"They looked happy," a source tells PEOPLE of the father-daughter duo, who took off from Manhattan Wednesday

By Sydney Berger
July 18, 2012 02:20 PM
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Tom Cruise and Suri had some father-daughter bonding time for the second day in a row.

Following Tuesday’s New York City outing, the newly single dad, 50, and his little one, 6, took a trip above the Big Apple on a Liberty helicopter.

Cruise carried his precious cargo during a sweltering hot day in N.Y.C. “They didn’t look stressed,” a source tells PEOPLE.

Even though Katie Holmes, 33 – who was spotted going to a gym on the same day as the helicopter ride – will have primary custody of the couple’s daughter, Cruise “will have a meaningful relationship with Suri,” says his lawyer, Bert Fields.

Cruise and Suri’s destination was unknown, but the tot was seen peering through the helicopter’s window.

“They seemed happy to me,” says an observer.

For much more on this story, including details on Cruise’s trusted inner circle, how he s coping and Holmes’s new life, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday