Phil Ulrich is the pilot and owner of Classic Air Ventures and has been flying for over 30 years, logging over 20,000 hours of flight time (7000 hours of which were in the WACOs) and has carried over 25,000 very satisfied customers.
Now for a little about the flights. Classic Air Ventures offer several different flights ranging from 35 minutes to 1+ hour, our most popular flights being the 45 or 60 minute flight, leaving out of Page Field. Once you've decided which flight length is right for you, you are helped into the plane over a small set of steps and into the deep front cockpit, where the two passengers sit side by side. Then there are seat belts to secure and you are outfitted with your own personal 1940's era flying helmet and headset.
Now that you are ready, Phil starts the 220 horsepower engine, the propeller spinning so fast it is nearly invisible, you taxi down the runway and before you know it you are in the air. On the 45 minute flight, our most popular, the plane heads out over the city to Cape Coral and Pine Island, on out to North Captiva Island, where he will descend to about 300 feet to fly along the scenic coastline. As you fly towards Sanibel Island, you may see dolphin, manatee, sharks or stingrays in the beautiful blue shallows. Then fly along Sanibel's scenic coastline, down to the Sanibel Lighthouse where you will do a climbing turn and head across the Gulf to Fort Myers Beach, all of Estero Island and Lovers Key.
Back at the airport, landing is as smooth as take-off....it’s hard to tell when the wheels touch the runway!
Remember to bring a camera for great photo opportunities
Classic Air Ventures Biplane Tours operates out of the Page Field, November through Mid- May. You can take a flight between the hours of 10AM - 5:30PM Mon through Sunday. There are 3 flights choices, from 35 minutes up to 1 hour, ranging price from $280 to $460 (2nd passenger at no additional cost)
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