Shared experiences………….Lasting memories

I receive questions almost daily about different aspects of our Bi-Plane Adventures.  I do my best to convey the most accurate and helpful answers to each unique question.  Through our website, which is overflowing with helpful information including the history of our aircraft, our impeccable safety record, and the variety of flight options we offer, most of those questions are answered.

It can be very difficult sometimes to accurately describe to people just what it is like to fly in a convertible that just also happens to be a piece of history.  Many of our customers say it best (check out the comments on the Customer Review page).  I just love taking someone up that is a little apprehensive about the whole thing to start, and bringing them back with a changed perspective after a new and eye-opening experience.  Many people tell us it is the most fun they have EVER had!  (Now you know why I like my job so much!)  Taking your kids up to share this is perhaps the most fun of all!  Have a look at our Video above.  I took up my 7 year old daughter (Dani) and she has flown with me many times in a number of different aircraft  She was nervous about the “yellow airplane” because she knows that it does flips.  She wanted no part of that.  But during the 4-minute video, she is transformed and you can see it on her face!  She and I will remember it forever.

 

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There’s really nothing quite like open-cockpit flying.  It is the ultimate in sensory stimulation.  You’ve got the crisp wind in your face, the sound of a radial engine humming in your ears, the cool breeze flowing through your fingertips at 75 miles per hour, and spectacular views ranging from the skyline of downtown Atlanta to the natural beauty and rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  All that, coupled with someone special sharing the experience right next to you, makes for a truly amazing occasion.

I think most of us have enough electronics and gadgets, and they will likely be replaced two years from now anyway.  Telling you that taking a biplane ride for two is better than any of that might sound self-serving (and it is), but you don’t want to miss out! 

Lee Kluger

Bi-Plane Adventures, Inc.

Fulfilling the Wish of a Lifetime

Over the last almost 18 years I have had the distinct pleasure of sharing my passion for flight, in particular, the type where you can feel the wind in your hair.

After almost 13,000 wonderful flights I thought I’d seen it all. But a few weeks back I had the chance to meet someone that once again reminded me that I am a very lucky man.

An  organization called Wish of a Lifetime contacted me about a lady in Roswell, Georgia that had the wish to fly one more time in an open cockpit biplane.

You see, 97-year-old Vilma Hofer was the first female solo pilot in Slovakia in the 1930s. And after all these years she still had a strong passion for flying. So even though I was concerned about getting her safely in the aircraft, the day arrived and it was great.

velma_hoferVilma had her wish, and enjoyed it sitting beside her devoted son, Hugh.  I’m so honored that I was able to help make her wish a reality. 

Her happiness was palpable, her beautiful blue eyes were smiling. Even though Vilma suffered from dementia, when you looked into her eyes after our flight, she was right there enjoying her passion in life.

After the flight, Vilma was interviewed by several media outlets.  When asked how the flight made her feel, in her whisper of a voice, she said “it gave me my life back!”  She was a true inspiration.

For the nine days following her flight, Vilma had her life back.

Vilma passed away peacefully on Monday, September 9, 2013.