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When do you fly? Days
Open and Hours of Operation:
SPRING thru FALL: (April
through October) FIVE Days A Week:
Saturday and Sunday, we open at 10:30 AM and last
flight out about 4:00 PM. No appointments needed or
taken, just walk-in, we fly first come, first served.
By appointment, we fly Monday, Thursday & Friday.
Please call or email to make a reservation. We are
closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
(November thru March) Saturday & Sunday flights only:
We fly Saturdays & Sundays, always weather permitting. No weekday
flights. For passenger comfort, we do not fly the open cockpit
biplanes if the temperature is below 65 degrees. The
bitter-cold of the wind can be harsh, and we donít want passengers
turning into icicles. We can fly the closed cockpit warbirds in
the colder weather.
BY THE WAY... We only
fly Weather permitting. That can mean extreme heat, gusting winds,
rain, fog, cold - any of these elements - can affect our ability
to fly. These conditions cannot always be forecasted in advance,
and therefore if we must stop flights for any of these reasons, we
apologize for the inconvenience. We get the weather forecast from
the local news channels.
ALERT: We close EARLY, 2:00pm, on Big
Race Event Days at the Sonoma Raceway, so none of us get stuck in
gridlock traffic. Those race days include NASCAR, Indy Race, NHRA
Drag Races. You can check the Sonoma Raceway website at
http://www.sonomaraceway.com/events/ for these dates (they
change every year)
How come no
reservations on a weekend?
country traffic! We stopped taking reservations about 10 years ago
when Sonoma became as popular as Napa for wine country visitors.
If you have an 11:00am reservation for a 20 minute flight, and you
are 15 minutes late bacause of wine country traffic jam, then our
entire flight schedule is shot for the day. And if someone walked
in at 10:50am wanting a 20 minute flight, and we told them they
had to wait 45 minutes for the 11:00am flight to return, well, now
they have to wait over an hour and we haven't flown anyone. Follow
what we are saying?
people can go up at a time?
In our 1942 open cockpit
biplanes, the front passenger seat is a bench, and has a width
restriction of 32"across, (side-by-side seating).
Very, very cozy! For two passengers to fit, please
take this into account, and if you are considering
adding in the aerobatic maneuvers, we must strap a
parachute on you as well (FAA rules) which takes a bit
more away from your allotted space. The
Texan warbird is single passenger.
What is the
It's more of
a height requirement. A child of approx. 48 inches will fit
safely in the seat belts and be tall enough to take in the view
- with the help of our booster cushion. Children under the age
of 10 should fly with an adult, exceptions made on a
Are there any
weight limits for the flights?
Not really..... if you
can fit in the front cockpit, you are good to go. BUT, climbing
into the biplane takes a bit of dexterity. Let us know if you
think your size may be an issue and we'll help figure it out.
What altitudes do you fly at?
follow all FAA rules which govern safe operation and designated
minimum altitude restrictions over open space and populated areas.
Is aerobatic flight right for me?
If you like adventure and the
thrill of a rollercoaster, you will love the aerobatics.
What should I
wear on my flight?
Dress as if you were
going for a ride in a convertible, layers recommended. Keep it
c asual, bring sunglasses; we'll supply the cloth flying helmet
and earplugs. White and fine clothing is not recommended as oil
is present around airplanes. Windbreakers are discouraged as
they tend to fill with air. Comfortable shoes recommended.
Can I take control of the airplane?
In the Biplanes, all passenger cockpit controls have been removed to safely accommodate two passengers; The Texan is a dual control airplane and you may "fly" the airplane at altitude, no take-offs or landings allowed.
Are the airplanes heated?
NOPE! These are circa 1940's aircraft.....the real deal!!
Can it get too
cold to fly in the open cockpit biplanes?
For your comfort, we do not fly the open
cockpit biplanes if the temperature is below 68
How can I
purchase a gift certificate?
Call us at 707-938-2444.
It will take just a couple minutes to process your order. If
it's a surprise, we can mail it in a plain unmarked envelope or
you can come by the airport and pick it up. If you need us to
call you, we can be real stealthy if you need us to be, leave us
the pertinent details of when and how to reach you.
Do the gift
certificates/boarding pass expire? How long are they good for?
You never lose the value
you paid for your Gift Certificate/Boarding Pass. We guarantee
the price of the ride for six months, however after six months,
if we experience an increase in rates, you will be responsible
for the fare difference. Gift Certificates are non-refundable,
but they are transferable. Please do not lose your gift
certificate, they cannot be replaced. Gift Certificate must be
presented for flight.
if the weather is bad on the day of my flight?
Safety First. We never cut corners. If you are a scheduled
flight, please call to confirm just before you need to leave the
house or hotel. Even if it's nice where you are, we occasionally
get some coastal fog, and vice versa - just because it's cloudy
or rainy where you are doesn't mean it is where we are. We
seldom have to make last minute changes, but your pilot has the
authority to cancel a flight or change a route. In case of
forecast inclement weather, we'll call you to see if you want to
cancel or reschedule - either way, there's no charge.
Can I change
my flight when I get to the airport for my ride?
Our goal is to be a accommodating as possible. As long as
weather and time permits, you can upgrade your flight, add a
second passenger, or change airplane types as late as standing
on the flight-line.
What is your
If you have a scheduled flight - we require 48 hours notice or
you will be charged. If you have a guaranteed reservation and in
the event of weather, we get to make the decision. 30 years of
flying, we know what is fun and safe. If you decide not to come
out and we're flying, your flight will be treated as flown. T
hat's what a guaranteed reservation is all about; We promise
you'll have a seat on the plane and you promise to pay us for
making it available.
How safe is
Safe operation is our top priority. Always. For 30 years we have maintained a
perfect flying safety record and our aircraft are maintained to
meet the highest FAA maintenance standards.
Can I bring a
camera or camcorder?
Yes! But your camera MUST have a strap. A camera with a wide-angle or panoramic lens is best, but
even a throw-away camera will capture this unforgettable
camcorder is OK as long as it is one of the smaller handheld
Should I tip
Sure! And the pilots really appreciate it, but it is not
required. Many of our passengers are so thrilled by their
flight, they just can't refrain from showing their appreciation.
Do you give
We do discount the following...
- show us your Military ID and we shave 15% off the price.
Our humble way of showing some appreciation
for the HUGE DEBT of gratitude we and our Country owe our
- Keep your credit card & debit card in your wallet/purse!
instead and you'll receive a discount of
Discounts cannot be combined.
Do you offer
In a word - No. We do lots of events and we offer
exceptional service, meticulously maintained aircraft and
uber-talented, high-time pilots in type of aircraft. Guaranteed
a great experience for any occasion!! Because we know you expect
a high level of service from us, we do not offer discounts on
Do you donate rides?
Please see our guidelines under the Tab marked Ride Donation
with physical challenges fly with you?
Generally, yes. We've had folks with all sorts of challenges fly
with us. We would like to share the joy of flight with everyone,
so please give us a heads-up and be willing to work with us,
we'll do everything we can. Give us a call at 707-938-2444 to
discuss your needs. If we can figure out a way, we sure will.
Can I rent
your hangar for an event?
No. We provide hangar space for your flying event.
Add flying to your corporate or private
event and create an experience your guests/colleagues will be
talking about for a lifetime! Please click tab above marked Plan A
Flying Party for information. We do not rent hangar space for
non-flying events - so add open-cockpit biplane flying to the
occasion and find out what "the sky's the limit" really is!! The
best non-alcoholic buzz you'll ever get! Sorry, no weddings or
Flying events - 70% of the attendees
must participate in flying.
What is a flying
For large groups,
we reserve the date just for you, we close to the walk-in
public. Minimum of 20 flights, and 70% of the attendees must
fly. We can fly up to 60 people in one day. The star
attraction at our hangar parties is the airplane... and we
think you'll agree. You are welcome to bring food and drink,
we have tables and chairs.
Do you accept
certificates from 1800SKYRIDE?
- No! We do not!