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Closed for the 2016 Season

Just a quick note to let everyone know that Flying M Air is now closed for the 2016 season.

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Some of our existing clients may know that our helicopter had to go in for overhaul on or before January 2017. We dropped it off early to ensure that we get it back by February for our 2017 frost season contract in central California. We expect to have it back in the Wenatchee area in April, in plenty of time for all of our cherry drying contracts.

Keep watching this space for updates about our return, as well as special offer flights to reposition the helicopter from Phoenix to Sacramento in February and Sacramento to Wenatchee in April. We’re also hoping to announce the return of our Wenatchee-area wine tasting flights, perhaps with a few new winery destinations!

We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our 2016 clients — as well as those who have flown with us since the helicopter was brand new way back in 2005 — for your continued support. We look forward to serving many of you again in the coming years with a like-new helicopter fresh from overhaul!

30-Minute Tours from Wenatchee

Flying M Air is pleased to offer 30-minute tours of the Wenatchee area on specific dates and times.

Normally, our flights have a one-hour minimum. But in an effort to make flying with us more affordable for folks who just want a tour of the Wenatchee Valley, we’ve begun setting aside specific weekend and holiday dates and times for shorter flights. You can see what’s available and buy tickets on our Online Store. Just look under the “Specials” heading.

Rocky Reach Dam

Specials are often available just a few days before the ticket date, so it’s important to check in occasionally if you want to find a date that works for you. But we’ll also be announcing upcoming dates on this site, so subscribing to our News & Special Offers list is probably a more reliable way to get timely announcements of upcoming special offers like 30 minute flights, as well as ride events and “Be Spontaneous!” deep discount offers for longer flights. You can subscribe by entering your email address in the form on the left side of any page on this site. Then click Subscribe and respond to the confirmation email you receive. You can unsubscribe at any time.

As with all of our flights, we can take up to 3 passengers. All flights originate at Wenatchee Pangborn Memorial Airport in East Wenatchee and tour the Wenatchee Valley, from the Rocky Reach Dam to the Rock Island Dam and partway up the Wenatchee River. There is a 275-pound seat weight limit and the total of all passengers cannot exceed 600 pounds. Pricing for 30-minute flights is $295 plus tax. Flights are by reservation only and are subject to postponement or cancellation (with full refund, if necessary) in the event of bad weather or helicopter mechanical issues. 30-minute flights may not be used for doors-off photo flights or air taxi services.

If you have questions about our 30-minute flights or any of our other services, give us a call at 509-699-8044.

Lake Powell Photo Flights, April 2017

Flying M Air is tentatively planning a week-long trip to Page, AZ on Lake Powell. We’ll be conducting photo flights of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area vicinity from Page Municipal Airport for professional, semi-professional, and serious amateur photographers. Right now, we’re looking at April 23 to April 29, 2017 as possible dates.

Flying M Air’s Chief Pilot, Maria Langer, has logged well over 200 hours of flight time in the Lake Powell area since 2005 for aerial photography and charter flights. She knows the lake better than most helicopter pilots, having flown it from Horseshoe Bend (downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam) all the way up past Hite to Canyonlands National Park. She has worked with dozens of still and video photographers for fine art and documentary photography, including many of the photo excursions for Mike Reyfman’s photo tours.

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In addition to the Lake, Page is home of Antelope Canyon and near The Wave — two geological formations popular with photographers. There are plenty of other photographic destinations in the area, including the Wahweap Hoodoos, Marble Canyon, and Alstrom Point. And, of course, Lake Powell is on the Grand Circle of National Parks in southern Utah and Northern Arizona, close to the Grand Canyon, Canyonlands, Arches, Monument Valley, and many other parks. Our photo flights could easily be part of a long photo excursion in the area.

Because we’re not based anywhere near Lake Powell these days, we’d be bringing the helicopter in from Washington or California. We plan on distributing helicopter repositioning costs among the photographers who fly with us in an effort to keep these costs as low as possible. The more photographers who sign up, the lower the cost will be.

We’re also making tentative plans for a 5- or 7-day houseboat trip from Page on the lake for up to six people (double occupancy). This trip would only be available to people who flew with us on photo flights and would begin the day after the photo flights were concluded.

Photo flights with us at Lake Powell could easily be part of a longer photography vacation in this scenic area of the desert southwest.

Are you interested in joining us for this event? We’re working up a list of photographers who want to be kept informed about this. Please fill in the form below to send us your information. Your email address will not be shared or used for anything other than this trip. And please spread the word. With a possibility of 2-4 flights a day for the entire week, we’ve got the potential to take a lot of clients up. The more people taking advantage of this offer, the less expensive it can be.

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$40 Helicopter Rides at Pybus Public Market

We’ll be bringing our Helicopter to the North Parking Lot at Pybus Public Market on four dates in August and September to offer helicopter rides for $40/person. The rides will go down river to the South end bridges, then up the East Wenatchee side of the river to the North end bridge, and then back down the Wenatchee side of the River to Pybus.

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We’re scheduled to appear on the following dates from 10 AM to 2 PM:

  • Saturday, August 8, 2015
  • Saturday, August 22, 2015
  • Saturday, September 5, 2015
  • Saturday, September 19, 2015

Be advised that this schedule is subject to change!

Tickets MUST be purchased the day of the event at Pybus Market’s Info booth. (No tickets will be sold at the Landing Zone.) Pybus accepts cash and all major credit cards. While you’re there, enjoy the Farmer’s Market and grab a bite to eat at one of Pybus’s great eateries.

Please note that there is a per-seat weight limit of 250 lbs. We can take up to 3 passengers at a time. We will not lift off with fewer than 2 passengers on board, so bring a friend!

This is your chance to see Wenatchee from a whole new perspective!

Flying M Air to Fly Santa to Pybus Market

Once again, Flying M Air has been asked to fly Santa in to Pybus Market for his annual visit to Wenatchee.

Santa Arrives

We’ll be flying in to the south parking lot at Pybus Market on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 1:00 PM. Come by to watch Santa’s arrival — be sure to take lots of pictures. Afterwards, Santa will be greeting children inside for photo ops.

Flying M Air’s helicopter will also be on display at Pybus market December 7 through December 12.

Learn more about Pybus Public Market holiday events on the Pybus website:

$35 Helicopter Rides at 2014 Wenatchee Wings & Wheels

Flying M Air is pleased to be a part of the Wenatchee Wings and Wheels event in East Wenatchee for the third year in a row.

Ride Route

This year, we’ll be offering $35 per person helicopter rides from the Eastmont Park soccer field, just north of the main event grounds. We’ll be offering rides one day only, on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10 AM until 3 PM.

Rides will depart the soccer field and head northwest to the bridge at Olds Station before turning southbound over Wenatchee. We’ll cross the river again at the south end bridge and return to our starting point. The time of the ride will vary depending on flying conditions and passenger load, but it covers roughly 10 miles. Although the route will vary slightly to minimize noise to people on the ground, we cannot take requests for detours off our published route.

Price Per Person: $35 + tax

Payment Methods Accepted: Cash, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express

Recommended Ages: 5 and up

Weight Restrictions: We cannot take passengers weighing over 275 pounds. The seat belt must fit around each passenger’s waist; we do not have seat belt extenders.

See you in the park on Saturday!

Share Your Photos!

Well, it’s finally happened! We’ve finally started a complete reworking of our Website to provide up-to-date, accurate information of all of our services and prices.

This will likely be a long process as we weed out old photos and content and replace them with new material. Although there are currently no glaring errors on the site, there might be a few residual photos and information about our old Arizona operations. Please ignore them!

You can help us make this site better than ever! If you have any photos you’d like to share with us for possible inclusion on the site, send them! We’re especially interested in group photos taken with the helicopter or at any of our tour destinations. You can use this form:

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Thanks again for your patience and for helping us out.

Flying M Air to Transport Santa to Pybus Market

It’s with great pleasure that we announce that we’ve been hired by Santa Claus to provide him with transportation from Wenatchee Pangborn Airport to Pybus Public Market in downtown Wenatchee, WA on December 1, 2013.

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Pilot Maria Langer and her dog pose with Santa and Flying M Air’s helicopter last winter in Arizona.

This isn’t the first time Santa has utilized our air-taxi services. We’ve been working with Santa and his transportation coordinators since 2011 when we first transported him to the Deer Valley Airport Restaurant in Phoenix for his annual appearances there. Since then, Santa has worked with us on numerous occasions to meet his local transportation needs. We’re pleased that Santa has turned to us yet again, now that we’ve relocated to Washington state from Arizona.

Normally, Santa travels by sled pulled by eight or nine reindeer. But in December, Santa likes to give his reindeer a good rest before their big Christmas Eve trip. Accustomed to being dropped off right at his destination, it’s natural for Santa to turn to helicopter operators for his pre-Christmas travel arrangements.

You can see Santa’s big arrival at Pybus Public Market on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 2 PM. The helicopter will be arriving in the parking lot right beside the building. Be sure to pay close attention to the safety personnel at the landing zone! Santa will step out to greet his fans before the helicopter shuts down. Be sure to stay away from the helicopter until after its rotor blades have stopped spinning.

After Santa’s arrival, we’ll move the helicopter into Pybus Market where it will be on display until Wednesday, December 4. Flying M Air’s pilot will be on hand Sunday afternoon to answer questions and open the helicopter for visitors to get a closer look. You’ll also be able to buy gift certificates for short flights and wine tasting tours — a great gift for anyone!

Helicopter on Display at Wenatchee Wings & Wheels

Flying M Air’s helicopter will be on display at the Wenatchee Wings & Wheels event in Eastmont Community Park in East Wenatchee on October 5-6, 2013.

Come to the park and meet us! Talk to the pilot, see our helicopter close up, get a picture sitting in the pilot’s seat! We’ll be giving away Flying M Air picture postcards and explaining how helicopters fly. We’ll also be selling tickets for helicopter rides from Wenatchee Airport on the afternoon of October 6.

This is a great family event and we’re thrilled to be a part of it! Come on by and say hello!

For more information about Wenatchee Wings & Wheels, call 509-886-6108 or visit their Web page, http://east-wenatchee.com/community-events-wings-wheels-2013_14-8e.html.

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