Explorer Flight (40 minutes)
One Passenger Flight: $295
Two Passenger Flight: $440
Add Aerobatic Maneuvers: $50
: There is no weight restriction, however, since we have modified our aircraft to accommodate 2 passengers in the cockpit, there is a width restriction of 32 inches.
Monday, Thursday & Friday: By appointment. Open from 10am - 5pm.
Saturday & Sunday: Walk in between 10am - 4pm.
Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Choose Your Explorer Flight
The Wine Country Tour
(40 minute flight)
Catch an Eagle's View of the world renowned vineyards of the Sonoma and Napa Valleys, heading east across the bucolic Carneros region to Napa, turn north to St. Helena, west to Glen Ellen, then back south through the lush Sonoma Valley. Grapes galore.
West to the Pacific Tour
(40 minute flight)
Aviate over rolling hills and open pastures of Sonoma, Novato and Petaluma; then head out to Tomales Bay and absorb the Majestic magnificence of the Pacific Ocean.
Spires of "The City" Tour
(40 minute flight)
Drift south toward San Francisco and enjoy a panoramic outlook of the Sausalito and Tiburon Harbors, outlying views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands, then circle Mt. Tamalpais en route to Point Reyes and your safe Sonoma return.
Biplane Flights in Northern CA
Slip into your flying helmet, climb up the wing and into the front seat of a 1942 WWII open cockpit biplane. The chocks are away, you can hear that huge radial engine roar, and you are rolling down the runway to live the sights, sounds and smells of a once-in-a-lifetime aviation experience.
A Taste of History
You will literally step back in time when you slip into your flying helmet, climb up the wing and into the front seat of a 1942 WWII open cockpit biplane. You'll hear the huge radial engine roar as you roll down the runway to your incredible explorer flight tour over Sonoma County. Our incredible biplanes are capable of performing tricks and turns, and for an additional cost, you can add Aerobatic Maneuvers to your flight experience.
The Ultimate Thrill - Add Aerobatic Maneuvers!
For an additional $50, you may add this exciting experience to your Explorer Flight Tour. Experience the thrill of inverting to "down is up" in an open cockpit as we pull up into a Loop, a Barrel Roll and a Hammer Head. If you're still "thumbs up" and smiling, here we go into the famous Cuban Eight!
Our Biplane Fleet
Boeing PT-17 Stearmans
The first aircraft a cadet would fly during flight training prior to and during World War II. Known for its stability and strength, the Stearman was a reliable primary trainer and remains a popular classic today.
We have three 1941 Stearmans modified to accommodate 2 passengers in the front cockpit. The seat is 32" across, so the seating is cozy.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many people can go up at a time?
In our 1942 open cockpit biplanes, we have the FAA-approved seat modification to 32" across. That holds 2 medium/large people very, very cozy.
What is the minimum age?
It's more of a height requirement. A child of approx. 40 inches will fit safely in the seat belts and be tall enough to take in the view - with the help of our booster cushion. All children under the age of 10 must fly with an adult.
Are there any weight limits for the flights?
Not really... if you can fit in the front cockpit, you are good to go. BUT, climbing into the biplane takes a bit of dexterity. Let us know if you think your size may be an issue and we'll help figure it out.
Are aerobatic flights right for me?
If you like adventure and the thrill of a rollercoaster, you will love the aerobatics.
What should I wear on my flight?
Dress as if you were going for a ride in a convertible; layers recommended. Keep it casual, bring sunglasses; we'll supply the cloth flying helmet and earplugs. White and fine clothing is not recommended, as oil is present around airplanes. Windbreakers are discouraged as they tend to fill with air. Comfortable shoes recommended.
What happens if the weather is bad on the day of my flight?
Safety first. We never cut corners. If you have a flight scheduled, please call to confirm just before you need to leave the house or hotel. Even if it's nice where you are, we occasionally get some coastal fog, and vice versa - just because it's cloudy or rainy where you are doesn't mean it is where we are. We seldom have to make last minute changes, but your pilot has the authority to cancel a flight or change a route. In case of forecast inclement weather, we'll call you to see if you want to cancel or reschedule. Either way, there's no charge.
How safe is this?
Safety is priority ALWAYS. For 30 years we have maintained a perfect flying safety record and our aircraft are maintained to meet the highest FAA maintenance standards. We are insured.
Can I bring a camera or camcorder?
Yes! A camera with a wide-angle or panoramic lens is best, but even a throw-away camera will capture this unforgettable experience. Your camera should have a strap, if possible. A camcorder is OK as long as it is one of the smaller handheld types.
Should I tip the pilot?
Sure! And the pilots really appreciate it, but it is not required. Many of our passengers are so thrilled by their flight, they just can't refrain from showing their satisfaction.
Can people with physical challenges fly with you?
Generally, yes. We've had folks with all sorts of challenges fly with us. We would like to share the joy of flight with everyone, so please give us a heads-up and be willing to work with us, and we'll do everything we can. Give us a call to discuss your needs. If we can figure out a way, we sure will.
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