Helicopter Ride!

*** It's a great day for a helicopter ride!  See you there! ***

UPDATE #7: There are still 5 spots left, so you may claim a spot by arriving early with exact cash. Also, there are usually 7 no-shows for this event, so you just might be able to join us. Make sure to come early with exact cash.

UPDATE #6: It's completely optional, but please consider tipping the pilot.  It's a lot of flying he'll be doing for our group, and I'm sure he will welcome the show of appreciation.

UPDATE #5: Weather reports are showing Ft. Meade, MD to be in the 80s with a small chance of passing precipitation.  I also just got off the phone with the helicopter company and their radar data (which is much more accurate and reliable) shows the same thing.  They have given us the green light, so we are a go!

UPDATE #4: In the event of inclement weather, if it's light rain, we're still on. If there's lightning, we'll need to reschedule or cancel.  Hopefully, if there is precipitation, it will just be a passing summer rain. I'll post an update by 1pm the day of the event. If we cancel, or reschedule and you are unable to make the new date, you will get a full refund. Let's keep our fingers crossed!

UPDATE #3: I got the green light to open some additional spots, so get them while you can!

UPDATE #2: The early-bird price has ended and the ticket price is now $40. Looking forward to seeing you there!

UPDATE #1: There are 5 early bird spots left and the price will increase from $35 to $40 when the early bird spots are gone or before Sun. June 23rd (whichever comes first). To be fair to those who want to join in and are ready to make payment, I'll be removing those that haven't paid by Fri. June 7th. So make payment to *truly* lock in your spot.

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Let's go for a helicopter ride!

I've reserved a Robinson R44 helicopter for us, and made special arrangements with an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, who has 1000 pilot hours under his belt, to take us up for a 6 - 7 minute ride that:

  • Flies 750 feet above ground level with the doors off (but safely buckled in), directly over the NSA (even their employees are surprised it's permitted) and the Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge
  • The Casino at Arundel Mills, downtown Baltimore, and other landmarks will also be within eyeshot!
  • It's not just the view we'll come for, it's the experience of hovering, taking off & landing, making hard banking turns, and the photo ops that we'll get to enjoy
  • It's a thrill ride, an experience, and although 6 - 7 minutes sounds short, I climbed out using words like "amazing" and "wow" when I first did it!
  • We'll each get $20 in "Bucket Bucks" which we can use towards the purchase of a longer tour

For the first hour, we'll check in.  After that, we'll go up 3 at a time, so it'll take us a couple of hours to get through everyone.  While we're waiting and getting excited, we'll hang out and mingle in the hangar and their picnic table area (which sits directly on the tarmac next to the planes) and watch planes come and go.  We'll take off and land about 50 yards away!  FOOD AND DRINKS WILL BE PROVIDED. We'll have turkey, roast beef, and ham sandwich platter and wraps to eat... and beer, wine, water, soda, diet soda to drink!

We've got an early bird special for this event of $35! The first 25 paid sign-ups, or those who pay before Sun. June 23rd (whichever comes first) get the early bird price!  After that it will go up to $40. Secure your slot by RSVP'ing yes AND making payment!

Also please know that your RSVP is not guaranteed unless we receive payment. When you pay, your online receipt is confirmation that we have received your payment.

So come join us, tell your friends, and let's experience the thrill of a helicopter ride!

J.T.

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Carpooling

If you need a ride, I suggest posting in the comment box below. Likewise, if you can offer a ride, please also post in the comment box with number of people you can accommodate.

Helicopter Safety FAQ

Please know that the helicopter company is required to follow rigorous FAA regulations and inspections (which include everything from equipment maintenance requirements to pilot drug testing), as well as manufacturer recommendations for maintenance. Every 100 hours, the helicopter gets maintained and 'signed-off' by an FAA and manufacturer approved helicopter mechanic, and it's no small inspection.  With pilot pre-flight inspections before flights, the helicopters get quite a bit of maintenance between those 100 hours, and the helicopter company has local mechanics who work on anything they feel is needed or that the pilot feels is necessary.

Our pilot, Dave Jenny, has both a Commercial Pilot's license and a CFI license (Certified Flight Instructor), which means he has trained and passed FAA written, oral and flight exams, not only to be able to fly passengers, but he is qualified to teach flight to others who wish to pass the FAA exams. He has ~1000 pilot hours, which is a lot in the business. Commercial pilots are required to take drug tests, have FAA medical certificates, and regular 'check rides' by FAA examiners, and the company and helicopters are subject to inspection by the FAA for safety at any time.

Payment Instructions (Paypal account not required):

Please follow the instructions below for making payment (if payment by smartphone doesn't work, please try your computer).  Payment at the door will be permitted only should the event not sell out.  Most of our events do sell out, so we recommend you secure your spot online early.  If you make payment for less than the current ticketed price without prior correspondence, your RSVP will be removed.

  1. Select "Yes" under "Will you attend?"
  2. Enter the number of guests coming and click "rsvp"
  3. Verify correct dollar amount for number of people you're paying for, click "Pay Now" button
  4. If you don't have a Paypal account, click "Pay with a Debit or Credit Card"
  5. If you have a Paypal account, simply log in, and pay as you normally would via Paypal

Event Check-in

We will have a master list of all those that have paid. It’s not required, but I recommend printing out your payment confirmation as a backup. When you check-in, your RSVP will be listed under the name of the Paypal or credit card account used to make payment.  Typically, this is your LEGAL name as shown on your driver's license.  Sometimes, it may be under a company name if you set up your Paypal or credit card account that way.  If you are not sure what it is, please take a moment to log into your Paypal account (it will say "Welcome, [your account name]" at the top) or your credit card account to find out.  If you are RSVP'd under someone else's payment, please use that name for check-in.

Refund Policy & Ticket Resell

Since we paid in advance for this event, all sales are final unless the event is cancelled or rescheduled.  Similar to a concert ticket or a football game ticket, you are free to sell your ticket to someone else if you are unable to attend.  I suggest posting in the comment box for the event, that you have a ticket for sale. Work out payment between yourselves, and send us an email letting us know the full name and Meetup profile URL (if a member) of the person taking your spot. Thanks for understanding. =)

Rain Policy

If it's light rain, we're still on. If there's lightning, we'll need to reschedule or cancel. Hopefully, if there is precipitation, it will just be a passing summer rain. If it looks like the weather will impact our event, I'll post an update by 1pm the day of the event. If we cancel, or reschedule and you are unable to make the new date, you will get a full refund.

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  • Sharon

    Awesome!!!!

    July 3, 2013

  • Ryan

    It was pretty awesome. Great experience. Wish it was a little bit longer. Maybe next time I will ride a longer ride.

    July 1, 2013

  • Eric

    Awesome!

    July 1, 2013

  • Renee K.

    Does anyone still have a spot for a rider. I live in fairfax and I can meet in Herndon or close by.

    June 27, 2013

    • Christina

      Great, I will leave now and will see you at Starbucks

      June 30, 2013

    • Selina

      Hello Christina. Did you record the flight when you were in the air?

      July 1, 2013

  • J.T.

    Not one drop of rain during the entire duration of the event, just as the radar and weather reports said. Gotta love it when the weather works out for an awesome event like this one!

    2 · June 30, 2013

    • Selina

      J.T. we really lucked out. The weather definitely behaved for the event :-) I had a wonderful time!!! Can't wait to do this one again!

      July 1, 2013

  • Selina

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!

    July 1, 2013

  • Leela D

    I will be driving from DC- eastern market area and have room for three if anyone still needs a ride. Will be leaving around 4:00 pm.

    June 29, 2013

    • Angela

      I actually was able to get a ride in VA. With Michelle. I thank you so much. I'll see you there

      June 30, 2013

    • Angela

      send me the number so i can send the photos

      July 1, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Great event! The helicopter ride was awesome and I enjoyed meeting so many fun new people. Thanks J.T.!

    July 1, 2013

  • Reid

    Thank you, thank you! It was well worth the drive, and my kids loved it!!!
    A fun flight, and it was good to see everyone. Thank you, JT.

    July 1, 2013

  • Lisa A.

    Awesome! One of them most amazing things I've ever done. Can't wait to take another ride!

    July 1, 2013

  • Jayne C.

    Excellent!!! I am OVER THE MOON! I want to go on ANOTHER ride SOON!

    1 · June 30, 2013

  • Chip

    It was a lot of fun. The staff was very accommodating with such a large group. Thanks J.T. for everything

    1 · June 30, 2013

  • Ñantika

    awesome!

    June 30, 2013

  • Angela

    Great!

    June 30, 2013

  • Hena H.

    It was awesome! Especially loved the open doors!

    1 · June 30, 2013

  • Carlene

    SUPER DUPER FUUUUUN!!!

    1 · June 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    First time trying this meetup group. It was a great experience!

    June 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just saw this, too bad I missed it.
    Please host this event again.

    June 30, 2013

  • Brian N.

    I live near arundel too, and there is lightning as well :(

    June 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live 20min from Arundel mill, and it is POURING rain right now. Don't know if/how it will after the flight(s)s

    June 30, 2013

    • Brian N.

      I live close too. Raining hard. And thunder too

      June 30, 2013

  • Virendra

    I am planning to come and buy ticket on the spot. I am just thinking that is it advisable to go as sky is cloudy and may not support good view. Any suggestion guys??

    June 30, 2013

  • Kim K

    I live in Penn Quarter near the Archives or Chinatown/gallery metro stops if someone needs a ride.

    1 · June 25, 2013

    • mizbrown

      Hello Kim K. I'm early so I'm hanging out at Teaism. When you are ready to go, I'm wearing a multi-colored jumper. THX

      June 30, 2013

    • Kim K

      Just got your message so I will walk over to meet you. See you in a couple!

      June 30, 2013

  • Reid

    I may have some kids with me (I don't know). If they do come along, can I buy tickets for them at the last minute?

    June 28, 2013

    • Reid

      10 and 8.

      June 30, 2013

    • Reid

      Ok, JT... kids ARE coming. Looks like I'll bring cash for THREE kids. I'm expecting to arrive around 6'ish. They can't wait!

      June 30, 2013

  • A S.

    Hi JT,

    I purchased my tickets via mobile phone so I'm not sure where to get a receipt to bring with me. Im guessing i would have been sent a confirmatory email. but, i cant seem to find it. Any ideas how I can get another copy?

    Ansalan

    June 30, 2013

    • mizbrown

      Paypal will have a record of the transaction. Try printing from paypal

      June 30, 2013

  • Ajay

    I am interested, I am in DC, live around Columbia heights Is it possible to get a ride?

    June 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry I didn't see this. I will pick you up at the bus stop by the CVS at Pentagon City. I will be there are 3:45pm. Sound good.

      June 30, 2013

    • Angela

      That would work and I would appreciate it.

      June 30, 2013

  • Stacie

    I will b driving from Pentagon City if someone needs a ride around that area

    June 2, 2013

    • Ajay

      what time you will be at Pentagon city metro? and how I can find you. Michelle (another participant of the event) told me to give ride from pentagon city metro to the event place, But I didn't get reply where I meet her at the metro center and also the time, I will be at pentagon city metro at 3:45 pm. thanks

      June 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Ajay, I thought we planned to meet at Pentagon City Metro at 4pm?

      June 30, 2013

  • Tony C

    I live in arlington so I can take someone if needed. Call me at[masked] if need a ride

    June 30, 2013

  • margo s.

    If we are a bit later than 5 can we still check in? I have an event in Arlington and may be a little late but with the number of people hoping it will be okay. Thanks!!!! :)

    June 28, 2013

    • J.T.

      Yes, a little bit later than 5 is fine. See you there!

      June 30, 2013

  • Angela

    I would love to catch a ride to the helicopter. I live by FT. Belvoir anyone open?

    June 29, 2013

  • Kajal

    I'm coming from Ashburn (20147). Anyone want to carpool?

    May 30, 2013

    • Sharon

      I'm coming from Herndon. Is there anymore room with the carpool?

      June 10, 2013

    • Leela D

      I am driving from DC- eastern market metro and can pick up three.

      June 29, 2013

  • Daniel M.

    Deaf

    June 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live in DC and would love to go, but I need a ride. Is anyone leaving from DC with room in their car for one more?

    June 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I live in Columbia Heights but can meet you anywhere in DC.

      June 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I won't be attending. Thank you for offering a ride. Have fun!

      June 26, 2013

  • Yogesh K K.

    I'm bringing my 6 & 10 year old sons is it ok ?

    June 25, 2013

    • J.T.

      I just spoke with the helicopter company and they said this is fine. They fly children all the time. They caution that parents will have to 'keep them in tow' the entire time, as they cannot wander around the planes. Also, just a reminder, while we'll all be safely buckled in, we will fly with the doors off. See you there!

      2 · June 26, 2013

  • Miguel

    I will be driving from Herndon if someone needs a ride

    June 24, 2013

    • Miguel

      By 3 it's perfect, let me know if (Central Shopping Center "KMart"
      494 Elden Street
      Herndon, VA 20170) is ok for you.

      June 25, 2013

    • Ryan

      miguel that will work perfectly. i will see u at kmart on elden street at 3 pm sunday. thanks miguel.

      June 25, 2013

  • Eric

    Will there be a vegan option for the food?

    June 6, 2013

    • J.T.

      Yes! I hope to see you there!

      1 · June 10, 2013

    • Eric

      Great! Much obliged!:-)

      June 25, 2013

  • MizBrown

    I would luv, luv, LOVE to do this. Please anyone I can hitch a ride with from DC????

    June 25, 2013

  • Antoinette

    I would like to rsvp but I'm not sure if I'm going to be available. Will you have this activity available again?

    June 21, 2013

    • J.T.

      Antoinette, probably, but likely not this year. I hope you can join us!

      June 25, 2013

  • Mary Frances K.

    had a change in plans and can't go now

    June 25, 2013

  • Netta S.

    Awww, wow, I'm gonna be out of town :(:(. Can you do this one again please.

    June 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Same here

      June 24, 2013

  • Liliana

    Hi, I have read in the instructions that a printed confirmation is not necessary but I still wanted to print it for back-up. My computer, however, won't open the attachment. Should I just let it go or are you able to email it to me in a different format? Thank you!!!

    June 24, 2013

  • Ryan

    Anyone live in or near fairfax whom I can car pool with? If i can get a ride with someone that would be great!

    June 20, 2013

  • Kofi

    Enjoy!.... Cheers!!

    June 19, 2013

  • Ryan

    I've always wanted to ride on a helicopter and surely now is the chance. I will be there. Hopefully there are still early bird pricing left for me. If not, it's okay. How do I make payment?

    June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I so want to go but will be in Florida - enjoy a ride without me please. I will gladly do this if you plan it again

    June 7, 2013

  • marcella

    Hi
    I am in DC and needs to carpool.
    Thanks

    June 4, 2013

  • Ñantika

    Hi,
    I am coming from Alexandria with a friend and need carpool.

    June 4, 2013

  • Carlene

    CoooooL! I'm excited!

    May 30, 2013

  • Reid

    Coming from Dale City...

    May 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry. it's docent day at the air and space (mall) museum for me. enjoy the ride.

    1 · May 30, 2013

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