Companies in the flight adventure industry-also known as the “aviation adventure industry”-specialize in offering non-licensed pilots the opportunity to pilot a high performance fighter plane while an experienced fighter pilot serves as their copilot. Generally, adventure flight companies offer two kinds of flight packages: packages that replicate what it feels like to fly in an air show and packages that concentrate on simulating air combat USA military style. Ideal for military enthusiasts and aircraft aficionados, the industry’s offerings also appeal to the broader public. According to the industry’s pilots, students, business groups, married couples, thrill seekers and even senior citizens are attracted to adventure flight. As long as you’re 6’6″ or less, weigh 240 or less pounds and are free of serious health conditions, you can take an adventure flight.
When you choose an air show adventure, you’ll take to the sky in the world’s highest performance all category aircraft, the Extra 300L. Known for its extreme versatility and ability to perform even the most complex aerobatic maneuvers with ease, the Extra 300L allows you to execute all of those gravity defying maneuvers that you’ve seen at air shows over the years, such as loops, hammerheads, cuban eights, tail slides, torque rolls, accelerated flat spins, inverted spins, outside loops, tumbles, lomcevaks and knife-edge spins. And to top it all off, you have the option of the Extra 300L emitting smoke steams as you pull off the maneuvers.
As you peruse the industry’s air show packages online, you’ll find that you can pilot the plane yourself or have the fighter pilot execute the maneuvers as you sit back and enjoy the flight. However, when you choose a military flight adventure the expectation is that you’ll be piloting the plane.
Military flight packages range from packages that allow you to perform military tactical maneuvers to packages that provide for all out war games complete with adversary aircraft. Thus, if you want to know what air-to-air combat feels like, it’s wise to choose the latter. When you participate in the war games, you’ll be aiming a real gun sight at enemy air craft and firing simulated machine gun bullets to the sound of authentic gunfire, all while carrying out incredible tactical maneuvers, such as the high speed, low altitude fly by.
For those who can’t decide between air show and military flight and want to combine both in the same flight packages, most companies offer combo packages that can be tailored to meet your needs. The industry’s flight packages come in a variety of prices and durations, beginning with single day, single flight packages that start at less than $500 and multi-day, multi-flight packages that rarely exceed $3,900. To most of us, that sounds like a lot of money. But when you consider that the average vacation costs around 2,000 and doesn’t include anything as exciting as piloting a fighter plane, the prices can begin to seem rather appealing.