A definite highlight of any trip to Oahu’s picturesque North Shore.
What a wonderful way to see the island, in our sleek high-performance aircraft, soaring the skies over northwest Oahu. Panoramic vistas unfold as your pilot guides you in this bubble-topped aircraft; on the wings of the wind with sights and sensations never experienced before. It's thrilling, it's serene, and it's HAWAII!
A definite highlight of any trip to Oahu's picturesque North Shore.
Your piloted Scenic glider Tour will start with flight along the lush Waianae Mountains with rugged cliffs, cattle and horse trails, panoramic views of Oahu's world famous North Shore including Waimea Bay, a glimpse of the Satellite Tracking Station at Kaena Point, and colorful windsurfing sails off the beach at Mokuleia. Depending on the length-of-ride and weather conditions, you can see all of the North Shore and most of the interior of the island including Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head and Honolulu to the South.
A 20-minute flight can attain altitudes of 3,000 feet or more, and longer flights are available. Mother Nature sometimes has a say in where we can fly and how high we can get (because of cloud-cover and wind-conditions), but rides of up-to-an-hour are available. Seating is "cozy", so we suggest that you initially make your plans for flights of 30 minutes or less, and then if conditions are favorable, decide on additional TIME-options when you arrive for your flight. (Maximum combined weight for 2-passengers is 350-pounds)
Specialized Add-on flight activities:
Aerobatic loop-d-loop Ride : You can spice up your scenic tour and include 7 - 10 minutes of aerial aerobatics. Complete with parachutes, you climb into the cockpit alongside an experienced aerobatic pilot and take a look at the world from a whole new perspective, up-side down! You call the shots, mild or wild * and decide how many aerobatic maneuvers and what kind of ride you want. *available for single-passenger riders only; maximum passenger weight 210-pounds.
Eagle mini-lesson : ["Hands-on" Intro Flying Lesson ] Lets YOU do some of the flying! This is an introductory flying lesson in conjunction with your scenic tour. Your intro flight-lesson* will be with an experienced FAA certified glider (sailplane) pilot, and you'll be able to choose how much of the flying you'd like to do. You’ll be amazed at the ease of working the controls, and you'll get an introduction to basic flying maneuvers *available for single-passenger riders only.
"Combo" soaring flight: Experience a real rush! Sign up for both an Aerobatic Ride and Hands-on Mini Flying Lesson as part of your single-passenger piloted Scenic Tour! Flight Safety REQUIRES patron’s total communication and comprehension IN ENGLISH. Glider pilot’s decision is FINAL.
In-flight digital-video: We offer an optional, live digital-video-recording of your flight. Upon request, we can install a GoPro® camera in the glider, which allows us to capture the panoramic views of the country-side, and live-audio of your comments. This digital audio/video is on an SDHC Video Flash Drive, including a pre-programmed 4-minute music-video. So you can take home the memory (or broadcast it on the internet). What a souvenir! Priceless!
What To Know
Words to the wise: For MOST people, especially if you have not been exposed to small-aircraft flying, we recommend flights of 10, 15, 20, or 30 minutes. Longer flights are available, but sometimes a "slice"-of-life will give more enjoyment. 'Longest' is not necessarily 'Best'.
If you are in need of transportation it is available from Waikiki for $45 per person (minimum of 2 guests). Available on flights of 20-minutes or more. Please allow 3 to 4 hours to complete activity from pick-up to return to Waikiki. About one hour before pick-up time we NEED to be in contact with you. Usual pickup time 9 AM at your Waikiki hotel.
Maximum weight for all single-passenger scenic flights is 270 lbs.
Scenic tours for 2 passengers can have a combined passenger weight of 340 Pounds with each person being of average size (170 lbs, 5ft 9in)
Maximum weight for all single passenger aerobatic flight is 220 lbs
Take home a video of your flight for just $55.
Turn your world upside down with a thrilling aerobatic ride. Strap on a parachute, climb into out aerobatic glider with an experienced aerobatic pilot, and hold on tight for the ride of your life. Pull G's. Float in zero gravity. Loop-d-loop. Roll wing-tip to wing-tip. Draw clover leafs in the sky. Pull straight up vertically into a hammer-head stall, and then fall off into a vertical dive -- straight down. At 2 positive G's, wing-overs are the most mellow maneuver on your aerobatic ride.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in a dog-fight? You can with an aerobatic flight. Aerobatic maneuvers were invented to evade enemy pilots in aerial combat and get into position to shoot them down. Our ASK-21 aerobatic glider has the look and feel of a fighter jet. Wrap-around instrument panel. Bubble canopy that opens much like the ones on fighter jets. Forget seat belts, you'll be strapped into a five-point harness. Our aerobatic glider is highly maneuverable. And our aerobatic pilots are among the best anywhere.
Your flight is tailored to you. Your pilot can perform nonstop no-holds-barred aerobatics or take a more gentle approach, performing one maneuver at a time to check your comfort level before continuing.
The ASK-21 is a very strong and agile aerobatic glider. It is built to handle more G forces than most of the fighter planes of World War II. But our pilots hold the G’s at a maximum of 4 positive. At 4 positive G’s you will feel your body pushed down into the seat. Try raising your hand and you find it’s not so easy at 4 G's.
For the aerobatic ride, the glider pilot tows to between 4,000 and 5,000 feet before releasing the towline. (Relax and enjoy the tow; the views are breath-taking.) This tow altitude allows your aerobatic pilot to perform 7 to 10 minutes of thrilling maneuvers.
You have the option of adding a mini-lesson to your aerobatic flight. Choose this option and after the aerobatic portion of your flight is completed, your pilot will give you an introductory training flight. He or she will show you what each flight control does and then you get to fly the glider.
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*Waikiki.com shall not be liable to any individual utilizing these tour/activity programs for delays, injury, loss, accident or damage to persons or property beyond its control. Natural phenomena are random and out of the control of the tour provider. Prices, features and/or menu are subject to change without notice.