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TropicBird Flight Service

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Address: Kona Airport, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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+1 808-895-4753
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This attraction is at Keahole Airport

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I flew a plane, amazing!

Eric took me and my 14yo up for an hour long class. Eric ran all the key controls and did the landing but I took off and steered the plane throughout the flight until the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
SFDadof2DD
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San Francisco, CA
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San Francisco, CA
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Eric took me and my 14yo up for an hour long class. Eric ran all the key controls and did the landing but I took off and steered the plane throughout the flight until the landing. What an amazing feeling. My daughter sat in the back and took some great photos. The mountains / volcanos were shrouded in clouds but... More 

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Warszawa
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Highly recomended !!! Great for flights in Big Island :) the best ! Thank you Mike and all your team, hope to be back soon !

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

I went to the big Island intending to rent an airplane to go sightseeing. Unfortunately I found out that there is virtually no one that will rent Mainland pilots airplanes no matter what their skill level. What I did find was Tropicbird flight service. They will rent you an airplane along with flight instructor to circumnavigate the island or fly... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2016

Mike took us for our first flying lesson and it was a blast. Mike not only teach how to fly with patience but also tell interesting stories about big island. The waterfall looks amazing, I don't think there is a better option for viewing the waterfall. Highly recommended and will definitely come back.

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Warszawa
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2016 via mobile

I highly recommend - it is an excellent school - the best in Hawaii :-) Mike - thank you very much for the wonderful lessons and breathtaking views! I'd want to come back here asap:)

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Orlando Florida
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2015

I went flying with Mike Lauro, classy guy with Integrity, went flew up and down the coast and had a blast, weather was to thick to fly coast to Volcanos and waterfalls, but trust me what we seen was great and his island pilot briefing educated me which I liked, if your a Pilot have fun its worth every penny,... More 

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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
Reviewed 10 December 2014

I flew with Tropicbird in December 2013 (the date selector here does not go back that far) and have been reliving the experience one year later with the photos and video taken during the flight. I am a private pilot license holder and wanted to see the Big Island from the air during my stay. I am very glad that... More 

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Issaquah, Washington
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 5 October 2014

I flew with Mike Lauro in late September 2014, and really loved the experience. We did the "Intro to Island Flying" course. As a fairly new Private Pilot with 150 hours total time, the vast majority of it in Cessna 172s, I was really excited to fly Tropicbird's Diamond DA20 Eclipse- because it is a low wing, because of its... More 

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Reviewed 24 September 2014

We hooked up with CFI Terry Way from Tropic Bird Flight Service on 9/24/14 to take a big Island tour with my wife in the C-172M they have on the line. Terry was one of the best tour guides and CFI's I have ever flown with. His local knowledge of the islands is awesome and we had a super time... More 

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Raleigh
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55 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

I have my PPL and was interested in doing some island flying while on vacation. Mike was very quick to respond to my inquiries and discuss what I was interested in doing. I ended up flying with TropicBird twice while on the Big Island. The first time Mike took me up to Upolu to do touch-and-gos and basically orient me... More 

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