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You may find it interesting to know that Tom Sanders (Paradise Air’s co-owner) has been coordinating skydiving, hang gliding and BASE jumping stunts for over 30 years with a perfect safety record. You can see a sample of some of Tom’s projects here. We believe that safety is no accident, and, in fact, it’s our #1 priority.
Glasses or contact lenses are fine. If you want to wear sunglasses during your flight, we recommend NON-polarized lenses to reduce interference with the plastic visor. Also, be sure to wear secure shoes. Sandals are fine as long as they have a back strap and are secure on your feet. Sorry, no slippahs (thong-type shoes) or slip-on shoes.
You are always welcome to call us if you have questions about the weather, but don’t let rain at your point of departure get you down. It’s likely totally different at the airfield. If the weather looks unflyable, our pilots will make every effort to contact you before you head out.
For that reason, it’s extremely important that you have your cell phone CHARGED, ON, and WITH YOU for the 18 hours before your scheduled flight time.
We also recommend giving us a backup phone number for somebody in your party in case we are unable to reach you directly. In the unlikely event that we do have to cancel, we'll do our very best to work with your schedule to come back out.
Each of our aircraft is equipped with a BRS ballistically-deployed parachute as an added safety measure.
Eat a light breakfast or snack before your flight. Let your pilot know if you are prone to motion sickness. We have motion sickness bands for your wrist and ginger on hand (remember your mom giving you ginger ale when you were a kid and had an upset stomach?)
These little birds clock in at $75,000 apiece. They look like whimsical little ultralights, but they actually are "real aircraft". That means we can fly them into Honolulu Airport (and we do sometimes because it's fun to mess with the controllers) and we can fly them inter-island (we do that too because it's fun!). Most people totally underestimate just how capable these little aircraft really are. Our fleet of two AirBorne trikes are each powered by a 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, 912 cc, 80 hp Rotax aircraft engine. This is the most popular engine being put in Light Sport Aircraft worldwide and its reliability is unmatched. We cruise at about 70 mph and have 3 different lengths of flight lessons from which to choose (more on the difference between a ride and a flight lesson below).
No cameras, cell phones, or anything loose in your hands are allowed on board. The reason is that we will be cruising around at 70 mph in an open cockpit with the engine and propeller directly behind us. If anything were to come loose, it would go right thru the prop. So for safety reasons, we are very strict on this rule.
Cost is $65 for all the hi-res digital photos we can shoot, $65 for video with audio (Blu-Ray or Standard DVD), and $95 for both. You'll have the opportunity to view your flight's photos and video back in the hangar and decide what you'd like to take home with you.
Our custom photo and video systems are the brainchild of Tom Sanders, the co-owner of Paradise Air. More can be found out about Tom’s amazing work by clicking here.)
We still prefer to use "real cameras" (aka SLR still cameras and professional video cameras with audio inputs and large sensors both paired with big, fat, heavy, expensive, nice wide angle lenses) BUT we've outfitted one trike with an additional GoPro mount. So if you want us to mount YOUR GoPro on OUR rotating mount, we will, but there's the catch..... you have to commit to purchasing our photos+video package (retails for $95) AND pay $10 for us to mount your GoPro. So basically for $105 total, you'll get a whole slew of hi-res digital still photos shot with our wing mounted SLR camera, gorgeous hi-def video with audio of the entire flight shot with our wing mounted video camera, a free Paradise Air men's or women's t-shirt of your choice AND photos or video (your choice) of your entire flight shot on your GoPro camera. We'll rotate the camera during the flight and be sure to capture quite a few different angles. If you think $105 for all this is highway robbery, try asking the local skydiving centers who charge $230 for their photo and video package if you can bring your GoPro on a skydive.....
Also, please come with your GoPro ready to mount. We waste so much precious time each morning with folks running back to their car to get their extra battery or a SD card. Please arrive with a fully charged battery, a card with enough room on it, and your GoPro in it's case and ready to mount. The open backed cases are better than the waterproof sealed ones, but if that's all you have, we've had really good luck with them so far not fogging up. Moisture absorbing sticks are also a good idea if you have the waterproof sealed case.
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED!
If you just show up in the morning, we'll either be out flying or in between flights. Either way, we're pretty busy giving our world-renowned, unmatched super-amazing customer service to those who are already scheduled to fly with us. Please call us at 808-497-6033 to make your reservation. When you call, we'll take down the names and weights of the flyers, a contact phone number, an email address so we can send you a confirmation email, and a credit card number so we can be sure you remember to set your alarm clock the night before. We do not charge or put a hold on your credit card ahead of time and you can change your payment method to cash or a different credit card on the day of your flight.
Sometimes folks like to drop by to check out the aircraft, meet us, or just talk story. It's all good.... we're happy to meet with you and show you the aircraft before your flight with us when we're not with other customers. If you'd like to come out and say aloha to us, please consider calling ahead and letting us know. We'll let you know what time we'll be done flying on the day you want to come out so you can see the aircraft (before we cover them up for the day) and also not intrude on our last customer's departure. With no other customers around it's great.... then we can give YOU 100% of our attention :)
If you're an immediate satisfaction, gotta have a ressie right now kind of person, just call us at 808-497-6033.
If you're contacting us from another country, time zone, or universe and calling is difficult, then please use our reservation request email.
We have 11,000 hours and 14 years flying trikes in Hawaii..... all with a perfect safety record. Yeah, we're a little proud of that :)
We only purchase new equipment so we know who's handled it and our fleet of trikes are the newest in the state.
Instead of asking us "Can I save $20?" You should be asking:
How many hours do you have flying?
How many years have you been in business?
Are you using used equipment?
Have you ever had an emergency?
We have been flying trikes professionally and full time since 2003; our competitor opened in 2015. We know what it takes to keep equipment updated and working perfectly.
No we are not willing to match our competitor's slightly cheaper price. We believe safety should never be on the discount rack.
Yes there is a bus system and no it will not take you to us. The Bus only costs $2.50 but takes over 2 hours to get up here and unfortunately stops 5 miles short of our airfield. By far, most of our customers rent a car and drive to our location.
On a little side note, we recommend you plan to fly with us early in your trip for a couple of reasons. For those traveling from the US Mainland to Hawaii, you'll likely crash... I mean, fall asleep at your hotel just after the sun goes down on your first day here because to you, it will feel like "Mainland-Time", meaning your body will think it's later than it is. Then, on your first few mornings here you'll wake up really early. Since we tend to fly mornings, you will find it easier to wake up early on one of your first days here in Hawaii. Booking on one of your first days here also gives you more options for rescheduling if, on the off-chance, Mother Nature is grumpy on the day you are scheduled to fly with us. Just my 2 cents after scheduling folks for over 10 years, flying early in your trip (if you are able) makes the most sense.
How long it takes depends on how often you fly and if Mother Nature is on board with your flight training plan. Tom and I learned in about a month. We flew almost every day and Mother Nature was kind to us for the entire month of September in 2003.
•Kaneohe/Kailua – 1 hour from the time you get on the H-3
•Ko’olina – 1 hour (no traffic) and 1 hour 10 minutes (with traffic)
•Makaha/Waianae – 1 hour and 30 minutes (no traffic)
• Hawaii Kai – 1 hour 30 minutes (no traffic), 1 hour 45 mins (with traffic)
• Turtle Bay – 45 Minutes
• Kahuku and Laie – 1 hour
• Haleiwa – 15 Minutes
From anywhere on the island, the drive is very pretty! Enjoy!!
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X = Length of flight
Y = Total Time we'll have you and
Z = Number of flyers in your group
IF Z is 1 or 2, THEN Y = 30 mins + X + 30 mins (see note)
IF Z is 3 or 4, THEN Y = 30 mins + (X * 2) + 45 mins (see note)
IF Z is 5 or 6, THEN Y = 30 mins + (X * 3) + 60 mins (see note)
IF Z is 7 or 8 (I can't believe you're still reading this!), THEN Y = 30 mins + (X * 4) + 75 mins (see note)
(note: all times are approximate and possibly even inaccurate and do not take into account Mother Nature's moodiness, random strangers stopping by, random friends stopping by, random animals stopping by, excessive picture taking, overly-chatty, super-inquisitive family members, or coffee pot emergencies).