Helicopter Flight Lesson Over Newport

Learn to Fly a Helicopter Over Road Island During a 25 Minute Introductory Flying Lesson

About This Experience

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Have you always wanted to take the controls and learn to fly? Then this Hands-On Discovery Flight Lesson is the perfect experience gift!

The fun begins when you meet your Certified Flight Instructor at the Newport Airport in Middletown, Rhode Island. After check-in, you will head out to the tarmac and receive an overview of aviation, a briefing on how a helicopter flies, and aid in the preflight check of the Robinson R44. Next, it’s time to strap yourself in and put your headset on. Once cleared for lift-off, your CFI will pilot the helicopter off of the ground and then it’s your turn to take over the controls. During this New England airborne adventure, you will actually learn how to fly a helicopter! Throughout the lesson the Instructor will teach you how to safely maneuver the helicopter. After returning from the 25 minute flight, you will also receive a t-shirt and official log book to keep.

So whether you are looking to begin a new hobby or simply interested in discovering what it is like to be a Pilot, this Newport Flight Lesson will be unforgettable and makes a unique gift for any occasion!

Where It's Located hide

  • Middletown, Rhode Island

Who Is Included hide

The Helicopter Flight Lesson Over Newport Experience Gifts Certificate is valid for one participant.

This experience is not suitable for guests, however spectators may join you at the airport.

When It Is Offered hide

The Newport Helicopter Flight Lessons are offered Monday through Sunday, year-round, subject to availability. Flights are offered between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

How Long Is It hide

The Newport Helicopter Flight Lessons include 15 to 20 minutes of ground instruction and have flight time of 25 minutes with total duration of approximately 1 hour.

Weather hide

The Introductory Flight Lesson may be rescheduled by the Pilot due to high winds, heavy rain, fog or other inclement weather.

What To Wear hide

Dress comfortably, flat rubber-soled shoes are recommended for this aerial adventure.

Additional Information hide

Price includes tax. Participation is limited to individuals at least 14 years of age and weighing less than 300 lbs. Individuals who are taller than 6'4, who are pregnant, have broken bones or other physical conditions, which are considered unsafe conditions, are not eligible to participate. Government Issued Photo ID is required.

Participants are required to sign a Liability Release Form. If the participant is under the age of 18 a parent or guardian will need to sign the form prior to participation.

Gratuity for the Instructor is not included and may be extended following the flight.


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Reservation Information hide

All changes to reservations for the Helicopter Flight Lesson Over Newport Experience require seven (7) days advance notice.

Xperience Certificates® cannot be exchanged once a reservation for the experience has been made.


We had a lucky opportunity to talk to Birds Eye View Helicopters. This awesome company offer helicopter tours around Newport, Rhode Island. Birds Eye also specialize in aerial photography, giving tourists a chance to capture the beautiful and idyllic scenery through an expert lens. Read on for more information about the history of the company and all the exciting details of the experience.

Please can you tell us a little bit about the history of how Birds Eye View Helicopters began?

I earned my commercial helicopter license in 1988 and began to develop my aerial photography business photographing real estate, construction progress, and boats. In 1994 I earned my Flight Instructors license and began teaching 3 to 4 students a year with a leased Robinson R-22 Helicopter.

In 2000, I bought an existing helicopter business, based in Westport, MA with several contracts including “Deer Count” flights and many helicopter ride venues, air shows, festivals and fairs.  Over the next several years we have continued to expand Newport helicopter tours, showing both tourists and locals alike, the beautiful shorelines, the mansions of Newport and much more.

The other core part of our business is aerial photography. In addition to doing our own photography, we regularly fly other professionals and amateurs alike, covering everything from Breaking News to boat races and real estate activity. We are currently in our 15th season doing our scenic tours and have over 25 years specializing in aerial photography.

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Have you always had a passion for helicopters? Where did that passion stem from?

I took my first helicopter flight with my father at the age of 8 at the BIG E Fair, Springfield MA in a Bell – 47 (The “MASH” helicopter). I began flying regularly at the age of 14, with my Dad, and developed a tremendous love of flight. I received my private airplane license at age 17. My first helicopter lesson was in 1987. I immediately became obsessed with helicopter flight and all the exciting aspects of it; the unlimited freedoms of movement, exceptional visibility, slow and low flight all were intoxicating to me.

Helicopter flights look like an incredible experience! What is it about flying in helicopters that you enjoy the most?

Flying in helicopters allows me to fly lower and have greater visibility.  My favorite photo mission is capturing boats and regattas. The key to photographing a sail boat race is to get as close as possible so that you can get the right angle but to stay far enough away to not disturb the air going into the sails. Most of the time on these shoots we are flying only 100 feet over the water.

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That sounds so exciting! What makes your Helicopter flight experiences different for your customers?

We offer a variety of tours flying over one of the most beautiful coastlines in the country!  People visit Newport from around the world and our tours offer them the best view in a short amount of time.  We have a small helicopter, seating three passengers, which allows everyone to get a perfect view on their private tour. On our tours, everyone gets a window seat!

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Would you say your experiences are suitable for everyone? (EG. Do you often get people who have never flown in a helicopter before? Or is it mainly experienced fliers?)

Most of our passengers have never flown in a helicopter before and some have never been up in the air at all!  We have passengers of all ages fly with us and they all enjoy the adventure.  Everyone gets a headset and can talk to each other and the pilot.  After an easy take-off, the helicopter levels out and it’s a very smooth and relaxing experience. It’s similar to being in a car, just up a little higher.

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