Posted on 4/10/2019

30A Coastal Biplane

You’ve seen the beauty of the South Walton's 30A from land and water, but now is your chance to enjoy it from the air!

30A Coastal Biplane is the newest way to experience the stunning coastal landscape from Panama City Beach to 30A to Destin. Founded in 2018, retired Army Aviate and Flight Instructor Heath Buckley opened 30A Coastal Biplane as a way to share his passion for two of his favorite things – flying and the beautiful sugary shoreline that he now calls home – with his community. Through this endeavor, Heath has given beach lovers and adventure seekers the opportunity to take to the skies in an open-cockpit biplane and get a bird’s eye view of their favorite coastline.

This is by far the purest way to enjoy the sugar sand beaches, jewel-toned waves, and expansive Gulf Coast views. Why, you ask? Where do we even start! First of all, you can escape the crowds for a while as you and a friend hop aboard the Ferrari Red biplane affectionately dubbed the “Spirit of 30A”. Second, you will get the unique experience of flying in the Waco YMF-5, a newly manufactured biplane that maintains the feel of a classic aircraft. With the open cockpit, you will enjoy the wind whipping through your hair, taste the coastal air, and feel the rush of being 500 feet above open ocean. But it is the dazzling views that will make the flight more than worth it. Witness the coastline, sand dunes, and coastal dune lakes from new heights – from sunrise to sunset. And don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, sting rays, and other sea creatures. This is a journey you will not soon forget!

Ready to grab your seat on the “Spirit of 30A”? 30A Coastal Biplane offers a variety of packages starting at $389. The Trip around the Sun is a tour of Panama City Beach, in which you can view everything from Laguna Beach to Cobia artificial reef. The Reefs of 30A gives passengers a 40-minute sightseeing tour of the 30A beaches, and it includes views of Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach architecture, the iconic town of Seaside, Western Lake (you might even glimpse some paddle boarders skimming over the still waters below), and Turtle Reef in Grayton Beach. Of course, nothing says romantic like the Sunset over Grayton Beach’s Western Lake, where you and a loved one can watch the sun dip below the horizon and share a kiss. If you are looking for an even more romantic treat, Date Night over 30A is for you – not only will you get to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime flight experience with your significant other, but also a dinner for two in Santa Rosa Beach. Finally, adventurers may want to check out the Treetop Flyer package, where you can fly upside down in loops and barrel rolls over the most beautiful landscape in the U.S.!

Whether you are visiting South Walton for a day, a week, or a month, this is a must-have experience. Visit the 30A Coastal Biplane website to learn more and book your 30A aviation excursion.

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