lit candles of waiting and hope
We became one generation.
As the firefighters and police officers fought their way into the inferno
We became one gender.
As we fell to our knees in prayer for strength,
We became one faith.
As we whispered or shouted words of encouragement,
We spoke one language.
As we gave our blood in lines a mile long,
We became one body.
As we mourned together the great loss
We became one family.
As we cried tears of grief and loss
We became one soul.
As we retell with pride of the sacrifice of heros
We become one people.

We are
One color
One class
One generation
One gender
One faith
One language
One body
One family
One soul
One people

We are The Power of One.
We are United.
We are America.

05
Sep
17
Jun

Happy Father’s Day Weekend!

One of our favorite times of the year is mid-June because there is so much going on the Hudson Valley and the weather is juustttt right. Father’s day falls perfectly within this time frame and it is so fun getting to fly with families and host surprise father’s-day tours. There’s something so special about seeing dads and families bond in a whole new way! So if you’re stuck on a last minute fathers day gift, consider a flight tour or flight lessons to make his year really unique.

 

TREAT DAD

15
Jun

Seven in Seven

We are so, so, so excited about our recent acquisition of a 6th helicopter! We picked it up just last week and put it right to work, zipping through 7 states in 7 hours (Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey & New York). Not only are we pumped about expanding our fleet, but also our activity! Book a flight tour today to see what all the hype is about.image9

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10
Jun

2016 Hudson Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival

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Photo courtesy of Will Cook Photography

NOTE: THIS IS ONLY FOR HELICOPTER RIDES, YOU MUST STILL REGISTER FOR THE FESTIVAL OR BALLOON RIDES SEPARATELY!

PURCHASE HELICOPTER TICKETS HERE

Helicopter rides are 10 minutes each!
Here is some information for the Festival’s events!
At Barton Orchards:
Friday: Balloon launches will be at 6 p.m. and the festival goes from Noon – 10pm with Fireworks in the evening.
Saturday: Balloon launches will be at 6 am and 6pm and the festival goes from 5am – 7am and Noon – 10pm with a Moon Glow in the evening.
Sunday: Balloon launches will be at 6 am and 6pm and the festival goes from 5am – 7am and Noon – 7pm
Festival will include family activities, food and beverages, and live music.
Admission to the morning launches is free, however, admission to the afternoon festivals is $10 on Friday and Saturday in advance (a limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $12) and $5 on Sunday. Advance sale tickets are available, including an ALL ACCESS WEEKEND PASS at www.balloonfesthv.com.
Balloon tether Rides will be available for sale for CASH ONLY the weekend of the event.
A limited number of Balloon Rides are available for advance purchase ONLY.
31
May

We want to hear from YOU!

As we enter a gorgeous summer season, we are looking for some meaningful feedback from all of our student pilots. If you’ve ever flown with us, your feedback in this online survey would mean the world to us! Not only is this a great opportunity for us to improve, but if we receive enough student responses we could be featured in the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA) Flight Excellence Awards.

The poll (link below) will be open until August 22. You’ll be seeing a lot of info about this scattered throughout our various social media platforms, so please don’t hesitate to ask any questions at all.

Take the poll here!

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25
May

That’s a wrap!

After what feels like no time at all, our campaign efforts for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society have come to a close. We had so much fun hosting our Paint & Sip, the 5k, TWO helicopter paintballs (a first for us!), our fly in breakfast, and more. It was a great and rewarding experience and we couldn’t have done it without everyone who came out to support us every step of the way.

All and all, we raised $20,000 which contributed to a total $600,000 raised across the Upstate New York/Vermont region. Matt’s efforts were very impressive and we were so excited to see our energy channeled  towards a cause that really matters. The regional winners were Kelsey Carr from The Chazen Companies and Rick Ostroff from Ostroff Associates, and we applaud them!
For more information about the regional efforts, please check out: http://www.mwoy.org/uny/.

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