FLIGHT LESSON IN OPEN COCKPIT BIPLANE

Mesa, United States

Experience hosted by Craig

60 mins, Hosted in 11 languages
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 1 person
Includes drinks and equipment

What you'll do

After pausing a year for Covid, we're finally back due to popular demand. We've also moved our biplane flight lesson to historic Falcon Field in Mesa, AZ. In this experience you will be exposed to flying in open cockpit biplane (Stearman) over the beautiful mountains, northeast of Mesa. The Stearman was used as a primary training airplane for most of the pilots during WWII, so you will be learning in an authentic piece of history. There are only 2 seats in the plane, one for you and one for me. We'll start with a pre-flight inspection followed by an explanation of the radios and controls. We can fly smooth and level if you like, or we can add in some more energetic maneuvers for those that desire a more thrilling experience. You will be invited to take the controls as part of the lesson. From engine start to return will take approximately 30 minutes.

This is a unique experience where you will be exposed to the same type of training that the "Greatest Generation" did during World War II. Flying and training in the Stearman is like traveling back in time nearly 80 years. This experience would certainly make a most memorable gift for birthdays, weddings, holidays, anniversaries, graduations, or "just because". It's also a great gift for the pilot who has everything. A Hold Harmless agreement will need to be signed before flying.
After pausing a year for Covid, we're finally back due to popular demand. We've also moved our biplane flight lesson to historic Falcon Field in Mesa, AZ. In this experience you will be exposed to flying in open cockpit biplane (Stearman) over the beautiful mountains, northeast of Mesa. The Stearman was used as a primary training airplane for most of the pilots during WWII, so you will be learning in an authentic piece of history. There are only…

What's included

  • Drinks
    Water, soft drinks, or energy drinks
  • Equipment
    Aviation Headset

Meet your host, Craig

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 524 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I'm an FAA Certificated Flight Instructor with over 2500 hours of experience flying antique airplanes. I have a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering and spent 38 years developing rocket engines for NASA and the military. I've also been a pilot for the Commemorative Air Force and have participated in the construction of many different homebuilt airplanes over the years. I'm passionate about flying my open cockpit biplane around Arizona's spectacular scenery, and look forward to sharing this experience with you.
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Tue, 3 Aug
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7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
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Wed, 4 Aug
$256 per person
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
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Wed, 4 Aug
$256 per person
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
$256 per person

Where you'll be

This Experience takes place at historic Falcon Field which was used during WWII to teach Royal Air Force cadets from England. My hangar is located in the NW corner of the airport.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 524 reviews.

Jeff
July 2021
This experience is a must do Craig was very informative on how he started with the aircraft all through the history of the plane. I would definitely recommend this is a 10 out of 10 I would do this experience again just because I had a great time with Craig and his airplane. Thanks Jeff McLaughlin
This experience is a must do Craig was very informative on how he started with the aircraft all through the history of the plane. I would definitely recommend this is a 10 out of 1…
Jazmin
July 2021
This is a one of a kind experience. We felt lucky to have spent this hour with Craig learning about his life, his aircraft, and flight in general. Whether your a seasoned pilot or a first time flyer, don’t hesitate for a second to do this experience, you won’t regret it!
This is a one of a kind experience. We felt lucky to have spent this hour with Craig learning about his life, his aircraft, and flight in general. Whether your a seasoned pilot or…
Rajat
July 2021
This was a great experience. Craig is very patient and thorough. He lets you control the plane and encourages you the whole time. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Will certainly recommend to friends and family.
Robert
July 2021
Stop thinking about it and just schedule it. On my original scheduled day it was forecasted to rain, so after contacting me, Craig rescheduled me onto a different day and time that he normally did not fly, just to fit me in before we left the state. During the flight he asked if I wanted to do certain acts before he did them to make sure I was cool with it. Awesome experience and even more awesome instructor. You can tell he was passionate about it. He does not have a 5 star rating by accident.
Stop thinking about it and just schedule it. On my original scheduled day it was forecasted to rain, so after contacting me, Craig rescheduled me onto a different day and time that…
Katie
July 2021
Amazing experience! I highly recommend! Craig is fantastic and was an incredible instructor. He is knowledgeable, friendly, and I felt comfortable and safe the entire time! Just book it!
Jessica
July 2021
This experience is one of my favorites. Exhilarating, professional, fun, educational. Both Craig and this plane are true treasures. He gives a detailed history of the plane, the restoration, his inspiration, and the passion for what he does... I highly recommend booking with Craig. 🥰😇
This experience is one of my favorites. Exhilarating, professional, fun, educational. Both Craig and this plane are true treasures. He gives a detailed history of the plane, the r…

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    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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  • Thu, 5 Aug
    7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
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  • Thu, 5 Aug
    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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  • Fri, 6 Aug
    8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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  • Sat, 7 Aug
    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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  • Tue, 10 Aug
    7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 1 guest ages 12 and up can attend.

What to bring

You should wear comfortable clothes with closed toe shoes. Bring a light jacket if the temperature is less than 75F (24C).