Two Winged Pikmin appear for a few seconds and carry Olimar a set distance that can be varied by the amount of Pikmin Olimar has behind him at the moment. If Olimar has Pikmin with him, the Winged Pikmin struggle and carry Olimar for a less time and less speed and that means Olimar can't recover well. But if Olimar has no Pikmin, the Winged Pikmin can carry Olimar very far and at a high speed. The downfall is that Olimar will need to sacrifice his Pikmin to use the move properly, which means he will have to use Pikmin Pluck over again. When Olimar uses this move opponents can attack Pikmin and kill them out of Olimar's arms. The winged Pikmin seem to get tired, if the move is used successively, the winged Pikmin will carry Olimar less distance every time. Unlike most recovery specials, Olimar can use an aerial move to break out of the winged Pikmin arms instead of going helplessly. However, after Olimar performs the aerial attack he'll go into a helpless state.
Winged Pikmin can carry items and captains over places that Pikmin can't go into. Places such as water (Blue Pikmin are the only type that can swim in Pikmin 3) and high up places account for this.