Learn to Fly a Biplane
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Take a step back in time and discover the thrill of flying an open-cockpit, WWII era biplane during this Learn to Fly a Biplane experience!Full Description>
- Certified FAA Pilot is an aerobatic champion with over 20 years of experience flying Stearman Biplanes
- Fly in the open cockpit of a meticulously restored WWII training aircraft, known as "Sweet Caroline"
- Enjoy approximately 30 or 60 minutes of flight time while you practice your basic maneuvers
- Take in views of Lake Norman, Charlotte Motor Speedway, and more!
If you've ever stared at a passing plane and wondered what it must be like to fly one... now is your chance to find out! Man the controls of a fully-restored WWII era biplane during this Learn to Fly a Biplane experience!
Your Certified FAA Pilot has over 20 years of experience flying sightseeing and aerobatic rides in Stearman Biplanes. He is even a former Champion of the Aerobatic Competition at the National Stearman Fly-In, so you will definitely be in capable hands!
Enjoy the wind in your hair as you cruise above the Charlotte skyline during this approximately 30 or 60-minute training flight. Your pilot will handle the take-off and landing, but you'll take over the controls once you are safely in the air. Don't worry! There is nothing you can do up there that your pilot can't undo. From the open cockpit, you'll also enjoy views of Lake Norman, Charlotte Motor Speedway and much more!
Want some more time to practice or experience some aerobatics? Upgrade to the 60-minute flight option and you'll do just that! Sit back, hold on, and enjoy as your pilot executes barrel rolls, hammerhead turns, and more!
Take a step back in time and fly like a WWII era pilot. It's an experience you won't soon forget!
- One passenger per flight
- Must be at least 10 years old to fly the plane
- Participant must weigh no more than 275 pounds
- Participant must present a valid form of ID
- Helmet with communication headset will be provided
DurationApproximately 30 or 60 minutes of flight time, depending on the option selected.
Maximum Participants1 passenger per flight
SpectatorsSpectators are encouraged to watch the take-off and landing from the airport terminal. There may be an opportunity to take photos and ask questions about the aircraft, if escorted out of the terminal by the pilot.
Weather DependentThis experience is weather dependent. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What To WearWear comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather conditions. Passengers typically will want to wear a jacket and light gloves if flying outside of the summer months. Closed-toes shoes and sunglasses are recommended.
Booking InformationFor this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 14 days in advance.
Cancellation PolicyPrior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9 Living's standard return and exchange policy shall apply. Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, no refunds will be given. Rescheduling is allowed up to 72 hours prior to your experience, failure to appear on your booked date or to reschedule at least 72 hours prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience. In the event your experience is canceled due to inclement weather you will reschedule your experience directly with your pilot.
Do I need previous flying experience?
No! This is an introductory flight and your pilot will make sure you are in good hands.
Are there any weight restrictions?
Yes. Participants must weight 250 pounds or less to fly.
Can I bring a camera or video recorder on my flight?
Absolutely! You must keep control of the device, however, so it does not blow out of the open cockpit. It is best to have a wrist strap. Time permitting, there may also be time to hook up external camera systems (GoPro cameras, etc.) Please contact your experience provider directly to make arrangements.
What is the difference between the 30 and 60-minute flight options?
During the 30-minute flight, your pilot will let you take the controls and teach you how to execute basic maneuvers. If you upgrade to the 60-minute flight, you'll have more time to do whatever you choose! You may want to continue to practice your own flying. Or, if you want to squeeze in some thrills, you can hand the controls back over to the pilot to execute some aerobatic maneuvers! It's totally up to you!
- Do I need previous flying experience?