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Frequently Asked Questions
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Flying in an open biplane is a lot like riding in a convertible. We provide flying helmets and goggles to protect you from the wind but you can expect it to be about 3-7 degrees cooler during your flight than it is on the ground.
If you are going to fly the Stearman dress in comfortable clothes (as you will have to climb in and out of the cockpit) and soft soled shoes are recommended. Ladies no heels please.
Of course, just make sure it has a strap. We do recommend that camera bags and anything loose not be carried on board and we provide storage bins for our passengers prior to their flight.
We love what we do and the only way we can continue to have the best job in the world is to make safety our number one priority. All our pilots hold either FAA Commercial or Airline Transport Pilot Certificates and have extensive training with decades of experience as owner/operators of their aircraft. What is just as important as flight experience is our pilots’ passion for biplanes and the history they represent. We get to share the thrill of open cockpit flight everyday with our customers, and that is truly a dream come true.
As you will see, our airplanes are beautifully restored and impeccably maintained. Our own FAA certified Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanic meticulously maintains all of our aircraft daily. All planes have regular 25 hour, 50 hour, and 100 hour inspections as required. It is important to note that the maintenance and inspection of the airplanes is conducted by a person who knows them well.
We try to make this as safe as possible but flying has some risk associated with it, though we think it’s worth it.
We will do our best to get anyone in the aircraft if we possibly can. In the biplanes you'll need to be able to get up on a wing that's about two feet above the ground and then into the cockpit. We can help you some but we can’t do it all. It is best to call and tell us your situation and we will do whatever we can to help.
There are certain weather conditions we cannot fly in, but in Florida the weather is always changing. As a guideline, if it is raining, or if the winds exceed 25mph, flights will be cancelled under those conditions. Give us a call just before you leave the house or hotel to confirm your flight.
We'll give you a gentle ride unless you ask for something a bit more exciting. While we do not offer aerobatics, if you’re a daredevil at heart, we can give you plenty of thrills without going upside down. Parachutes are not used on any of our flights preventing our ability to offer any maneuver that exceeds 60 degrees.
Being “open-cockpit” biplanes there are no upper height limitations for the New Standard D-25, Stearman or Travel Air. All aircraft have gross weight limitations but just as important is the limit of the seat belts. If you are particularly wide around the middle our belts may not be able to accommodate you. Also getting into the planes takes some dexterity. The New Standard can accommodate most body types. The Stearman can take guests flying who are 275lbs. or lighter and at least 5 feet tall. The Travel Air can take two guests whose joined weight is under 400lbs. Many of these limitations are seriously monitored for your safety and also to maintain the integrity of the aircraft.
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My wife and I stopped by Fantasy of Flight today and I had the opportunity to fly in the Stearman with Rob. I was the Navy guy that was hoping to get over his fear of flying. I have to tell you I had the thrill. Yes, it will take time to be 100% percent comfortable again, but you really treated me well and I appreciate you talking to me and explaining everything before, during and after the flight. I REALLY had a great time and plan to return for another flight. You guys are the best! Thank you for the memories and a swell time. I plan on leaning more about the Stearman and we will do figure eight's next time. You both are really fortunate to work at something you truly love.
- Robert and Brenda Boatwright