For many Americans, flying has become rather boring as it is just another way to get from one place to another. It’s hard to argue against long lines, intrusive security and cramped cabins making traveling by air a drag. If this sounds familiar, a helicopter ride may be just what’s needed to re-inspire anyone’s relationship with the wonders of flight. Climb inside, strap on a set of headphones and spend an hour or two just whirling around town. For a brand new perspective on lift vs. thrust, here are the best helicopter tours in Pittsburgh.
410 N. Tower Road
Fombell, PA 16123
Spiker Helicopters offers aerial tours of Pittsburgh and most of its surrounding areas available for up to two passengers both day and night. While many of the clients call upon this company for specialized services such as property evaluations and business-related investigations, many more come just to see the sights. For a romantic getaway in the sky, Spiker recommends a tour of the Pittsburgh skyline, all lit up at night. Contact Spiker today to purchase a gift certificate for a truly unforgettable experience.
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Executive Helicopter has been providing a number of aerial-based services to Pittsburghers since 1992. President and chief pilot Dan “Chopper Dan” Sweazan can accommodate everything from executive travel arrangements to motion picture footage and just about everything in between. With one of the coolest choppers around, equipped with some of the latest in aerial photography technology, the experience at Executive Helicopters is all about V.I.P. For a better idea of just how versatile a helicopter experience can be, check out some of the videos posted on the company’s website at executivehelicopter.com.
Pine Bottom Aviation Services
1702 Pulpit Road
Martinsburg, PA 16662
For residents located a bit further east, Pine Bottom Aviation operates out of Blair County near Altoona. It offer 30-minute tours of some of the more remote areas of central PA. If the first few services on this list specialize in an urban helicopter experience, then Pine Bottom Aviation is your go-to source for some of the natural wonders that abound in the wild, mountain landscapes of Blair County.
Cherokee Helicopter Service
2228 Garretts Run Road
Ford City, PA 16226
Cherokee Helicopter Service has been involved in just about everything that requires an “aerial perspective” in the Pittsburgh area for the better part of 30 years. Like many of its contemporaries, this company is made up of experts at aerial footage for television and motion pictures in addition to conducting surveying-type services for the burgeoning Marcellus Shale oil and gas industry. Rest assured, you’re in good hands when you climb into an aircraft piloted by owner and operator Ken Walker. For that special occasion or when you just need a fresh perspective, make it a VIP experience with Cherokee Helicopter Service.
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Marcel Tourdot is a freelance writer from Pittsburgh. His work can be found at Examiner.com.