The NASA Experience

Our NASA tour is the only way to get a “bird’s eye view” of the incredible NASA space complex.

Flying over the beautiful and protected nature reserve of North Merritt Island you get amazing views of all the launch pads located at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), plus breathtaking views of the “Vehicle Assembly Building” (VAB) which covers eight acres, is 525 feet tall and 518 feet wide.

You then continue your journey to experience a “once in a lifetime” flight over the NASA “Shuttle Landing Strip” which is an amazing 15,000 feet (2.84 mile) long and is one of the longest runways in the world.

Please make sure to call and book in advance as we require special clearance for this rare opportunity to fly in NASA airspace.

This flight is approximately 35 minutes that also takes you over Banana River, the Thousand Islands, Cocoa Beach and Port Canaveral.



(per person, with 2 passengers)


(per person, with 3 passengers)

Would you like to experience this tour with you on the flight controls?

We offer a discovery flight through our partner Voyager Aviation, starting from $249, that lets you take the controls of a helicopter. You will fly with a FAA certified helicopter flight instructor making this a truly memorable experience.

 NOTE: Occasionally, the NASA complex is active and spectacular launches occur with rockets going up and coming back down right before us. The local area and beaches are filled with thousands of people hoping to get a glimpse of one of these launches. Beachside Helicopters offers exclusive flights during these times and can take passengers up to witness one of these launches from a height of 2,000 feet while hovering along the edge of the viewing area. Frequently, our passengers will request the doors to be removed for full unobstructed views and incredible pictures. If you would like to join the small group of people who have witnessed a rocket launch from a helicopter, give us a call and check availability. Because of the uncertainty and complexity of space flight, we cannot guarantee that a launch will occur on a published date or at a specific time so please be prepared to be flexible in your flight and understand that we will do our best to get in position, however the launch may suddenly be delayed or cancelled with little notice. These flights are obviously rare and are scheduled by reservations on a first come, first serve basis. The pricing is $250 per person and includes a viewing of the launch, flight along the cruise ships of Port Canaveral and a special tour of Cocoa Beach. If the launch also includes a rocket reentry, we will hold in place till the booster rockets return and make their landing back at the Kennedy space complex. Reservations can be made by calling (321) 454 3090 and let us know which flight you are interested in.

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