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Sonoma Valley Scenic Biplane Ride

Sonoma, CA

From: $175
Item #: AIR-SFR-0007
Don your flying helmet, slide into a 1941 World War II open cockpit biplane and prepare to soar over the vineyards and rolling hills of the Sonoma Valley.
  • Pilots have been flying for more than 85 years combined
  • You get shotgun in this vintage biplane
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of fields and vineyards while you fly across them only hundreds of feet in the air
  • An aviation adventure to remember!

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Summary
Don your flying helmet, slide into a 1941 World War II open cockpit biplane and prepare to soar over the vineyards and rolling hills of the Sonoma Valley.
  • Pilots have been flying for more than 85 years combined
  • You get shotgun in this vintage biplane
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of fields and vineyards while you fly across them only hundreds of feet in the air
  • An aviation adventure to remember!
Location
Sonoma Valley Airport - Sonoma, CA
When Do I Choose A Date?
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Availability:

Year-Round:
Saturdays and Sundays
*Booking times are on a walk-in basis available from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM

April through Early-November:
Thursdays and Fridays - 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Booking Information
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 7 days in advance.

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The chocks are away, you hear the huge radial engine roar and you are rolling down the runway to the sights, sounds and smells of a once in a lifetime aviation experience.

Let the wind blow through your hair as you sit back and enjoy this nostalgic return to a bygone era of romance and excitement where you'll even get to wear a leather flying helmet and goggles!

The 20-minute flight takes you over the breathtaking fields and vineyards of Sonoma and the Napa Valley where, from just a few hundred feet above the ground, you can appreciate the rolling hills and acres of green pastures.

The 40-minute flight offers 3 scenic routes (weather dependent):

  • The Wine Country Tour - catch an eagle's view of a world renowned vineyards of the Sonoma and Napa valleys, heading east across the bucolic Cameros region to Napa, turn north to St. Helena, west to Glen Ellen the back south through the lush Sonoma Valley
  • West to the Pacific - fly over rolling hills and open pastures of Sonoma, Novato, and Petaluma, then head out to the Tomales Bay and absorb the majestic magnificence of the Pacific Ocean
  • Spires of the City - drift south towards San Francisco, enjoying a panoramic outlook of the Sausalito and Tiburon Harbors, outlying views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands, the circle Mt. Tamalpais en route to Point Reyes and your safe Sonoma return

Step back into history and enjoy a memorable day of flying over the stunning Northern California countryside!

The Aircraft
The Boeing PT-17 Stearman is the first aircraft a cadet would fly during flight training prior to and during World War II. Known for its stability and strength, the Stearman was a reliable primary trainer and remains a popular classic today.

Your 1941 Stearman has been modified to accommodate 2 people in the front cockpit. The seat is 32 inches across so the seating is cozy.

Essential Information
  • Participants must be at least 48 inches tall and children under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please note the front passenger cockpit is only 32 inch bench seat, so fitting 2 passengers is very cozy
  • Due to the volatility of fuel costs, passengers may be subject to a surcharge of up to $25
Duration
20 or 40 minutes of flight time, depending on the option selected.
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Maximum Participants
1-2 per plane, depending on the option selected
Spectators
There is a picnic area for family and friends to watch the take-off and landing.
Weather Dependent
This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What To Wear
Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for weather conditions. We recommend dressing in layers and avoiding windbreakers as they tend to fill with air. A cloth flying helmet and ear plugs are provided. If you would like to take a camera on board, please make sure it has a strap (leash) to secure around your wrist or neck.
Booking Information
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 7 days in advance.
Cancellation Policy

Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, no refunds will be given. Rescheduling is allowed up to 72 hours prior to your experience, failure to appear on your booked date or to reschedule at least 72 hours prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience. In the event your experience is canceled due to inclement weather you will reschedule your experience directly with your experience provider.

Can I take control of the airplane?
No, your job is to sit back and enjoy the view. All the passenger cockpit controls have been removed to safely accommodate 2 passengers.
Are the airplanes heated?
No, these are circa 1940's aircraft, the real deal!
Is is safe?
Safety is always a priority. For 30 years they have maintained a perfect flying safety record and each aircraft is maintained to meet the highest FAA maintenance standards.
Can I bring a camera or camcorder?
Yes! But your camera MUST have a strap. A camera with a wide angle or panoramic lens is best, but even a throw away camera will capture this unforgettable experience. A camcorder is ok as long as it is one of the smaller hand held types.
What if my flight is cancelled for weather?
Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions. If your flight is cancelled for weather, you will reschedule directly with the pilot. 
This experience has a customer rating of 5
based on 11 reviews.
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Wonderful - first time in biplane
All staff was very friendly and helpful. The pilot was excellent and we felt completely secure during our amazing flight! The plane was gorgeous and the views were spectacular!
great fun!!
Response from Cloud 9 Living
Hi Brendan! We are very happy to hear you had so much fun and hope we will be seeing you back again soon! Best, Kelsey
The staff was very nice and friendly.
We had a wonderful experience. The weather was perfect and so was our flight. Everyone we met was helpful, friendly and professional. The flight company is the best.
We had a wonderful time! The pilot and the attendant got us all set up and strapped in to the vintage biplane! We took off and had an amazing tour over to the coast from Sonoma, and the whole Sonoma and Napa Valleys! The weather was perfect, and we would recommend this experience to anyone!!
We had such a wonderful time and we were excited to try the aerobatics. The pilot and staff at the airport were friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and kept us feeling so safe. Flying around the wine country in an open cockpit biplane was beyond our wildest dreams and soooo cool. I can't wait to do this again. The aerobatics were very smooth and just felt so easy to enjoy. I wish I had been taking pictures at this part of the flight; Next Time! I would also like to fly in the T6 Texan. Oh! The P40 also. Thank you so much for this great experience.
I really enjoyed this. I overall, the experience was amazing...from ordering, booking, and eventually flying, I can't express enough how satisfied I was with this. The pilot and his wife are great people...very friendly. I highly recommend this to anyone with a love of vintage aircraft!
It was a fun experience , would do this again
It was a childhood dream to fly in a biplane. I used to build WWI model airplanes. My son knew this and had the money to make this dream come true. I have but only one regret... I knew I didn't want to do loops and barrel -rolls, but I would have liked to do something other than just cruise. It almost felt like a flight simulator. I couldn't communicate with the pilot, once in flight, so I had no way to let him know I wanted to do a few mild maneuvers. Oh well,,, maybe next time?
wonderful calm, smooth, great fun
Response from Cloud 9 Living
Hey Patrick, we're happy to hear you had a great time! We hope to see you back again soon for more adventures. Regards, Cloud 9 Living Team

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