Airplanes are thrilling and majestic to ride in, especially when they’re shredding through vengeful, murderous clouds. Be a vapor gaper with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $299 for a one-way flight to Catalina Island for two people (a $645 value)
- $569 for a round-trip flight to Catalina Island for two people (up to a $1,290 value)<p>
The 30-minute chartered flights from Fullerton Airport to Catalina Island place passengers in the open cockpit of a vintage-inspired Waco YMF-5 biplane. During the flight, the pilot will take the plane past the Queen Mary and Long Beach Harbor and circle around half of Catalina Island before landing. For the round-trip option, customers can choose to meet up with the pilot at around 5 p.m. that evening to fly back to Fullerton Airport or stay the night and fly home the following day. This Groupon does not include the cost of any overnight accommodations for the round-trip option.
Michael "Rocket" Blackstone was born into a family of pilots, and he began flying with his father at age 8. Now with 25 years of experience and 14,000 hours of logged flight time, Michael chooses to share his passion for flying with novice aviators and eager thrill seekers, taking them into the skies in one of four stunt aircraft, including a vintage-inspired, open-cockpit biplane.
After a brief safety talk on the ground, he and his pilots use these planes to take customers on adrenaline-pumping thrill rides, as seen on Eye on L.A.. These flights crisscross the skies over the California coastline, reaching speeds of up to 250 miles per hour. Passengers can even take the stick after takeoff, regardless of their experience level, and help the pilot guide the plane through basic aerobatic maneuvers, such as performing a loop, taking it into a roll, and skywriting a knock-knock joke within sight of downtown.
Michael and his pilots also lead flight-training sessions that teach students the basics of aerobatics over the course of several skyward outings with pre- and post-flight briefings. For a more tranquil excursion, they fly sightseeing tours of downtown Los Angeles or Long Beach Harbor and take passengers on chartered flights to Catalina Island.