HeliExpo 2016 Recap

Time is flying, isn’t it? It feels like just yesterday we were down in Louisville, KY for this year’s Heli Expo. This is always a highlight of our year because it’s a great way for us to connect with other helicopter companies big and small and see what is trending in the industry. It was a great time and so fun seeing some new and old faces (we even spotted Sergei Sikorsky!). One of the coolest thing was being able to explore Churchill Downs and get some great night views of the racetrack. This is a beautiful venue and being down there got us so excited for warm weather and horse racing season!

Other fun highlights included Heather getting a chance to fly the little grey beauty in this last picture (an MD530F, so awesome), and getting to check out Robinson’s new R44 cadet for the first time. Overall, it was an awesome trip and we are already gearing up for next year.




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Stewart Airport 5K for LLS

Showcase your Business!

Looking for Sponsors to join us at Stewart Airport on March 26th from 9am – 11am as we Race to Cure Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!


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Are you connected with Independent Helicopters in all of the ways that you could be? Make sure to tune in with us on Instagram and Facebook to catch all of our latest updates! This is a great way to see what we’re up to and give you some inspiration during your weekdays.

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5K Run For LLS At Stewart International Airport!

Run for your health, Run to fight cancer!

Come run with us Easter Weekend from 9am-11am!



It is our absolute pleasure to announce the 5K Run For LLS at Stewart International Airport. Come join us on March 26th!

Smokin Grate BBQ will be here cooking some amazing food!

We’ll have music provided by WRWD 107.3, cool helicopter medals, water and snacks for the runners, awesome vendors and we’ll be raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!

Checks may be made payable to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society


LLS Kickoff Event! Prizes, live music, and more!

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has been an organization near and dear to our hearts at Independent Helicopters over the past several years, as they work to raise money and fight blood cancers. Their fundraising programs provide us with some really unique opportunities to turn our passion for aviation into something that unites people for a great cause (hello, helicopter paintball!).

As many of you know, our very own Matt Taggard is launching his campaign for LLS Man of the Year next week. Next Friday, March 5th we will be kicking off at Billy Joe’s Ribworks in Newburgh and auctioning off various prizes!

Stop by from 4-6pm for free food, a chance to donate to Matt’s campaign and win Helicopter Paintball tickets. Also enjoy live music with Jared Funari and a chance to experience “Behind the Bar” at Billy Joe’s. A suggested donation of $10 at the door will go towards Matt’s LLS campaign. First 20 people will receive a complimentary gift bag! We hope to see you there! Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 1.32.09 PM


Dreaming of warmer weather…

We’re so lucky that the February temperatures have been so good to us, but it still seems like summer days are still so far away. After some quality time perusing YouTube we stumbled across this video of an R44 helicopter tour in Hawaii. These are the same helicopters we use, just half a world away! It’s always fun to watch videos like this and see how different an experience can be when you’re in a totally unique setting. The scenery we get to explore in the Northeast is just as beautiful, but it’s hard not to envy the year-long high temps of Hawaii. Are you daydreaming of summer plans, too?

PS: Just a reminder, check us out on Instagram to see some of our exciting day-to-day operations! @Independentheli


Service Highlight: Charter Flights

One of our favorite things to do with clients is spice up their morning commute. How much more exciting would your work day be if you arrived via helicopter? Come on, what a way to impress!

While the idea might seem a little “out there” or too crazy to incorporate into your morning routine, at Independent Helicopters we make the whole experience very professional and relaxed. Did you know that our average helicopter size isn’t even that much bigger than your standard SUV? While the experience is definitely unique to say the least, it’s not as outlandish as you might think. In fact, to us, it’s normal!

Give us a call today to see how your day could be improved with a charter flight.

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Valentine’s Day Inspiration

One of our lesser-known services is very close to our hearts, and that is helicopter engagements. What better way to create a memory that will last a lifetime? This unique proposal will be cherished for years to come and admired by friends and family members. One of our favorite things about flying with couples is that we get to share our passion for flying while creating a truly unforgettable experience. It’s difficult to think of a more unique way to bond with your partner than being hundreds of feet in the air together, away from the chaos of everyday life. So, even if you’re not ready to pop the question, think about making your Valentine’s Day experience even more romantic by sweeping her off her feet… literally.


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Aviation Encyclopedia

At Independent Helicopters, we work with a wide range of customers, all of whom have a set of unique needs. Our fleet is made up primarily of Robinson R-22s and the Robinson R-44s, which both happen to be extremely fuel efficient, lightweight and fun to fly. These models allow us to maintain the level of service versatility that our customers value while we continue to pursue our passion for flight. Explore this link to learn about other types of helicopters and why ours serve us so well!

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Heather flying one of our R44s.

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You’ve waited almost a year for Helicopter Paintball and it’s back!

***This event has been rescheduled for May 7th, 2016***

Helicopter Paintball is back on April 3rd, 2016!

Come join us and MSG Paintball for an adrenaline rush like no other!

Helicopters, paintball and aerial gunnery! We can take 3 people per flight, so that means you and two friends or teammates can rain down even more paintball on your unsuspecting opponents on the ground!

April 3rd, 2016

10am – until we can’t do anymore!

Bring your friends, and have a blast!

Register now to lock in the pre-registration price of $50!  Prices will go up as the event gets closer!

All profits go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!

Scheduled for April 3rd

Check our Facebook page for details!

Thank you to MSG Paintball for graciously allowing us to use their field and for participating in our fundraiser!

We would also like to thank our sponsorship partners Tippmann and G.I. Sportz who have graciously helped us  acquire supplies for our charity events.

All profits are donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma society.

$50 registration online and $75 in person the day of.

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



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