Are you insured?
What should we wear?
Flying in the biplane is much like riding in your car with the windows down. We fly at 1000 feet so there is little temperature change, and a cockpit windshield deflects the direct windstream. Comfortable clothes and soft soled shoes or sandals will do fine. For the ladies, if your hair is shoulder length, bring a hair clip
so you won't return from your flight with a fresh hairdo.
Should we bring a camera?
Definitely. There will be lots of great scenery you will want to photograph and remember. Be sure your camera's battery has a fresh charge and its memory card has enough capacity.
Is there an age restriction?
Atlas Aero has taken the young at heart from age 4 to 95 on our biplane tours. As long as you're comfortable with flying and have the spirit of adventure you can go.
How many people can go on the biplane tour?
Two people, in addition to the pilot, can fly in the biplane. Passengers sit in the front cockpit, side by side, on a seat that is 32 inches wide. We usually run out of space before there is any concern about weight, so if the two of you can fit on this seat, it's a go.
Is it safe?
That's why the biplane---and Dave---have lasted this long. Atlas Aero maintains its aircraft in compliance with the high standards of the Federal Aviation Regulations. In addition, the Waco is inspected daily for airworthiness, and its engine has regularly scheduled tune-ups and oil changes.
When do you fly?
Atlas Aero offers biplane tours from Spring through Autumn. We usually begin flying once the temperature has permanently moderated around mid-May. Tours are available seven days a week, from sunrise to sunset. The main restriction to our operation is, obviously, weather; we do not fly on days with rain, low clouds or thick haze. In addition, we do not fly if the winds are strong and gusty as this would make for an uncomfortable flight---and spoil the coffee service. Flights tend to be the smoothest and most enjoyable in the calm air of the morning or early evening. These two times of the day also provide the best view of the colors on the ground.
What if I'm a nervous flyer?
On occasion, individuals arrive at the airport a bit nervous. This could be due to being unfamiliar with the airport setting or flying, in general. And it is said that if man were meant to fly, he would have been given wings---or more money for aviation fuel. Plenty of time is set aside so individuals can get acquainted with the biplane while on the ground and ask all the questions they might have. We emphasize that the flight will be in smooth air, and flown straight and level. The biplane tour is never more than ten minutes from the airport, so if an individual is not comfortable we can quickly be back on the ground, and reschedule the flight for a better time. Our experience has been that, once airborne, most flyers focus on the unfolding scenery , and any anxiety quickly subsides. Atlas Aero wants your biplane tour to provide you a life long memory, for all the right reasons, and we will do all we can to accomplish that goal.
What type of payment does Atlas Aero accept?
We know it is not "pocket change" but many people express their surprise at how reasonable the rates are at Atlas Aero. Our one hour tour is actual flight time, and excludes taxi time. Unlike some other operations, we do not pro-rate our fee by the minute, nor do we charge extra to customize a flight or watch a sunset. To keep the cost of our operation at a minimum and pass along the savings to our fellow aviators, Atlas Aero accepts cash or a personal check.
"Oh, that I had wings like a dove, for then I would fly away, and be at rest."