Portland Marathon Partners with Oregon Helicopters
Oregon Helicopters Helps to Provide Aerial Coverage of the 2019 Portland Marathon
This year’s Portland Marathon takes place Sunday, October 6th. Oregon Helicopters will be in the air during the race to allow race organizers to capture video and still photage of the event. The Portland Marathon is a Rose City classic with a storied history and Oregon Helicopters is pleased be playing a role in bringing a new and exciting aerial perspective to the race!
Helicopter Tour Discounts for Race Attendees
All race attendees and followers are invited to take advantage of discounts for helicopter tours. A 10% discount is being offered for all helicopter tours booked between now and race day using the promo code “portlandmarathon2019”. Tours start at just $49 per person and the heliport is located right along the race course in Downtown Portland at the corner of Davis St. and Naito Parkway.
Visit the Oregon Helicopters Booth at the Portland Marathon Expo
Oregon Helicopters will have a booth at the Portland Marathon Expo on October 5th from 10AM to 8PM. Talk with staff, learn more about America’s only rooftop helicopter tours, and spin a prize wheel for a chance to win free tours and other items. We will see you there!
Starting at $49 per person (see specific tour for details)
Portland Heliport: 33 NW Davis St. Portland OR 97209
Tours can be booked year round. Marathon discount applies to tours booked between now and October 6th 2019.
See more information about helicopter tours in the FAQ's below. For more information about the Portland Marathon itself, visit the official race site - www.portlandmarathon.com
Helicopter Tour FAQ’s
What days/times can helicopter tours be booked?
Winter operating hours are as follows:
Thursday: 10AM – 8PM
Friday: 2PM – 9PM
Saturday: 10AM – 9PM
Sunday: 10AM – 6:30PM
Tour hours can also be viewed during checkout where you will be given the option to choose your tour time from currently available slots.
How many people can fly at one time?
We have helicopters that can take up to 4 passengers at one time.
Are the prices shown per ticket or for the whole helicopter?
Prices shown are per ticket, per passenger. The exception is all Romantic Tours which are priced per couple.
Will my flight be private?
You will have the option to upgrade your tour to a private tour during checkout. If you do not choose the “private tour” upgrade at checkout then Oregon Helicopters reserves the right to fill all seats with passengers. Tours of 3 or more people, Romantic Tours, and Multnomah Falls and Gorge Tours are always private and do not require an upgrade to be private.
Will I fly together with the other people I booked with?
Generally yes. If your party is larger than 4 passengers then we will need to split your group into multiple helicopters.
What is the minimum number of passengers needed to fly?
A minimum of two passengers are needed for any of our tours to depart. Groups of 2 or more people can freely choose their departure time and date using our online booking system during checkout or by booking over the phone. Keep in mind that tickets are sold per seat and Oregon Helicopters reserves the right to fill all seats on a given flight.
What about single passengers?
As two passengers are needed to fly on any tour, single passengers will be combined with other groups or singles to meet the minimum passenger count. If you wish to purchase a single ticket, please contact Oregon Helicopters customer service by phone at (503) 987-0060.
What ages are appropriate to take a helicopter flight?
All ages can fly: from babies in arms to seniors, helicopter tours are a fun for everyone. Kids love it and in our experience are not bothered by the noise.
Can I hold my child in my lap?
Like the airlines we are governed by the FAA. By FAA rules children of 2 years old and younger may ride in an adult’s lap. Older than 2 must have their own seat.
Why do you ask my weight when booking a flight?
The helicopters we operate have a maximum weight limitation for passengers. Specifically that is not more 300 pounds for any one passenger. We also need to know weights to calculate the weight and balance distribution in the helicopter.
What is your cancellation policy?
Tickets are fully refunded or rescheduled, whichever you prefer, up to 24 hours prior to the scheduled flight time. No shows and cancellations made within 24 hours of the flight time are charged for the full cost of ticket to the credit card provided at the time of booking.
What about cancellations due to weather?
Tours cancelled by Oregon Helicopters for either weather or mechanical reasons are fully refunded or rescheduled, whichever you prefer.
Where do tours depart from?
That depends on the tour you have chosen.
Portland based tours depart from Downtown Portland Heliport (33 NW Davis, Portland OR 97209).
Columbia River Gorge tours depart from Troutdale Airport (472 NW Perimeter Way, Troutdale OR 97060)
Hillsboro based tours depart from Hillsboro Airport (3355 NE Cornell Rd, Hillsboro OR 97124).
Occasionally, however, Oregon Helicopters will fly at events or special venues in which case flights will depart and return to the address affiliated with the event.
How far ahead of time do I need to schedule?
Often you can book a tour for the same day. Popular days and times will book out further in advance. You may see current availability online by choosing a tour and clicking the “book now” button. You may also call our customer service line (503) 987-0060 to check availability.
Can I bring a camera/take pictures?
Absolutely. We hope you do! And we hope you will then share a few with us on our Facebook page @oregonhelicopters and our instagram account @oregon_helicopters.
Is it scary to fly in a helicopter?
Many people are nervous about flying in a helicopter before they get on board. It is our experience that invariably everyone gets off at the end of the flight with an irrepressible grin. Flying is new for most people and can be a little intimidating to think about doing. But once you’ve gotten into the helicopter it is truly captivating. Beyond that helicopters generally provide a smoother, less “bumpy” ride than light aircraft. If you feel panicky please know your limits and don’t force yourself to fly. But if you’re just a bit hesitant and uncertain, try it, you’re going to like it.