1. What does a ride cost?
Rides are currently offered at:
$150 for 15 minutes
$200 for 20 minutes
For more information please contact us at (936) 897-2205 or via Facebook messenger at https://m.me/lonestarcaf. The time you pay for is actual flight time and not just "time in seat"...your time "in the airplane" will be a bit longer than listed above...but it varies based on taxi time and other traffic at the airport, etc. The money made from these rides goes directly to aircraft maintenance and operational costs.
2. What happens on a ride?
We'll start with helping you get strapped into the airplane. Your pilot will give you a safety briefing (pay close attention to this) and make sure you understand important safety information with regard to the airplane and your role in the air. Once that is complete, your pilot will start the engine and you'll taxi out. There'll be a bit of a pause near the runway for a runup to check the engine, then you'll take off. Usually you'll stay in the local area (no more than about 5 miles away). You'll be given the opportunity to "feel" the airplane (flying with your pilot shadowing you on the controls) and then your pilot will show you some fun maneuvers (acrobatic rides are available). Time will fly and soon you'll be heading back to the airport to land. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity...book a ride today!
2. I'm a pilot. Can I fly the plane?
YES! Riders are usually given the chance to "feel" the controls. You won't be able to land or takeoff, but you'll certainly be given the opportunity to maneuver the plane a bit while we are in the air at a safe altitude. Your pilot will brief you on what's allowed.
3. OK, but I want to FLY!
GREAT! We can do that too. You must be a CAF member and a member of the LSW to fly the airplane. You must sponsor the airplane (click here to read about aircraft sponsorhip at the CAF HQ website) and you need to be checked out in the airplane. You will need to meet minimum experience requirements as stipulated in current CAF regulations. CAF HQ will issue a letter to allow you to train. Once you complete the required training, you can fly the plane! There is an hourly cost (currently $150/hr PLUS fuel costs) you will pay out of pocket for personal flying. It's very effective to support our mission by sharing your love of this historic airplane with someone else during your personal flying so taking a passenger with you is a great thing. You can also be checked out to fly the airplane selling rides (this requires a FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate and further work with HQ to be approved). This is a BASIC summary of the process. The best way to get a detailed outline and ask questions is to attend a meeting and meet us face to face. We'll walk you around the airplane after the meeting and chat about the process of joining us and getting checked out. Your dream of Stearman time in your logbook can come true! Join us!