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Pilots guide private planes over forests & mountains, downtown San Francisco and the Bay during up to 80-minute aerial tours

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Promotional value expires Dec 22, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 3 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Subject to weather and availability. Reservation required, must make reservation at least 24hrs in advance. 48hr cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price may apply. Must be 8 or older; under 18 must be accompanied by guardian. 540lb combined weight max. Must sign waiver. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Minimum of 2 passengers per flight tour; maximum of 3 passengers per flight tour. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Flying is the only way to get close enough to a cloud to milk it or to visit your secret sky family. Break free from earthly bonds with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

$125 for a Pacific sky tour (a $218 value)

  • 35-minute flight over the coast (a $189 value)
  • High-resolution digital photo from the flight (a $29 value)

Planes depart San Carlos Airport at any time of day to begin their flight over Crystal Springs Reservoir. They soar over the picturesque Half Moon Bay town and turn south to follow the Pacific coast and its towering cliffs. On the return leg, pilots turn inland to fly over Woodside's redwood forests.

$175 for an ultimate sky tour (a $298 value)

  • 80-minute flight over cities and coastline (a $269 value)
  • High-resolution digital photo from the flight (a $29 value)

Pilots steer their private planes south toward Silicon Valley, gliding over Stanford University and Saratoga hills. After crossing over Calaveras Reservoir and slowing down to pet the heads of hikers atop Mission Peak, they move toward the San Francisco skyline. Passengers can gaze out on views of downtown, Sausalito, and the Golden Gate Bridge as the plane continues along the shore coast to Pacifica. Planes then follow the same route as the Pacific flight before returning to the airport.

There is a minimum of two people and a maximum of three people per flight.

Fly Bay Area

With more than 15 years of flying experience, Fly Bay Area creates tours and courses that are designed to bring recreational flying to the general public. They've recently expanded their services to include flight instruction and aircraft rental for budding and experienced pilots. Students can sign up for comprehensive and structured flight courses that count towards a Private Pilot, Instrument Rating, or Commercial Pilot Certificate. Alternatively, participants on Fly Bay Area's tours can choose to see the Peninsula, Pacific Coast/Half Moon Bay, San Francisco & Golden Gate, or the Ultimate SkyTour all around the Bay Area—but instead of exploring each up-close, they view them from around 1,500 feet in the air. Experienced pilots steer four-seat, single-engine planes over the San Francisco Peninsula and Bay, across sweeping redwood forests and the Pacific coast, during sky tours at any time of day. The FAA-approved air-tour company also lets passengers helm the plane's controls on U-Fly tours. During these flights, wannabe pilots can perform basic flight maneuvers and make airplane noises with their mouths, eschewing the extra technical and theoretical lessons required by pilot-training programs. On any flight, staff members can snap high-resolution digital photographs or high-definition videos that document moments of the customer's in-flight experience.

Customer Reviews

This was a great experience. Garrett was our pilot and is very knowledgeable and experienced. We upgraded to the U-Fly and Garrett made us feel confident as if we had been flying at the controls for several years, not just for the first time.
Eric W. · August 5, 2013
It was wonderful! The weather was really good and sunny and we expanded our flight to San Francisco (Golden Gate) package (highly recommend). Manager and our pilot were really cool and helpful. Thank you, Fly Bay Area! I will definitely recommend you to all my friends and someday I'll take my mom for a flight!
Oleksandra K. · 4 days ago
Definitely worth upgrading to the golden gate package. We had an amazing time! Todd was the pilot on board with us. Overall great experience.
Erin H. · April 10, 2017
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    San Carlos

    620 Airport Dr.

    San Carlos, California 94070

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