About OBX Helicopters
Hi! We are Steph and Larry Ihle, two people who love flying, and we love sharing the joy! Flying is in our blood… Larry’s father flew B-25’s and B-26’s in WWII then was a captain with Eastern Airlines for many years after the war. Larry’s brother and daughter are both private pilots and his mother met his father while she was a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines. Steph’s dad also loved to fly but was not quite as traditional; he was known for ‘buzzing’ his boating friends in his amphibious ultralight over the waters around Ocracoke Island.
Larry got his fixed wing flying license in 1981 at the age of 20 and has enjoyed flying airplane tours and helicopter tours over the Outer Banks ever since. After a fantastic trip to New Zealand (and several helicopter flights), he became hooked on helicopters and soon after obtained his rotor wing rating. Taking a big leap of faith, we started Coastal Helicopters in 2009 with just the two of us – ‘Mom and Pop’!
We really take pride and feel so privileged to be able to share the gift of flight Our goal is to give you the experience of a lifetime, while providing you with the most exceptional customer service, and unparalleled safety. We are 100% positive that the world would be a better place if everyone spent a portion of their day in the air!
Please check out the ‘Trip Advisor’ link below to see what our customers are saying!