Nicole Vandelaar's tours can cover a lot of ground quickly. While one moment she might be gesturing at the endless tide of waves crashing into Waikiki Beach, the next she could be sneaking her clients a glimpse of Sacred Falls' 80-foot plume of mist, nearly 30 miles away. This is because Nicole ferries passengers all over Oahu in her panoramically windowed helicopter during a variety of tours, treating them to sweeping vistas, picturesque sights, and the sense of total superiority that comes with being able to look down on penthouse suites.
If you're seeking a fabulous vacation destination in Honolulu, look no further than George's Aviation Services.
Guests will appreciate the nearby parking options, especially when they need to load and unload their car.
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Brands Used: Davis programs
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Barbers Point Flight School's instructors are airline pilots who share a common goal: to help their students and tour groups discover the joys of flight. Propellers roaring, their Cessna aircraft soar above Oahu during demo flights, which mark the first step toward FAA certification. Students can also enroll in personalized training courses covering subjects such as turbine engines and long-range navigation.
As the third largest Hawaiian Island, Oahu provides a sprawling backdrop for the flight school's tours and lessons. Passengers can look out over the towering cityscapes of Honolulu and the winding coastlines of Mamala Bay before returning safely back to Earth. Back on the ground, Barbers Point Flight School visitors can explore the onsite NAS museum sprinkled with decommissioned fighter jets and fossilized airline meals.
Honolulu’s azure beaches and lush mountain ranges beckon eyes downward as passengers team up with a commercially rated and FAA-certified pilot to cut through the air on glider tours offered year-round. Seated snugly in a bubble-topped glider plane, passengers and pilots survey panoramic views from up to 3,000 feet above the island's famously scenic North Shore. Surfers wave from the surging whitecaps far below and, on clear days, one can view distant landmarks such as the Kaena Point satellite-tracking station, the volcanic tuff cone known as Diamond Head, and the lava dam that stands between Honolulu and certain destruction. Known for their aerobatic prowess, pilots sometimes offer upside-down views of these and other sights as they guide their gliders through a series of loops and turns. A team of technicians tends to gliders and tow planes as soon as they land, ensuring that each remains safe and ready for the next flight.
Fly Hawaii Paragliding School has been accident free for more than three decades, and that's not just a coincidence. The chief instructor has logged more than 1,500 hours of air time over the years and has taught hundreds of students to fly paragliders. He's even earned clearances for cliff and cross-country takeoffs as well as for flying in turbulence. With all that experience under their belt, the school helps both beginning and advanced students have the best paragliding experience possible. His excursions take participants soaring over breathtaking island locales such as Mauna Kea, Pu'u Loa Crater, and Big Sur, always landing safely and always making local ostriches jealous.