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Fun things to do in Quarantine

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


Hudson Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival

July 12th – July 14, 2019 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds!
10 minute Helicopter rides will be held Saturday and Sunday from 12p-5pm!

LOTS of family activities such as food trucks, a tap room, bakery and market, fire pits, ball toss, vendors, and live music from great bands
PLUS old favorites like the Moon Glow, tether rides, and rides in the hot-air balloons.



Buy Tickets Here!


10 Years in Business = 10% off for YOU!

To Celebrate 10 Years in Business, we’re giving YOU 10% OFF everything!!

Introduce someone to the magic of helicopter flight!

Discovery Flights and Tours purchased between September 14th and September 16th are all 10% off!

Fall Foliage is right around the corner and NOW is the perfect time to book that special experience!

Block Flight Time Sale!

Purchase 10 hours of flight time between September 14th and September 16th and receive one hour FREE!! (Save up to $550!)

This Promotion is only valid for purchases made from 9/14/18 – 9/16/18

Use Code 10YR


Veteran Flight Training Benefits

Independent Helicopters now has the Commercial and Instrument courses approved for VA education benefits, meaning you can apply your GI Bill® benefits to help pay for flight lessons.
We offer vocational flight training using the Post-9/11 GI Bill® and we are also partnered with Dutchess Community College to provide the flight training for their aviation degree program.  
The most advantageous way to use your benefits is through our partnership with Dutchess Community College. The integration of the colleges’ degree programs and Independent Helicopters flight training helps students progress to get an associate’s degree while completing your Private, Instrument, Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor, and Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (if applicable).

This article is a first-hand account of a Veteran his GI Bill® benefits for flight training, check out this Rotorcraft Pro article. 

Vocational Flight Training (Direct Funding)

For veterans who don’t attend the degree program with Dutchess Community College, Independent Helicopters is approved for direct, limited funding for flight training under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® using the Vocational Flight Training option.

This is a maximum of $12,048.50 per academic year, but you need to have your Private Pilot Certificate first. This is separate from the way it works with the other program and does not include the BAH or allowance for books and supplies. You must contact Independent Helicopters prior to starting any training if you are planning to use your GI Bill® in this manner. All training must follow the FAR Part 141 syllabus and you must have a current second-class medical before enrolling in any VA-eligible course or you won’t get reimbursement for your training.

Chapter 30/1606/1607 Montgomery GI Bill®

If you have the “old” Montgomery GI Bill®, you will come directly to Independent Helicopters. This GI Bill® reimburses you 60% (depending on your chapter of eligibility) of your eligible training costs after your Private Pilot Certificate. You have to pay for your Private Pilot Certificate on your own. The VA will reimburse you a percentage of the eligible costs for your instrument, and commercial training.

All training must follow the FAR Part 141 syllabus and you must have a current second-class medical before enrolling in any VA-eligible course or you won’t get reimbursement for your training.

Contact us or your VA rep today to get started!

2018 Stormville Food Truck Festival!

On Saturday, June 9th from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Stormville Airport will host it’s 2nd Annual Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival. We will be there offering 10 minute helicopter rides for $60 per person!

Stormville Airport’s Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival is a great way to get a jump start on summer. Foodies will be in heaven when more than 15 food trucks bring you every type of food you can imagine to tantalize your taste buds. And for the craft beer enthusiasts what could be more fun than sampling over 40 craft beers and ciders.



Live performances will be playing all day throughout the festival.