I have a horrible conflict; my sons are graduating on the same day at about the same time in different states. One in East Greenbush NY the other in Beverly MA.

I am interested in hiring a helicopter to transport us from NY to MA. My question is if I receive permission from the schools to land what other permits or steps would I have to take?

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    $\begingroup$ You have deeper pockets than me @Paula, that will cost you serious bucks. In any case it's hard to say exactly, it depends on the local laws. It would be a lot cheaper and faster to get a private fixed wing airplane from a local airfield like Alexander Farm to Beverly airport with car transfers in between, each one's just a couple of miles from your start and end points. $\endgroup$ – GdD Jan 8 '18 at 15:49
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    $\begingroup$ See this question. But if you're chartering a helicopter - or any other type of aircraft - then dealing with landing permissions and other paperwork is the operator's job, not yours. $\endgroup$ – Pondlife Jan 8 '18 at 15:52
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    $\begingroup$ @GdD the distance between East Greenbush and Beverly is approx. 125 NM. A helicopter transfer will take approximately 1 hours 40 minutes, assuming ~100 knots cruising speed plus a bit for start-up and transfer to the sports field / helipad. A fixed wing may be faster, but going to/from a local airport will take approximately 20-30 minutes, on each side. The flight itself will be faster than the helicopter flight, but when you add start-up / taxi time on each end, I'd be surprised if it is still quicker overall. I reckon you need a cruise speed exceeding 160 knots to make up for the lost time. $\endgroup$ – DeltaLima Jan 8 '18 at 17:01
  • $\begingroup$ 20-30 minutes to go 2-3 miles on each end @DeltaLima? There are small airfields in very close proximity on either side. Even if she uses a helicopter they're much more likely to transit between those 2 points as getting permission to land at a school is unlikely. $\endgroup$ – GdD Jan 8 '18 at 17:04
  • $\begingroup$ @GdD, Google gives me 11 minutes by car for the first transfer, 19 minutes for the second. I padded both with 10 minutes extra time for margin. I did the same for the helicopter. $\endgroup$ – DeltaLima Jan 8 '18 at 17:21

If you charter a helo, most likely they’ll fly you from KALB to KBVY, then provide you additional ground transportation to and from these airports. As to landing directly onto school property, that would probably be at the discretion of the school itself; my guess is that they would frown on it unless it was an emergency, as helicopters are a noisy and somewhat dangerous nuisance to have around.

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