OBX Airplanes
OBX Airplanes
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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
Sunday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
Come see the Outer Banks from the sky on one of our scenic tours or Biplanes rides! **AERIAL TOURS START AT JUST $35 PER PERSON!! We offer tours of the historic Wright Brothers memorial, Bodie Island Lighthouse, Jockey’s Ridge, and of course the scenic beaches for which the Outer Banks is famous. Have you ever dreamed of becoming a pilot?? We also offer extensive pilot training for all levels. RESERVATIONS NEEDED
Manteo, North Carolina

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Travelers' Choice
2023

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Rico1965
Williamsburg, VA71 contributions
Aug 2020
No complaints, and excellent operation. Easy to use website allows you to book whatever length of a ride/tour you'd like. Good schedule availability and very reasonable rates. Phil was our pilot and he did a tremendous job in the cockpit and working to make sure we got our flights in despite uncooperative weather. OBX Aircraft are in excellent shape and their entire operation is very professional and safety conscious.
Written August 15, 2020
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THANK YOU THANK YOU for your very kind & thoughtful review. Thank you for working with us through the weather. Weather is a challenge this time of year especially toward the afternoon. This week we had a tropical depression which brought about lots of isolated & scattered rain showers with the occasional thunderstorm but flying between these is still beautiful & worth the wait.
Written August 16, 2020
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Nicole W
Budd Lake, NJ51 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
We decided to book a flight on a whim. We saw an airplane banner in the sky over the Wright Bros. Monument and my 9 year old son insisted that we look them up. The price was more than affordable, and the location was local to where we were staying, so we decided to give it a whirl. The website was very easy to navigate, and we were able to book online. Our waivers refused to go through online, but let’s face it, WiFi on OBX is spotty at best, and the business was happy to let us fill out on site. By the time we got to the airport, my 9 year old son was visibly nervous about the excursion. Our pilot, Hayden, was quick to allay his fears with a brilliant combination of humor and reassurance. Once at the Cessna, Hayden was kind enough to suggest a quick photo shoot with my son and I- he took some great pics, then helped us into the aircraft. Hayden was kind and attentive to my son and made sure to go over safety instruction carefully. He actually talked us through the entire experience from valuable information and anecdotes about the sites we were seeing to the inclusion of what to expect when he took off and landed. The whole flight was amazing. We learned some great info about the immediate locale as well as some awesome historical information about landmarks, the history of aviation, and even shipwrecks and wildlife. When we landed, Hayden gave my son some stickers to remember the flight by, and my son assured the pilot that we would definitely be back next trip. I wholeheartedly agree. We highly recommend this experience!
Written April 22, 2022
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Thank you for the review! Hayden goes above & beyond as with our other pilots to make sure his passengers & students have the best possible experience. There is so much history here on the Outer Banks & even just at our airport there is a rich past! Glad you had such a great time!
Written April 30, 2022
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Kellyn C
Point Marion, PA3 contributions
Jun 2020
At the affordable price, on a short, family trip to the beach this was definitely a worthwhile experience that I will always cherish. The past few months have been a struggle for many reasons, the least of which is not Covid-19, and taking the time to enjoy this with them was worth every cent. The pilot allowed my 7-year old to steer the plane, which is something that she will never forget. I am grateful for this experience and recommend it to anyone visiting the area.
Written June 30, 2020
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C.D. Cyrtmus
1 contribution
Jun 2020
If you have never had the small plane experience I highly recommend OBX Airplanes.
Its a well run operation top to bottom.
It's just a really fun way to spend a portion of the day, especially if you have not spent tile over the years to see the whole spread from Duck to Hatteras island. You really get to understand how fragile the ecosystem is here.
We had our 16 year old niece along, and she was a little frightened getting out of the car. The pilot "Mike, instantly put her at ease with the little trick of having here steer the plane as we taxied out. FYI the "wheel" doesn't steer the plane on the ground.
He let her take the stick and even run a few turns. She had a super great time.
Thanks Mike! for being such a good sport!
Written June 29, 2020
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Erin H
3 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
There aren’t enough stars to give this review! We entrusted our 3 toddlers with OBX for their first airplane ride and they were fabulous! Mike their pilot was patient and kind and dealt with their excitement and the girls apparently putting on their own Taylor Swift concert. They can’t stop talking about it and I know it will be a long lasting memory for them.

The staff was patient and kind and answered all our questions. Jenny was upfront and honest and made me feel 100% comfortable letting the kids go alone. Austin was very friendly and even helped me dig though the shirts to find the kids sizes! Everyone we talked to was friendly and the pricing was very reasonable!
Written June 2, 2020
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Zach W
2 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
Charlie is an exceptional pilot! He made us feel extremely safe prior to flight by showing us exactly what the plane will be doing prior to and after landing. His pilot skills were shown as he smoothly transitioned the aircraft; smoothly and safely to show my fiancé and I so many neat attractions along the sound and ocean side. I highly recommend Charlie and OBX Airplanes to my family and friends.
Written July 2, 2020
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Thank you for your review! Glad you and your fiance came to fly!
Written July 3, 2020
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Michelle
1 contribution
Jul 2023 • Couples
Let me preface this by sharing that I’d never flown prior to this and am working toward conquering my fear of flying. Of course my husband is part daredevil and had no fear whatsoever.

We were coming from out of state (New Jersey) and they called a day in advance to confirm and go over weather conditions/flight times. If you live at the shore on the east coast like we do then you understand the weather can change in minutes. I was thrilled when the day came and the weather held out for us!

I couldn’t be happier with the open cockpit biplane ride we took with Jenny! The second we met she put me at ease! Her personality is unbelievably cool and friendly. We booked a 40 minute flight and it was so awesome I wished it could’ve gone on for longer! Jenny pointed out landmarks and areas all throughout the flight. Personally, my favorite part was when we flew over a rainbow! This is definitely a memory that we will have forever.

If you ever have the chance to book a flight tour in OBX I highly recommend OBX Airplanes! I wouldn’t fly with anyone else!
Written July 24, 2023
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Thank you for the kind review! We're glad that you enjoyed your flight and that the weather held out for you!
Written September 20, 2023
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Phil A
4 contributions
Jun 2020
What a great experience! This company is a very well run from top to bottom. We were unfortunately a few minutes late but they were very understanding and accommodating. Our pilot Michael was very personable and showed us all the beautiful scenery and even let my fiancé fly the plane for a few moments. Something she we never forget. I very much recommend taking a flight with OBX Airplanes when you are down in the Outer Banks and take the 1 hour custom tour. You will not be disappointed. We will be doing this again next time we come down!
Written July 2, 2020
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Hi Phil! Thank you for your review! People really like to fly w/ Mike! Happy you had a good time & we look forward to next year!
Written July 2, 2020
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Starfishtoes
2 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
Jenny, our pilot on the 20-minute biplane tour gave us a wonderfully memorable experience! She is seriously skilled at flying as the whole flying experience was smooth-it felt like a dream! If you or anyone you know loves the Outer Banks, I recommend seeing this gorgeous place from up high. It felt like we were in an awesome dream. Jenny was welcoming and fun to have as a guide! It felt like an honor to be in such a beautiful aircraft and to have such a great memory made. Thanks for such an awesome tour Jenny!
Written September 13, 2020
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Derek L
1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Family
Phil was an excellent pilot offering us the ability to take the trip as exciting and extreme as we could tolerate. He was extremely professional, considerate, and a pleasure to talk to. He consistently made sure that our flight was both enjoyable and safe, checking on us throughout out experience. I would highly recommend this tour for all ages and consider requesting Phil if available!
Written August 17, 2021
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