Join us for World Helicopter Day on August 20th, 2017 from 10a-1p for a FREE simulator lesson, FREE lunch and other fun filled FREE events!

Independent Helicopters, a helicopter charter service and flight school owned by Chief Pilot Heather Howley, announced their third annual event in celebration of ‘World Helicopter Day’. World Helicopter day falls on the 3rd Sunday in August each year (8/20/17) and “aims to raise awareness of the contributions that helicopters make to our society and celebrate the diverse range of people that design, fly and support them.”[1]


Throughout the world every day there are people relying on helicopters for rescues, disaster relief, transport, firefighting, medical transfers, powerline maintenance, tourism, agriculture and many more roles.


“If a man is in need of rescue, an airplane can come in and throw flowers on him, and that’s just about all. But a direct lift aircraft could come in and save his life.” – Helicopter pioneer Igor Sikorsky


For Heather, this day is a chance to share her love of helicopters with the general public as well as an opportunity to inspire others to follow their interest in aviation into a career as a pilot. Attendees will be able to explore a range of helicopters, take a helicopter flight simulator ride, participate in a preflight contest and attend a pinch hitter seminar.

Entry to Independent Helicopters hanger is free of charge and open to all ages. Lunch will be available and there will be several presentations on how helicopters fly and the types of careers that are available in the helicopter industry.

A limited number of local area joyflights will be available for a fee on the day for those that want to take to the air.

Doors open at 10am and the event runs until 1pm.

The hashtag #worldhelicopterday will be used to tie in activity across different social media platforms.

Media (Video and Stills):

Independent Helicopters ‘For the Love of Flight’ short film: