The View from Above: Photographing Miami via Helicopter

    We come across lots of weird and wonderful Florida facts. So we thought I’d share a few.  

    You never know, these Florida facts may even come in handy at a pub quiz, too!

    1. The state of Florida is roughly the size of England and Wales, covering an area of approximately 65,578 square miles.
    2. Florida means ‘feast of flowers’ in Spanish. The first European to discover Florida was the Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon, on April 2, 1513. He named it ‘Pascua de Florida’ and claimed it for Spain.
    3. The first permanent European settlement in America was established in 1565 in St. Augustine, Fla., by Spain. Florida was the 27th state to join the United States on 3 March 1845.
    4. With more than 3,000 lakes and more than 1,000 golf courses - more golf courses than in any other U.S. state - Florida is a golfer’s paradise.
    5. The city of Fort Lauderdale is known as the Venice of America because of its canal system, with 185 miles of local waterways.
    6. Did you know that The Florida Everglades are the only place in the world where alligators and crocodile co-exist?
    7. Anything you’ve ever wanted to know about shells you can find out at the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum in Sanibel. It has more than 2,000 shells, 30 exhibits and claims to be the world's only museum devoted solely to mollusks.
    8. Florida is the only state that has two rivers both with the same name - Withlacoochee in north central Florida (Madison County) and Withlacoochee in central Florida.
    9. Key West has the highest annual average temperature in the US of around 25°C.
    10. It’s claimed that the first sunblock was invented in Miami Beach, in 1944, by pharmacist Benjamin Green. Called Red Vet Pet (it was a red gel) it was used to protect American GIs from the sun in World War II. He later added cocoa butter to develop what eventually became suntan lotion.

    By Kara Franker 

    Imagine soaring through the sky above Miami Beach via helicopter. There are no doors. It's just you, the pilot, an equally adventurous photographer friend and a seat belt.

    Photo of Kara Franker

    Photo of Kara Franker

    - Natalie Amrossi

    Photo of Miami Beach

    Photo of Miami Beach

    - Kara Franker

    FlyNYON, an aerial visual company, provides you views of Miami and beyond via helicopter. The company invites consumers and adventure-seeking photographers to fly through the sky to capture original citywide aerial images -- just like the pros.

    The company started as NYonAir in New York, specializing in birds-eye views and visuals of Manhattan. 

    “We decided to enter the South Florida market first, so consumers can capture the ever-growing Magic City’s skylines as well as its lush, tropical landscapes and ocean views,” said NYonAir CMO Matthew Goodrich.

    “The images are always amazing, but it’s the unique experience and the sensation that you feel when you are up in the sky, doors removed, that keeps consumers coming back again and again.”

    Here's how it works: the company offers guests state-of-the-art helicopter flights, guided by photo-centric pilots, to position them above the city and shoot from some of the most distinctive vantage points in the world.

    All helicopters have twin engines. Some are two-seaters; others can seat four or more. Flights usually last around 35 minutes and one seat starts at $249. The company offers specials from time to time, such as buy one seat and get one at half price.

    Since FlyNYON’s launch just one year ago, its photo experiential flights have quickly garnered success via social media, with more than 650,000 fans sharing their original aerial images and experiences.

    To kick off the expansion into Miami, FlyNYON used Instagram to host a contest rewarding the best shots of Miami with free "Photo Flights." To view a few of these shots, check out the hashtag #FlyNYONMiami and follow FlyNYON.

    If you go...

    Think you've got what it takes? To book your flight visit FlyNYON.com.

    Miami Beach has never looked so beautiful.

    Miami Beach has never looked so beautiful.

    - Kara Franker for VISIT FLORIDA

    Can you say 'spectacular?'

    Can you say 'spectacular?'

    - Kara Franker for VISIT FLORIDA

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