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Aerobatic Super Ride
Duration: 2 - 3.5 Hours total/45 min flight
Departs from: Phoenix/Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA)
Leaving out of the Phoenix/Mesa Gateway Airport, the Aerobatic Super Ride is one of the most adventurous and daring tours we offer here at Explore Arizona. You will be given the unique opportunity to fly a real aircraft! Under the guidance of an expert aerobatic instructor of course, we let you have a hands on experience that you'll never forget.
When you arrive at our squadron, you'll be greeted by our friendly staff and introduced to your designated expert instructor pilot. Once you're fully briefed, you and your instructor will step onto the aircraft and get strapped in. This tour is not for the feint at heart, as it's an electrifying 45 minute flight. Your mission will begin with advanced handling and warm-ups and soon progresses through aerobatic maneuvers. You'll experience everything from basic moves to extremely advanced moves. First your instructor will demonstrate, and then you'll follow after he's given you the controls. You have the option to keep it mild or push your limits for the ultimate extreme aerobatics. This is such an incredible experience because you get to choose how far you want to go, and quite literally, the sky is the limit.
You also have the opportunity to impress family and friends as the profile culminates in an exciting high speed, low altitude pass down the runway. Folks in the observation deck will be wowed by your daring and you will be too! At the end you'll be debriefed with an overview of your accomplishments, an in-flight video will be played for all to see, and you'll be given a much deserved "Hero" photo. You video and other fighter combat gear is available for purchase at the end of the tour. The Aerobatic Super Ride from Gateway Airport in Phoenix/Mesa is an outstanding tour. You'll experience fun, adventure, and incredible adrenaline all throughout the flight, leaving you with memories that you will never forget.
Type of Transportation
- Expert Instructor coaches you through maneuvers and sequences
- You have the opportunity to fly 75% of the flight
- No flight experience necessary
- This is NOT a simulator
- In flight Video CD included
EXTRA 300L: German-Built, FAA-Certified, Unlimited Aerobatic Category Airplane
Physical Activity Level
Medical fitness is the responsibility of the customer: Consult your physician with any fitness, medical or nutritional concerns. Nausea medication is acceptable just prior to your mission provided you have consulted a physician concerning the use of such a product as a passenger aboard an aerobatic aircraft. Customer must be able to get in and out of aircraft on their own - with no assistance (high step onto wing, deep step into aircraft and flexible enough to be able to slide into the seat). Must be able to understand and speak English fluently. The more ''fit'' a person is, the better they will be able to withstand the physical challenges of their flight.
What to Wear
For our aerobatic rides, we recommend that you dress comfortably (jeans or shorts & T-shirt), close-toed shoes, sunglasses a must, and jacket & gloves in the winter months.
- Pinnacle of aviation adventure, demonstrating and teaching precise aerobatic maneuvers and customized sequences
- Run through loops, rolls, tail slides, snap rolls tumbles, torque rolls, lomcevaks, extreme gyroscopic variations, hammerheads, inverted flight, advanced spins or anything else you've ever wanted to do in an aircraft
- Return to base for high speed pass above the runway
- Hero Photo and Certificate Package upon conclusion
- Height maximum of 6' 6''
- Weight maximum of 240 lbs. (based on parachute limits)
- Age minimum of 15 years of age and a minimum of 100 lbs.
3.5 Hours - flight time 45 min
Tuesdays through Saturdays all year long. NOTE - we start very early during the summer months due to the heat. We try to have all flying complete by 11:00am during the summer months.
**Price is per party, not individual person. You should always only input the number 1**
Call us for discount price if you have a group bigger than 5 people.
Departure Time & Location
Time to be determined upon booking flight. Select preferred flight session. Times may vary. They start as early as 5:45am from May 15-Sept 30 and 7:45am Oct 1-May 14. Meet at the Phoenix/Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA), 5865 South Sossaman Road, Mesa, Arizona 85212