- $149 for a 45-minute discovery flight for three people, up to 450 total pounds ($299 value)
Private flights depart from St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport. Soar over Tampa Bay, the coastline, and sights such as the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Guests also will get to experience what being a pilot is all about as they sit in the copilot's seat, hear air-traffic controllers, and even take control of the plane.
With a fleet that ranges from the low-key Cessna 150 and 172 to a multi-engine jet, the FAA-licensed pilots of Beach Aviation take to the skies for short jaunts and longer, flights. Discovery tours depart from nearby airports and cruise the wild, blue yonder along the coast, unveiling a bird’s-eye view of the local wildlife, downtown areas, and other picturesque scenery. Beach Aviation’s seasoned airmen also run instructional courses for aspiring pilots, teaching them the art of ascending, descending, and dodging territorial weather balloons.