Your ultimate day of flight begins with a scenic Cascades helicopter tour from Bend to Madras Airport landing at the world famous Erickson Aircraft Museum where 90% of the incredible aircraft in this collection still fly. There you will meet your PT-17 Boeing Stearman pilot and after a short safety briefing the engine will fire up and you’ll be transported back in time to 1941 and the era of bi-plane open cockpit flight.

The PT-17 Boeing Stearman was the first flight trainer of WWII and it is known for its stability and strength, the Stearman was a reliable primary trainer and remains a popular classic today. Your pilot will take you on a scenic flight around Lake Billy Chinook with the snowcapped Three Sisters in the distance be sure to bring a camera this is one open cockpit adventure you’ll not want to forget. Racing above Lake Billy Chinook you’ll be treated to all of the Cascade Mountains stretching from north to south and including Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack, Mount Washington, North Sister, Middle Sister, South Sister, Broken Top, and Mount Bachelor.

Don’t miss your golden opportunity to literally “fly back in time”. After your flight rotation is finished and you have had time to enjoy the museums other warbirds (check out the P-38) we’ll fly you and your group back via another scenic route to Bend.

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Trip Overview

DURATION
5 Hours
Tour Style
Adventure Tours
PRIVATE FLIGHT
2,100 per person

What's Included

Amazing aerial views of Bend, Oregon, the Deschutes, Mt Batchelor, Broken Top and Three Sisters. Our pilot will spend time showcasing the very best scenic sights on your flight to and from Madras air base.

A solo flight with qualified pilot in a P-17 open cockpit Stearman. Entrance with pilot to the Erickson Aircraft Museum.

Private helicopter tour designed for comfort and sightseeing. Personal communication headsets so you can chat with each other in the air.

Complimentary signature “Doors Off” flights by request. Must be 21 or older. Please request at time of booking.

Bend Local's Tip

Best time for these flights are all day. Ensure you take time out to visit the Erickson Aircraft Museum and their amazing array of flyable WW2 aircraft sitting in a hanger overlooking the snowcapped Cascades in the distance.

Big Mountain Heli Tours is the place for people who collect memories, not stuff – give the gift of a helicopter tour or fixed wing charter flight this year with one click. Helicopter tours are gifts that last a lifetime, email yours today!

May we suggest dinner tonight at one of our favourite steakhouses? The Blacksmith has an epic selection of aged steaks, fine wines and local beers on tap, drop by Specialty Cigars on the way and make it a complete day.

What To Bring

Bring your I.D. – All passengers booked on a tour must have government issued forms of identification.

Be sure to book your tour as early in your trip as possible.

Don’t forget your camera! Cameras and phones are allowed and encouraged, but please be aware that the use of “Selfie Sticks” and extending camera poles is strictly prohibited in and around the aircraft.

Not sure what to wear? Layered clothing is recommended through the months of September through June and winter clothing should be worn from October to April.

Testimonials

“Thank you ever so much for making the Drake/Coco wedding rehearsal a big event by putting smiles on everyone’s faces as they were all still talking about how exciting it was the next day. The helicopter tours were over the top and your pilot and ground assistant was great. Your teams generosity of stretching your air time to take everyone up was greatly appreciated.”


BEST surprise gift ever! As Bend locals we host family and friends all summer long so when we received a one hour scenic helicopter flight via email as a “thank you,” we didn’t know what to expect. The Cascades mountains (Broken Top and Mt Bachelor) were covered in deep snow and seeing Dillon and Tumalo falls from the air was a real treat! We cannot wait to fly in a helicopter again!


My wife and I flew the Winter Wonderland Helicopter Tour this year after the first snow storm dumped white powder all over the mountains. Even though it was December 2nd, the day was clear. At times it felt like we could touch Mt. Bachelor and Broken Top. We flew with Colby, truly an amazing chopper pilot. I highly recommend him as well as all the staff at Big Mountain Heli Tours. They are quite professional. This tour was outstanding, it is a must do. I can write many things about the flight but it is an adventure to be experienced and not read. Next time in Bend, take the Winter Wonderland Helicopter Tour and you will be pleasantly thinking about it weeks later.


Big Mountain Heli Tours offers a number of different helicopter and fixed wing tours all around Central Oregon. They can also plan a custom tour for you as well. We asked them to modify our flight so we could fly over Pronghorn resort and they did. The staff is extremely friendly, professional, and courteous, with seemingly a ton of knowledge of both the area and the aircraft you fly in.  This is a great way to spend a sunny day if you are in town, or live in town and want a different view of the area. We’re glad we got to experience Bend like this!


My husband and I flew with friends visiting from Sisters and fulfilled a long standing wish to see our area from the air. The weather was beautiful! We booked the 1-hour scenic helicopter flight, and were able to fly over our homes in Sisters, then over the Cascades to the beautiful lakes on the backside. Beautiful waterfalls, Deschutes River, Pilot Butte, lava fields. It was amazing! Our pilot Shawn was very good, very accommodating. We’ll do it again with visitors to our area.


I received this scenic flight as a present and enjoyed the Winter Wonderland Helicopter Tour with Jordon as my pilot. Getting to see the snowcapped Cascades from the air is thrilling. I want to go again & again. Jordon was very knowledgeable about the area and it was a joy to fly with him. If we were any closer to Mt. Bachelor & the Three Sisters I would have made a snowman. As a local Bendite I thought I had seen it all. Now I have!


I am really glad I did this scenic flight. It was very exciting. My helicopter pilot was experienced and pointed out many things as we flew over Crooked River and Prineville, around Smith Rock, over to the mountains North, Middle and South Sister, Broken Top, over Tumalo Falls, Lava Falls, Bend and back to the airport. I don’t think I would have been as happy with the shorter helicopter tours under an hour. My goal was to see Central Oregon and get pictures, not just go for a ride in a helicopter. Pictures turned out great because of the clear skies!