Q. How long are the flights?
A. Each flight is for approximately 20-25 minutes but allow around 1 hour for the whole experience. We can of course tailor any flight, please let us know.
Q. What level of fitness is required?
A. Only a low level of fitness is required and while we provide stairs for you to get up on to the aircraft, you do have to be able to get into and exit the cockpit.
Q. Is there any age, weight or height limits?
A. There is no upper age limit and we have taken people in their 90’s, as long as you’re mobile. There is a lower age limit of 18 years and above due to safety and licencing requirements. There are upper weight AND height limits that vary per aircraft, please ask for more information.
Q. What if I don’t want to do aerobatics?
A. Don’t worry we tailor the flight completely to you, you can still experience an incredible thrill by taking a gentle scenic flight and we’re happy to do that. If you think you might like to experience one or two very gentle manoeuvres please, just let us know.
Q. What clothes should I wear?
A. Although generally it will not be cold, we ask that you wear as a minimum full length trousers and you MUST wear closed in footwear. If you are flying in the open cockpit Stearman or Tiger Moth, we suggest you bring another layer, such as a light jacket or something warmer if its winter months. We can supply a full flying suit for you to wear over your own clothes.
Q. Can I bring my own camera or smartphone
A. Yes of course, that is no problem, but you MUST have it attached to a neck or wrist strap, so that it will not fall down into the cockpit or if in an open cockpit, be lost overboard.
Q. What if the weather isn’t suitable?
A. Because it is an outdoor activity your flight might be affected by weather or aircraft serviceability; we do want you to enjoy your flight experience. We check the weather forecast each morning and if the weather is not suitable our pilot will let you know, but sometimes we may not know until just before your flight, so if we do not postpone in advance, you might be asked to come out and we’ll make a decision before your flight is due to go. All efforts will be made to proceed with the flight on the day. If we need to postpone your flight because of the weather conditions or the aircraft is not serviceable, we will happily re-book you for another date. A voucher will be issued for your chosen flight in the circumstances of unforeseen weather and adverse flying conditions that can be used at any stage during a 12 month period.
Q. How we approach the risk from Covid 19?
A. At this stage, we are currently evaluating each and every aspect of our experience and how this works for the safety of our staff and you as our valued customer. We are aware that the majority of our clients are considered to be vulnerable to Covid-19 and as such, it would be irresponsible for us to commence our adventure flights without a comprehensive risk assessment. We will also be looking at how things are over the coming months in New Zealand.
Typically, the flying season finishes in June as a result of winter with the occasional flight occurring during the offseason. It has been decided therefore to postpone our Spitfire flights till early September when the 2020 – 2021 flying season begins, and if the Covid-19 situation continues to look as positive as it does right now.
Certification: Our wonderful partner Warbirds Limited is certificated under CAA Part 115 Rules to conduct Adventure Aviation flights. To the customer, this ensures our operations are authorised by the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand to ensure your personal safety and regulatory compliance.