SkyThrills!
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
SkyThrills has safely thrilled over 25,000 Guest Pilots since 1999. If you have always wanted to see what flying a high performance fighter plane is like - now is your chance! We fly custom aerobatic flights, scenic flights, and now charter flights in our Marchetti SF260. Come experience the magic and the joy of flying a fighter. You can choose to either go hand's on and perform gentle thru advanced aerobatics or hire us to take you on a charter flight to Catalina or beyond. We have a perfect 100% Safety Record. We have been flying Marchetti SF260s for over 35 years. Call us today to book your flight and find out what we can do to make your flying experience with us one of the best experiences of your life!
Long Beach, California

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Erik F
Santa Fe, NM48 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
Top notch. Put it on your Bucket List for sure. Outstanding fun and superb pilots!!! Best value for the adventure dollar spent.
Written July 29, 2013
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Morgan C
1 contribution
Nov 2017 • Friends
I got this flight as a surprise gift, and I can certainly describe it as one of the most awesome experiences you can do in the L.A. area - and I've lived here for 30+ years. Captain Mike is upbeat, friendly, and super supportive in ways that teach you about flying but don't push you out of your comfort zone if you don't want it. That said, I was really interested in trying rolls, loops, and spins - and he tee'd everything up perfectly.

It starts out with a short classroom session to learn about the plane, learn about what we're doing, and general safety measures. After that it's a quick walk to the plane (we flew the Marchetti, a GREAT turboprop plane with a picturesque canopy over the top), and then you get some pics and then strap in and go. We were flying shortly thereafter and about 1,000 feet up Captain Mike lets me take the controls in my hands and feel the plane as it calmly climbed into the skies south of Palos Verdes. What followed was 25-minutes of breathtaking rolls, loops, and spins. Nothing can quite prepare you for watching your wing go vertical and then continue going over the top upside-down in a loop. You look down and see the Pacific wayyyyy below you and then start to feel the G's come on as you pull out of the loop back into normal flight. It can be that exciting, or he can fly it a bit more tame. Captain Mike allows you to make the calls about what you're comfortable doing, and that's what made the flight so great. Quick return trip to Long Beach Airport and we were back on the ground about 45 minutes later. All in all I think we were there at the airport for no more than 2.5 hours. Back to Santa Monica for a relaxing dinner with a SD card with a lifetime of memories.

What an amazing experience, I can't say enough great things about SkyThrills!!
Written December 4, 2017
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robd232
Houston, TX1 contribution
Feb 2016 • Friends
The Beech Super 18 is a fantastic plane to fly, definitely a classic piece of history. I thoroughly recommend this to anyone, pilot or not ... and according to my friend who came along for the ride in the back (it has room for 6 passengers), the experience there was "Fabulous". We flew out to and around Catalina with a great close-up aerial view of the north end of the island.
Written February 16, 2016
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flinty808
Kahala, HI16 contributions
Feb 2012
This was a great experience for husband and son who both had a blast. Mike made them - and me- feel very comfortable with the safety features and them gave them the best ride ever. Disney paled in comparison after that ride.
Written February 15, 2012
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Joseph T
Los Angeles, CA1 contribution
Apr 2018 • Solo
I've always wanted to fly in a biplane, and SkyThrills! didn't disappoint. The open cockpit experience was amazing; I strongly recommend it.
Written April 9, 2018
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leesails
Hong Kong, China3 contributions
Jul 2017 • Friends
My parents and I flew from the East Coast for to do a dogfight for my dad's 70th birthday. This experience was the funnest thing we've ever done!!! It's unbelievable that you're able to this. My dad has severe mobility issues, but Mike, Probe and I were able to get my dad in the plane. We did three dogfights. I will never forget this experience! The thrill of doing a barrel roll, or flying straight down towards the ocean, or being upside down, or pulling 4 Gs!!! Holy cow! You've got to do this!

The videos turned out fantastic! I work in software and their camera setup was top of the line. Our videos are so, so cool!!! Even if there hadn't been videos, I would do it again. I felt totally safe the entire time with my pilot, who flies FA 18 Hornets for the Navy.

Seriously, you've got to do this. I want to do it again and again. Absolutely incredible. Totally worth all of the flights/hotels/car rentals to get there. I can't recommend this enough. Mike was incredibly nice. Thank you so much!!!
Written July 26, 2017
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Nvth
Los Angeles, CA1 contribution
Oct 2016 • Couples
It was a great experience for both of us. A beautiful aircraft with a surprisingly roomy cockpit compared to other biplanes. Mike flew just as we wished, which was reassuring for us. We both feel like that we ticked one of the boxes by taking this flight. Mike will make it as exciting or soothing as you wish. Flying over the sea along the coast in the late afternoon was energizing . If you can, then do it, there will be no regrets.
Written October 5, 2016
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Jon
1 contribution
Sep 2016 • Solo
Blew away my expectations; quite possibly the coolest thing I have ever done in my life. I flew a stunt plane and performed aerobatic maneuvers. The plane has controls for both passengers, and the instructor(Mike) does a good job of explaining everything. I did rolls, flips, spins, hammerheads, flying upside down and a few more things, all with Mike guiding me. And I've never flown or have even been in a small aircraft prior to that day. I have not stopped talking about this experience since I landed back on earth, and all I want to do is go back up in the sky.
Written September 23, 2016
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justajetsetter
51 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
I booked the 'Aerobatic World Champion' experience which was incredible. It's definitely one of the best things I have ever done and would do it again in a heartbeat. It's nearly been a week since I did this experience and I have been telling everyone how amazing it was!

I opted to fly in the Extra 300L. The experience starts off with a safety and theory briefing which lasts roughly 30 minutes and covers how to achieve the manouvers. Don't worry if you can't remember it all because Mike (the owner) will talk you through it when you are up there.

We flew out towards Catalina ísland towards the practice area just off the L.A coast. From just after take off until landing you'll be in control with Mike or another monitoring and helping you out if you need it.

I can't explain just how amazing it was to do the aerobatics and would certainly do it again.

It was the highlight of our Holiday, the highlight for me because I got to fly an incredible aircraft with an excellent instructor and my fiancèes because she got an hours break from me for the first time on holiday.

If you're thinking of booking, just do it you won't regret it!

Written September 15, 2016
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r0ger1980
11570539 contributions
Aug 2016 • Solo
Whether you're an experienced pilot, an aviation enthusiast or just a dare devil I'm absolutely certain you'll have have an amazing "sky thrill".

I hold an Air Transport Pilot licence and have thousands of hours flying experience and doing loops, rolls and spins over the Californian West Coast in the Citabria completely rekindled my love for flying.

Mike is a superb instructor who immediately puts you at ease and his love of flying is nothing short of contagious. So even if you're a first time or nervous flyer Mike's relaxed and very friendly demeanour will allow you to become completely engrossed in the flight- as will the stunning scenery of the coast line. The Citabria itself was in immaculate condition as was the other aircraft that were in the hangar.

I found Fullerton airport fairly straight forward to get to- it was a 40min Uber ride from my Hotel at LAX. Because it's a small airport you don't spend a lot of time taxying to and from the runway so you can get airborne relatively quickly.

So if your wondering what to get someone this Christmas or if you're a Long haul pilot that wants to be reminded why you started flying in the first place- you can't go wrong with SkyThrills!
Written August 30, 2016
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