Hampton Roads Air Tours delights passengers with overhead views of ships drifting in and out of Norfolk's downtown harbor; the centuries-old foundations of the Jamestown Settlement; the lighthouses of Cape Henry; and a sprawling patchwork quilt of lakes, forests, and meadowlands. The company's pilots helm small, wide-windowed planes to grant passengers this unique aerial perspective on day and night tours. They fly passengers over natural landscapes and cities by day and over Norfolk after sunset when the city lights blink to life. Their seasonal flights fill hearts with wonder as guests witness yuletide light displays or a giant cupid scaling a skyscraper with his betrothed. During aerial-photography flights, pilots provide riders with full open-window access for shooting personal, artistic, and business-related projects.
The professional flight instructors of Curtis Eads Flight School prep students for the FAA written exam and flight practical test through ground school classes as well as in-flight lessons. In addition, they offer scenic flights over Virginia Beach, downtown Norfolk, and the James River as well as aircraft rentals for licensed pilots.
Atop the Victory Rover, guests absorb the oceanic sights and sounds of the naval base, replete with aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines, and other armada accouterments illuminated by a boat-top docent. Up to 149 guests can feast eyes on the gentle waves of the Elizabeth River and Hampton Roads Harbor as their buoyant steed maneuvers past huge commercial ships and giant rubber duckies. On two-hour tours scheduled almost daily, the Victory Rover traverses a cruise route that takes history buffs past the site of the Civil War Battle of the Ironclads and mythology buffs past Poseidon’s watery front lawn. A main cabin stocked with plush seats and air conditioning offers respite from the salty breezes and talkative parrots of the otherwise comfortable open-air top deck.