Independent Helicopter Tue, 17 Nov 2020 00:41:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Online Course is now 10% off! Tue, 17 Nov 2020 00:41:36 +0000 Our Helicopter Online course is geared to prepare you for the Oral and Written exam for the Private Pilot license!  We now have the R22 and the R44 modules published with more content constantly being added!

Stage 1 covers all your helicopter basics and Stage 2 covers weather and weather services! It’s a great tool for:
  • Beginners
  • Flight Reviews
  • Fixed Wing Add-on students
  • Flight Instructor students looking for amazing lessons!

Sign up today to get started for only $39!

Now 10% off from November 16th – December 1st, 2020

Use code 10OFF2020

Ask us about the Affiliate program too!  You could be making 20% for every sale you refer!]]> 0
RECAP: BE Independent Aviation Summer Camp! Tue, 18 Aug 2020 11:08:27 +0000

Day One ☝ They learned about aerodynamics, flew in a helicopter simulator, and I think one of the favorites was RC helicopters!

Day 2 of BE INDEPENDENT Aviation Camp, Greg taught the kids how to ‘talk like a pilot’! 👨🏻‍✈ We then moved over to Signature Flight Support at Stewart Airport where Tom and his amazing team showed the kids how the flight line works!..Our friends John and Sean greeted them with their airplanes and showed them how they operate. They were even were taken for a flight! How awesome was this day!??

Day 3 of BE INDEPENDENT Aviation Summer Camp was our last and final day! Ms. Alex taught the kids aviation weather, decision making, and how to decode weather reports! ⛈✈ We then made our way to 2nd Aviation Detachment – “Wings of West Point” where Commander Roland and his team showed the kids their hangar, aircraft and operations. They even got to experience night vision googles!

That’s a wrap ✈☁ Thank you to all the kids, parents, pilots, and organizations that made our first ever summer camp a success! We couldn’t have done it without you all! Until next year…

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Join our Team! Thu, 13 Aug 2020 23:37:34 +0000 Seeking a talented and positive helicopter mechanic to join our team. 

We exist in an environment that is part ultra professional, part relaxed atmosphere.  A Positive, team oriented, forward thinking attitude is mandatory. Full time, variable schedule.

Minimum Requirements:

FAA Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic
RHC Course completed
Proficient with windows operating system and MS office suite.
Experience with both Robinson R22/R44 and Bell 206 Longranger preferred

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Assist in maintenance due on aircraft primarily at our Stewart Airport location with occasional duties in our Saratoga location
Maintain records and supply of parts and tooling.
Assist with helicopter upkeep and other tasks as necessary.

Send us your resume today via email:

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Welcome back to the skies! Fri, 22 May 2020 19:07:34 +0000 Independent Helicopters has created this guide to help you get back to flying in our new normal. This guide is designed to give you a clear step-by-step approach to refreshing your knowledge and sharpening skills. We know you’re eager to get back into the helicopter, so let’s fly forward! ]]> 0 Oyster run by helicopter?! Mon, 27 Apr 2020 22:59:13 +0000 MVFW_2019_Final-0850_websize.jpg

When you NEED oysters and all of the stores are sold out… or the delivery isn’t until next week… You call your friends at Cottage City Oysters and pick up by helicopter! Currently only sold and delivered on Martha’s Vineyard… unless you have friends at Independent Helicopters! Oysters, Clams, Scallops and more available for pick up via helicopter!

We love supporting our favorite small businesses! Fresh off the boat and delivered same day! So excited to be picking up our oysters tomorrow from Martha’s Vineyard! Scenic tour, fun flight, sunshine and oysters!! Couldn’t ask for a better day!

Think outside the box and Contact us today!

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Fun things to do in Quarantine Wed, 18 Mar 2020 12:46:26 +0000 Need to get out of Town?

We have clean helicopters and pilots available to whisk you away or deliver supplies!

Need something fun to do while in quarantine?

Why not introduce someone to Helicopter training?  Our online course is up and running and is a great way to stay home, stay healthy and still learn at the same time!

Brighten someone’s day with swag!

Helicopter T-shirts, hats and magnets or stickers are available!

Don’t Forget to Shop Small!

Support your local business through this uncertain time

Preventative Measures for COVID-19 Wed, 18 Mar 2020 11:53:09 +0000 Given the unprecedented level of uncertainty at these times, we wanted to assure you of our current measures being taken here at Independent Helicopters!

As we move through the next several weeks, we will be focusing on business as usual.  Our internal procedures will maximize safety and efficiency for our employees and clients.

  • All helicopter cabins and controls will be sanitized before each flight.
  • Helicopter headsets will be sanitized before each flight and the use of your own headset is recommended as an additional precaution.
  • All offices will be sanitized at the start and end of each day

We are providing charter flights to transport family, friends, and colleagues home or out of their current locations to other places where they may feel safer.  With the addition of a larger helicopter, we are now able to help more people at a time.

We look forward to good health and happiness for years to come.  

In the meantime, we are offering Virtual Ground and our Online Course!

Wings Program Wed, 09 Oct 2019 17:10:35 +0000

The objective of the WINGS Program is to address the primary accident causal factors that continue to plague the general aviation community.

Seminars, Activities and Courses

The FAA provides many opportunities to complete online courses, attend seminars and other events, and participate in webinars. Many 3rd party activities, such as those offered by AOPA, ASA, and even us at Independent Helicopters, qualify for WINGS credit!

Flight Training

Get WINGS credit when you fly with your instructor too! The program encourages an on-going training program that provides you an opportunity to fly on a regular basis with an authorized flight instructor giving you the opportunity to fly in different seasons and in different flight conditions.

$10,000 Paul & Fran Burger Sweepstakes!

The first $10,000 sweepstakes was in 2018 exclusively for NAFI and SAFE members. In 2019 he expanded the sweepstakes to included all pilots and CFI’s. Then beginning in 2020 there will be four $10,000 sweepstakes drawings and 40 winners!

Join our Saratoga location! Tue, 08 Oct 2019 20:27:50 +0000 Seeking a talented and positive helicopter flight instructor to join our team in Saratoga, NY

We exist in an environment that is part ultra professional, part relaxed atmosphere. As a flight school we pride ourselves on producing good pilots and not just helping pilots pass a check ride. Students are our family, and respect is a key element of our work environment. A positive, team oriented, forward thinking attitude is mandatory. Full time, variable schedule.

Minimum Requirements:

FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with Rotorcraft-Helicopter rating
FAA CFI Certificate with Rotorcraft-Helicopter rating (CFII preferred)
Minimum 200 hours
SFAR-73 endorsement to instruct in the Robinson R-22 and R-44
Preferred: RHC Safety Course completed within the last 5 years
Proficient with Windows operating system and MS office suite.
Flight weight of 180lbs or less preferred.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Basic and Advanced Helicopter Flight and ground instruction.
Follow established curriculum under approved part 141 syllabus.
Assist in maintenance of training material.
Assist with office responsibilities, clerical and recruitment of students.
Assist with helicopter upkeep and all other tasks as necessary.

Send us your resume today via email:

Scholarship Time! Fri, 02 Aug 2019 19:06:55 +0000 If you’re just starting out or working on a few ratings in the aviation world, you could always use a little help with some scholarships! Our page has some more listed on it, but the Whirly Girls and HFI are offering scholarships now!!

Deadlines are September 1st for Whirly Girls and October 31st for HFI. Follow the links below to see if any of the scholarships are a fit for you and apply!

We’re happy to help!