Our plane just passed its FAA annual inspection with flying colors [no pun intended] and is all serviced and ready for the 2021 flying season. We will be gone from home base more Saturdays this year flying at events with the Commemorative Air Force around the area but will still offer our popular Saturday "walk-up" rides when we're in town. Pre-booking your flight is recommended so you're not disappointed and can schedule the time and ride you want. However, you are welcome to come out on the spur of the moment if you'd like, and we can usually accommodate you. Rides during the week may always be scheduled from this website.
Our thanks to everyone who participated in our most unusual season yet. We overcame the challenges presented by COVID and the cancellation of every airshow we were scheduled to appear in! However, teaming up with the Capital Wing of the Commemorative Air Force and reaching out to the greater Fredericksburg community, we flew just under 200 rides for a new season record! The Stearman is looking forward to some well-deserved down time now but looks forward to seeing you all next Spring.
Time is short to bid on the FLVG Veterans Day flyover. 100% of your bid goes to Vet Charities! You are bidding on a ride in the front seat of our open-cockpit biplane for the opening ceremony flyover. Smoke on as we fly over Fawn Lake!
Fall colors are beginning to pop. Temperatures are near perfect. Bring your camera and experience the gorgeous VA Fall carpet from an aerial perspective as never before.
Unfortunately it looks like the weather will cancel the planned Arsenal of Democracy Flyover of DC this year. However, those lucky people who took a VIP ride this past week were treated to a sight of all the planes in town for the event while they were parked at the ramp. Here are a few pictures we took as we got up close and personal.
We flew a record 26 rides last weekend (Aug 22-23) at Richmond's Hanover Airport! One passenger summed it up well... "The weather was great, the plane was wonderful and the pilot was excellent." Hoping to go for a new record this weekend at Culpeper.
We'll be on the road for the next three weekends thru Labor Day (Aug 22-Sep 7) flying local airshows at Richmond's Hanover Airport and Culpeper Airport with the Commemorative Air Force. But we are still available for rides during the week by appointment. Been a very busy year so far. This is prime flying season now, so come on out and fly.
July 11 we'll be at Culpeper Airport for the Capital Wing Commemorative Air Force Warbird Showcase. Come see the only pair of U.S. Coast Guard warbirds in the USA flying together. Should be back in town the following weekend for our regular Saturday "walk-up" rides.
Helmet & Goggles Biplane Rides is resuming all flights. The open-cockpit provides ideal social-distancing, and safe-practices are being employed. Father's Day Gift Certificates are available for all our rides. And we have just added an HD video option for your ride!
The COVID pandemic has certainly thrown everyone a curveball. Airshows are canceled, businesses are shut down, and social-distancing guidelines are in place. Helmet & Goggles is looking forward to resuming flying rides as soon as we reasonably can. When the time comes, be assured that appropriate protocols will be in place for everyone's well-being.