Tag: Saratoga Springs


Last Chance To Register For May 31 Helicopter Paintball Fundraiser!

Registration Has Been Extended!

Early registration ends tonight at midnight! This is your last chance for discounted tickets! Click on the Register Now button below.

© 2015 Independent Helicopters LLC Heather M. Howley CEO Matt Taggard Operations Manager. 845-549-3755

Helicopter Paintball, $50 Early Registration ends May 24!

Come join us in remembering Marius Ivascu and his love of aviation!

The Marius Ivascu Aviation Foundation Fundraiser will be held at MSG Paintball May 31st from 10a-4pm.

Be part of the excitement with a combination of paintball, helicopters and aerial gunnery! We carry up to three gunners, two in the back seat (one on either side) and one in the front, or you can choose to just be an observer in the front seat we can take 3 people per flight!

If you cannot make it to the paintball event, and would like to donate to the foundation you may do so by downloading this form.

$50 for gunners and $50 for observer
if you miss the pre-registration, the price goes up!

$75 for gunners and $60 for observers.
All profits go to the Marius Ivascu Aviation Foundation.

Scheduled for May 31st

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 Marius Ivascu Aviation Foundation.

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

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

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Derby Day At Saratoga National Golf Course!

The Official Kick Off to Summer Party!

Come for the party, have dinner and take a helicopter tour of historic Saratoga Springs from the air! Tours will start at 5pm and continue until sunset. Up to three people can travel together at once, a perfect way to start the summer.* Register for your tour at the bottom of the page, or call Independent Helicopters at 518-796-4006.

Also at the Saratoga National Golf Club Derby Day Party:

• Cash Concession Food Items | 4pm – 8pm
• Beer, Wine & Spirit Vendors | Cash Bar
• Jumbo-Tron TV featuring Live Race!
• Frivolous Boutique Display
• Habana Hand Rolled Cigar Station
• Beer Truck

• No Reservations Required $15 Admission | Prime will make $5 donation to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for each admission.

Live Music

• Ron Bill’s New Orleans Stompers | 4pm – 6:30pm

“VIP In-field ” | Blue Stone Tent

• $75 inclusive | featuring Prime Steakhouse Buffet | 4pm – 8pm • Private Cash Bar
• Complimentary Mint Julep Drink Ticket
• 3 TV’s with Live Derby Race
• Guaranteed Seating
• Reservations Required | This space will sell out | 518.306.2330

*Weight restrictions apply.

Registration on the Independent Helicopters website is for tours, per person only, and does not include event admission, services or products offered by Saratoga National Golf Club, Prime, or its affiliates.

Saratoga National Golf Club
Derby Day Event Details


Epic Helicopter Marriage Proposal [Gallery & Video]

Every once in a while, someone will come to us looking for help. They always want to pop the question, but they want to make it the most memorable event possible. What better way to create a lasting memory than to use a helicopter for your proposal. Jared Funari came to us not only looking to make a lasting memory, but also make a splash. Jared’s approach is very unique, and involved intensive planning. The planning did not end the complexity however, timing in this case was everything for successful completion. See the film at the end of this article.

Jared and Cody had a very simple relationship that grew from a friendship. There were no moments of eternal excitement like most relationships, no special location for a first date, and no phenomenal first kiss. Jared’s proposal plans started with a simple scavenger hunt across the capital district that sent Cody to various places that had meaning for them; places that developed after they were already a couple. Each stop was to have a clue for the next. When enlisting help to make a video of the event, a friend stated “Well if there are no epic moments that led to the proposal, there has to be an absolutely epic proposal. You have to fly in on a helicopter.” This statement stuck with Jared for a few days, until he decided that was exactly what he needed to do.

A park in Colonie, NY was to be the landing site where Jared would propose. Owned by the town, park officials were not willing to allow the event to take place, a situation that nearly ended things before they began. A friend helping set things up was not willing to give up that easily. “This has to happen, we can’t go back now. There has to be an alternate possibility.” There was.

The Constantine Farm sits directly next to the park, with only a stockade fence to separate the two. When the landing site was proposed, the team was told they would have to have a meeting to discuss the possibility. Before leaving the farm however, one of the owners exposed her romantic side… “We are absolutely doing this.”

It took a team of people to put it all together. Cody was to be chauffeured to her destinations while Jared was in the air. Routes were driven with a stopwatch running to build in delays if necessary, clue cards were prepped, balloons were purchased, and more help was enlisted to place the hand painted banners at their locations.

Both Jared and Cody Each had their own film crew to document the occasion, and the following video by Josh Rask is the result. Operations Director Matthew Taggard was Pilot In Command for the special event, flying out of our Saratoga Springs location. Contact us if you would like to put together your own stellar proposal!



Independent Helicopters Saratoga Springs Now Open!

Grand Opening July 1st, 2013!

Celebrating 5 years in Newburgh, we have now opened a second location in Saratoga Springs.

• Helicopter Flight Instruction
• Helicopter Tours
• Aerial Photography
• Utility and Forestry Inspection

Call (518) 796-4306 or Contact us by e-mail for details.