Touring Baltimore by helicopter is a unique and awe-inspiring experience. With the city stretching out below and the Chesapeake Bay to the east, the view from the air is one to remember. It takes more than a skilled pilot to make a helicopter tour a memorable experience; it requires an intimate knowledge of the geography and history of the city. Whether it’s for a special occasion or for a local adventure, there are a number of helicopter tours available in the greater Baltimore metropolitan and surrounding areas.
Baltimore Helicopter Services
Pier 7 Heliport
1800 S. Clinton St.
Baltimore, Md. 21224
In 2004, Baltimore Helicopter Services opened Pier 7 Heliport, located minutes away from the Inner Harbor. It began services with a Bell 430 for charter services. Today, the fleet also includes a Bell 407. Available for aerial survey and photography, the company also offers sightseeing helicopter tours, on demand charter services and more. Special charter flights may include dining on the Eastern Shore, while the helicopter is on standby, nearby. The Bell 407 accommodates a maximum of five passengers and the Bell 430 can carry six.
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Fort Meade Tipton Airport
7505 General Aviation Drive
Fort Meade, Md. 20755
Located at the Fort Meade Tipton Airport, Monumental Helicopters offers a variety of tours of the Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Annapolis areas. Whether it’s a Ravens fan tour or a romantic flight for two, the company offers the Baltimore Inner Harbor Tour that flies over Fort McHenry, the Ravens’ and Orioles’ stadiums, the National Aquarium and Harborplace tours. Choose between the 30-minute and 45-minute tours. Or take the Annapolis and Baltimore Combination Tour.
4994 Sheppard Lane
Ellicott City, Md. 21042
Named for owner/pilot Robert “Bootcamp” Schapiro, Bootcamp Helicopters provides flight lessons, aerial advertising, tours and more. Raised in Baltimore, Schapiro is a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves. He is assigned to F Company 1st Battalion 214th Aviation Regiment, Johnstown, Pa. His helicopter company also offers various rides and tours.
Ocean City Maryland Helicopter Tours
Ocean City Municipal Airport
12724 Airport Road
Berlin, Md. 21811
Pilot and owner of Ocean City Maryland Helicopter Tours, Ken Cordrey has more than 40 years of flying experience – 25 of those years were spent as an agricultural crop-duster pilot. Starting the business part-time and offering flights at motorcycle and classic car rallies, as well as spring and fall festivals, the company has expanded its reach. Its Ocean City short tours leave from the airport and fly up Sinepuxent Bay and over Ocean City Harbor and back. Tours of Assateague and others are available.
Advanced Helicopter Concepts
Frederick Municipal Airport
330 Aviation Way
Frederick, Md. 21701
Since 1987, Advanced Helicopter Concepts began operating at the Frederick Municipal Airport. While its main mission is to provide helicopter flight training, it also offers services for aerial photography and videography. It also offers introductory helicopter rides and other services.
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