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Greg M.
Merchant

My name is Greg Morris and I am the Chief Pilot at Gauntlet Warbirds. I will be checking on the discussion board all day between flights to answer questions about Gauntlet’s Groupon offering. Here are the answers to some questions people have asked in the past:
- Gauntlet has one T-6 and two Extra 300s.
- The T-6 and the Extra 300s are both aerobatic aircraft. The Extra can perform more maneuvers but the T-6 is extremely capable and can more than satisfy anybody going for a ride. The T-6 is also historic due to its service in WWII and Korea.
- The Extra 300 and T-6 both have two seats, one for the instructor pilot and another for the customer. Unfortunately we do not have any aircraft that can accommodate more than one customer at a time.
- The flights take place out of the Aurora Airport, which is about an hour west of downtown Chicago.
- The minimum age to fly is 18.
- Friends and family are welcome to sit in on the briefing for the flight and can see the takeoff and landing from the ramp.
- Gauntlet is open seven days a week by appointment. We do fly on weekends and our hours are from sunrise to sunset. The entire flight experience lasts about two hours including briefing, the flight itself, and debriefing.
- The weekend schedule fills up quickly. If you can only fly weekends call three to four weeks before a time that works for you and don’t wait until your Groupon is close to expiration. Weekday flights are typically easier to book with the exception of holidays.
- You can schedule your flight up to one month in advance. If a flight gets rescheduled due to weather or an aircraft maintenance issue then you can book up to six weeks in advance.
- You can also purchase a video of the flight if you like for $60. We record all of the flights for staff training and standardization purposes, so after the flight you will be able to review the video and decide if you would like to purchase it. The video comes on a USB flash drive.
Thanks,
Greg

Richard O.

This deal sounds great! I wish I could take advantage of it, but unfortunately my finances do not permit it at this time. I’ve already flown on a B-17, and I’d like to add to the number of historic planes I’ve flown on. The most tempting deal on Groupon yet!

Concetta C.

Hi Greg, I know it says must be 18 but I’m just making sure even as a “ride a-long” you have to be. My son who is beyond knowledgeable about WWII airplanes and history in general would love to be in one of these airplanes. I thought as his 12th birthday gift he would be out of his mind in excitement. He had a dream when he was 3 a very vivid dream that he was a pilot in a war and described in detail the airplane he was flying. Ok thank you for reading.

Stacy S.

I want to buy this for my dad, but he has a pacemaker difibrillator set. I was wondering if he would be ok to fly in the T-6?

Dan G.

I just took a ride in the T6 with Gauntlet yesterday (4Jun11) and it was simply an amazing experience. The facility, personnel, aircraft, and experience were all top notch. Greg and his team are very professional and super courteous. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone, let alone anyone with even a minor interest in flying, history, aerobatics, or warbirds. My father in law and I both took rides. My mother in law, my wife and our 2 young children all went out to Guantlet and all had a simply wonderful time.

Thank you Greg, Ed, and the entire staff at Gauntlet for an unforgettable experience. We will be back soon as I came here to purchase another ride.

Only sixteen here. Shame.

Greg M.
Merchant

Hi,

Unfortunately the minimum age for the rides is 18 due to liability considerations, I am sorry.

Stacy, I would suggest that your father coordinate with his doctor and get his approval before the flight. If you purchase the Groupon now and he can not fly due to medical reasons we will help you get a refund through Groupon.

Thanks,

Greg

Brenda C.

I bought this Groupon last year when it was offered and gave it to my husband as an Anniversary gift, and he was blown away by the experience. He’s a thrill seeker and LOVED every minute of it! The pilot was so nice and he was very thorough with the information given. If I didn’t have a deathly fear of heights I would’ve done it too :) If you’re into flying, you won’t regret this Groupon!

Dan R.
is the albatross a jet
Dan R.
how many Groupons are the limit ?
Dan R.

what is the maximum amount of Groupons that you are going to sell?

What is the weight limit for the T6?

Greg M.
Merchant

Hi Dan,

The L-39 Albatros is a jet, however due to FAA regulations we can’t offer rides in it to the general public (nor can any L-39 operator in the US legally). We can offer training to pilots however.

Each person can buy one Groupon in each aircraft type and can purchase two additional Groupons as gifts.

The caps are set to make sure that we can easily deliver all the flights.

I hope we can fly with you soon,

Greg

Greg M.
Merchant

Hi Brandie,

The weight limit for the T-6 is the same as the Extra 300 at 260 pounds.

Thanks,

Greg

Linnea C.

If my husband is 6’2 or 6’3, will he be able to still ride the plane?

Jill S.

I wanted to purchase the t-6 ride for Father’s Day but my husband is 6’3 and right at 260. Your website says 250 but the Groupon description says 260. I don’t want there to be any issues when he shows up.

Greg M.
Merchant

Hi Linnea,

Your husband will absolutely be able to fly in the T-6, and he may fit in the Extra 300. If he is on the border of 6’ 2" it is easier to fit in the Extra is somebody has long legs as opposed to a longer torso.

Have a great day,

Greg

Greg M.
Merchant

Hi Jill,

If your husband is 260 he will be ok in the T-6. Thanks for spotting that error on the web site, I will correct it now.

Thanks,

Greg

Beverly A.

Thanks Greg for being so prompt and diligent with your responses. We are visiting Chicago in August, from New Mexico. Staying downtown Chicago and using mass transit. Know if CTA has transportation from Chicago to Sugar Grove? Would someone be able to pick these 2 guys up at closest train/bus station?
Also, If we book flights for 2 people, can each go up concurrently in the 2 different planes?
My husband is prior B-52 and T28 flight instructor from VietNam era. Think he and a buddy would love doing this.
If someone has more extensive flight experience, does it open up more options for planes available?

Greg M.
Merchant

Hello Beverly,

Unfortunately there are no good public transit options to Sugar Grove, Metra is the closest and that drops you off in downtown Aurora. We don’t have a way to pick somebody up from the train station as there isn’t much time between booked flights for our instructors.

We have two Extra 300s and one T-6, so we can fly up to three people simultaneously. If a customer holds a pilot certificate then they can also fly in the L-39, it is $2,200 per hour, with a 40 minute flight available for $1,475.

Have a great evening,

Greg

wayne

is there a height restriction on the other plane? I’m 6’4" 215lbs.

Anne P.

Is this the old Lima Lima group out of aero estates in Naperville?

“complete with however many wingovers, tailslides, torque rolls, snap rolls, and maki rolls you prefer.”

Do and will both planes do this? Why is there such a price difference? What if the person is 280lbs. Or even 300lbs. Can you really not do it at this weight? How long are the videos kept? In the event we cant afford to purchase it at that time. What about still pictures? Do we take our own or are those supplied for a price also. Can we take our own?

Greg M.
Merchant

Hello Wayne,

There is no height restriction on the T-6.

Thanks,

Greg

Greg M.
Merchant

Hi Anne,

We are not associated with the Lima Lima flight team out of Naperville. They fly T-34s (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beechcraft_T-34_Mentor) which is a post WWII trainer used by the Air Force and Navy.

Thanks,

Greg

Greg M.
Merchant

Hi Lineblack,

Both aircraft are aerobatic, however the Extra 300 is capable of more advanced maneuvers than the T-6, if you are looking to do as many aerobatics as possible the Extra is the best choice. If you want to experience flying a World War II airplane then the T-6 is the best choice.

The price difference is due to the different operating expenses of each aircraft.

The 260 pound weight limit is driven by the certification of the parachutes, and is a firm limit. Is somebody is over this they will not be able to fly.

We do archive copies of the videos and keep them for a few months after the flight if you choose to purchase it later. Still cameras are not allowed in the aircraft, although you can take pictures before and after the flight.

Thanks,

Greg

Martin P.

I did this last year, 30-min on the Extra 300; it was was one of the best experiences of life. i recommend this groupon to everybody! I know I am buying another one, can’t wait to take up in the sky again!

I was hoping to get the T-6 ride for my Dad for father’s day, but sadly that deal is sold out. Could I get the Extra 300, then when we make the reservation, upgrade to the T-6? I would gladly pay the difference.

Greg M.
Merchant

Hello Brian,

Unfortunately we cannot upgrade the Extra 300 flight to the T-6, we capped the deal to make sure that we can easily deliver all of the flights that were sold. The Extra would also make a great gift for him though.

Thanks,

Greg

Robert C.

Last years groupon says 6ft4 for extra300 and I am 6ft3 and am taking ride next week. I am concerned cuz now height is 6ft2. I am long legged. I s this a problem?

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