Helicopter Ride!

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

UPDATE #5: There are still 6 spots left, so you may claim a spot by arriving early with exact cash. Also, there are usually 4 no-shows for this event, so you just might be able to join us. Make sure to come early with exact cash.

UPDATE #4: 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 #3: Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event needs to be rescheduled to Sun. July 13th, same time, same place. If you are unable to make the new date, please email me NO LATER THAN end of day Tues. June 24th for a full refund. No refunds will be given after that date. An email with this UPDATE has been sent to the yes RSVPs. See you there!

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 9 early bird spots left and the price will increase from $35 to $40 when the early bird spots are gone or by Sun. June 15th (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 Sun. June 8th. So make payment to *truly* lock in your spot (see the "Payment Instructions" section of the event posting). If you've already made payment, the Paypal email you received is confirmation that we've received your payment (no need to email me asking for ticket confirmation). I hope to see you there!

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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, 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

We are privileged to have Seth Clute as our pilot. An Annapolis resident, Seth has a year of service flying Blackhawk helicopters with the Army National Guard in Kosovo. He is a Distinguished Honor Graduate from the Army Aviation School of Excellence. In addition to flying tours and photography flights, he is a Certified Flight Instructor and has 600+ pilot hours. Seth is one of the rare ‘rotor-heads’ who went straight through his flight training in helicopters, and in addition to Blackhawks, flies the Robinson 22 and Robinson 44. (The helicopter company reserves the right to substitute the pilot with another well qualified pilot if need be.)

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 40 paid sign-ups, or those who pay before Sun. June 15th (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! We have a LIMITED number of spots so make sure to RSVP early AND make payment to secure your spot and get the early bird price! To make payment, please follow the steps in the "Payment Instructions" section of the event posting.

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.

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 displayed without prior correspondence, your RSVP will be removed.

1. Select "Yes" under "Will you attend?"

2. Enter the number of guests coming and click "Finish RSVP"

3. Click "Pay Now" at the top of the event posting near the ticket price per person

4. Verify correct dollar amount for number of people you're paying for, click "Pay Now" button

5. If you don't have a Paypal account, click "Pay with a Debit or Credit Card"

6. 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 canceled 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 have the seller only send the organizer an email through their Meetup profile (do not comment in the comment box of the event posting) letting us know the full name and Meetup profile URL (if a member) of the person taking your spot. Thanks for understanding. =)

Special Needs

If you have any special needs (e.g. wheelchair, dietary for events with food, etc.), let us know in advance (a week or more before the event) and we will do our best to accommodate. If you let us know the day of the event, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate. Thank you for understanding and we appreciate the courtesy of a heads up!

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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  • Natisha H.

    Sorry it took so long to upload pictures. My apologies.

    August 1, 2014

  • Edwin

    Nice experience! and good way to make friends!

    1 · July 15, 2014

  • Guinevere

    This was a great idea.

    1 · July 15, 2014

  • Krystal

    This was awesome!

    2 · July 14, 2014

  • Ariel

    Had so much fun! Great meeting everyone!

    3 · July 13, 2014

    • Scott S.

      I didn't get an email. You can email me [masked]. Thx

      July 14, 2014

    • Ariel

      Hi Scott, I just sent you the link to the email you gave me. If you don't receive it, feel free to email me at [masked] and I will resend it.

      July 14, 2014

  • Norma L.

    I loved it!

    2 · July 14, 2014

  • Angela

    Great time and met great new people!! Everyone have a great week :-)

    2 · July 14, 2014

  • Anthony

    Great time and a fun adventure! Looking forward to getting together with the group again!

    2 · July 14, 2014

  • Elizabeth B.

    Awesome experience!!!

    2 · July 13, 2014

  • sprite

    Great activity. Thanks JT!

    1 · July 13, 2014

  • Ana

    Unfortunately, I can't make this. Does anyone happen to need a ticket?

    July 10, 2014

    • Erica C.

      How can i get your ticket?

      1 · July 13, 2014

    • Ana

      Erica - my apologies. I'm just seeing this now. Hope you were able to purchase one. It seems like it was a fun event!

      July 13, 2014

  • Scott S.

    Very enjoyable!

    2 · July 13, 2014

  • Claudia P.

    I be late that's fine???

    July 13, 2014

  • Rosemary

    I may NOT be able to go on Sunday, therefore if anyone would like my ticket please let me know. Thanks!

    June 18, 2014

    • Erica C.

      How can i buy your ticket?

      July 13, 2014

  • Bill

    Leaving from Arlington if anyone needs a ride. Can fit 3-4.

    June 17, 2014

    • Claudia P.

      Me please!! I live in Tyson I can meet with you any where

      June 19, 2014

    • Erica C.

      How can i get a ride? I'm in crownsville in annapolis, but i can meet you in anywhere? My e-mail is: [masked] and my phone number is:[masked]

      July 13, 2014

  • Suren

    Too bad that this event is scheduled on the same day/time as the World Cup Final games! I care to attend the event, but also do not want to miss the game!

    July 12, 2014

  • Edwin

    Hello Guys,

    I would like to go, but I am wondering if any of you could give a ride, I live in DC, as you should know here it is not a good idea having a car!, so I could go to any metro station for the ride, and I am willing to help you with the gas.

    I hope we can make it!

    Best

    July 5, 2014

    • Elizabeth B.

      Ok, I'll be in touch with you guys tonight.

      July 10, 2014

    • Edwin

      Ok, I got the ticket, we are on our way up! :)

      July 10, 2014

  • Jim

    Claudia, I plan to pass by there to pick up someone, you may join us.

    July 9, 2014

  • Claudia P.

    Hi! Anyone from Tyson area??

    July 9, 2014

  • TerryL

    Hi J.T.
    I can not make the He-lo ride. I have a CISSP training course I must attend. from the 12-26 July. I will be sure to tag-up and start regularly attending meetups after training.
    Sincerely,

    July 1, 2014

  • Yara C.

    Hi JT, unfortunately I can't make the new day. I sent you an email earlier when you informed us of the change but I'm not sure you got it since I saw no answer yet. Can you please refund my payment. Thanks.

    June 23, 2014

    • J.T.

      Yara, I've responded to your email and refunded you. Sorry for the delay, please know I host a lot of events and groups, and get to my messages as quickly as I can. Sorry you won't be able to join us, I hope to see you at another upcoming event soon!

      June 23, 2014

    • Yara C.

      Thank you very much JT. I wrote again because my email sometimes get lost on people's spam for being a Brazilian host... I just wanted to make sure you got it.

      June 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I see our event has been rescheduled. :( maybe we all want to try to get together and still meet up (same day & time) There is the DC BBQ battle on Sunday 11-7:30 pm. Anyone interested?
    http://www.bbqindc.com (buy one get one free tickets at Safeway $12)

    June 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll be there at 3 pm (in case anyone's coming out)...got a late start today. :) see you there!

      June 22, 2014

    • Claudia P.

      Mee too. I see you soon :)

      June 22, 2014

  • Bill

    CAN ANYONE TELL ME HOW I CAN REACH JT? I can't make it, I can't seem to figure out why I can't email him

    June 21, 2014

  • Claudia P.

    Sorry but why its re schedule?

    June 19, 2014

    • J.T.

      Unfortunately, our pilot had a family emergency. I hope you can make the new date!

      June 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    i'm leaving from dc & can fit 2-3 others

    1 · June 11, 2014

    • sprite

      I would love to carpool with you. I can meet you anywhere that's convenient.

      June 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      please email me if you are interested, fastmaddy@gmail

      June 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Coming solo so I hope to meet some nice new people and check a helicopter ride off my bucket list! I'm coming from the Arundel Mills area if anyone wants to ride.

    3 · June 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there a bad weather policy, i.e., refund if we can't fly?

    June 7, 2014

    • J.T. [30s & 40s G.

      Hi Kim, 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. Please see updates on event posting for more info. Hope to see you there!

      June 10, 2014

  • Juanis

    sorry for not reading above...now i know...

    1 · June 5, 2014

  • Juanis

    How long will each flight take and what would we expect to see below? Thnks! :)

    June 5, 2014

  • Kiea

    I am terrific of heights but I would love to try this just for the experience

    4 · May 26, 2014

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Refunds offered if:

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