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Address: Hanger 8 Spitfire Lane RD 2 | Wanaka Airport, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand
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+64 27 274 1908

Ever wondered what the world looks like flying upside down? Why not let one...

Ever wondered what the world looks like flying upside down? Why not let one of New Zealand's best aerobatic pilots teach you how. Ivan Krippner the 2 time national aerobatic champion and his instructors both competing at a national level will give you a trial flight like never before! Operating out of the Wanaka airport with 360 degrees of panoramic views, from the mighty Southern Alps to the majestic Lake Wanaka see it all. For the adrenaline seeker join us in the specially designed Cessna 152 Aerobat. We will teach you how to do your own loops and rolls within the 30min trial flight. Or for the adrenaline junkie take the step up to the big boy's toy, a 15 min trial flight in The Pitts Special S2B. Do your own loops and rolls then do the upgrade and let Ivan take control as you lose control. This production Pitts Special is the most powerful ever built. With the same engine set up as the Red Bull race Aircraft, it has only one thing on its mind, to go hard and fast or go home! Come see the world from our office 6000' up, Upside down. Prices start from $199 with DVD and Upgrades available. Give Ivan or one of the team a call today on. Upside down, down under.

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Did an acrobatic flight in 2014. Had an amazing time flying the plane myself (including rolls, loopings, flying upside down, etc.) and enjoying the show given by the NZ-acrobatic... read more

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Reviewed 16 February 2017
Zurich, Switzerland

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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

Did an acrobatic flight in 2014. Had an amazing time flying the plane myself (including rolls, loopings, flying upside down, etc.) and enjoying the show given by the NZ-acrobatic champion! Great, fun teacher!

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Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Had a fabulous time learning to fly, the pilots are fabulous. Views are amazing too! 10/10 recommend !

Thank Kate O
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 30 March 2016

My first time flying an airplane. I expected to be allowed to just hold the wheel for a little while in the air, but end up taking control most of time throughout the way. Dave provided such excellent instruction and supervision that the flight worked out so smoothly without any panic moment. Highly recommended. Chad

Thank chad9911
Midlothian, Virginia
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Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

Wow! I flew a plane for the first time ever and under Mandy's expert guidance, performed loops me barrel rolls. Yep, you read that right, had never flown before and took a plane upside down (on purpose). I highly recommend this group for the thrill seeker who thinks they've done it all .. You haven't, until you experience these aerobatics.... More 

Thank KatSparkle
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 26 June 2015

Fantastic experience, You learn so much from Ivan. Great Instructor, Great Scenery and money well spent. Definately an experience you'll never forget and leave you wanting to come back for more. A must do in Wanaka if you love adventure and new experiences.

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Thank Adam G
Preston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 May 2015 via mobile

Had an amazing day and was welcomed with Ivans rule 'my home is your home' Couldn't have had a better instructor, felt safe and learnt lots...who can say they've flown a flight and did loops and flips! Can't recommend enough!

Thank Christian G
Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 10 April 2015

SO Much fun. Best flight lesson ever! Not a joy ride but an amazing flight lesson! I will be back!!! From the moment you walk through the door the spotlight it on you. with some corny jokes, you move on to the PRE FLIGHT BRIEFING! Just like in TOP GUN!!! this explains what you are covering in this flight lesson.... More 

Thank Capt_Dan_Aerobat
Cardiff, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 February 2015

The best thing I've done in Wanaka! Highly recommended!!! very professional operations and the flight itself is breath-taking. Not to mention the beautiful scenery over Wanaka. I think I will have to do this again some time :)

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Thank 186460Happytraveller
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Reviewed 27 January 2015 via mobile

I went here for the extreme flying lesson and I was so happy that I rented a car from Qtown two days later for the unlimited stunt plane flight. I would highly recommend the extreme lesson as it is excellent value for money at 199 dollars for 30 minutes. You do not need to worry about feeling unwell as the... More 

Thank VilleNKPG
Kansas City, Kansas
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Reviewed 7 January 2015

This was by far the most fun I've ever had in NZ. Trevor is an incredible instructor (patient, fun, and stays calm). We came expecting to do a bit of aerobatics, but found an adrenaline packed morning of rolls, loops, stall turns, and general craziness. I'm excited about learning to fly and will pursue more of this in the future.... More 

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Trevor_Cray, Public Relations Manager at Southern Lakes Learn to Fly, responded to this review

We did have a lot of fun! thanks for taking the time out to come and see the world from our perspective. As we told you flying can be highly addictive and I guess now you can see why. When you come back we will have to teach you some more intersting aerobatics and maybe even go in the pitts?!?... More 

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