Intro to Aerial Acrobatics


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Put yourself in the pilot's seat of a Decathlon aircraft for a thrilling Introduction to Aerial Acrobatics Lesson!

  • FAA Certified Instructors with over 7,000 logged flight hours
  • Learn how to safely maneuver loops, rolls, hammerheads, stalls and spins during the 1-hour flight lesson
  • No experience necessary
  • Take control of the aircraft and see if you have what it takes to be a Sport Pilot!

Reid Hillview Airport - San Jose, CA

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Thursday through Sunday - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Essential Information
  • No experience necessary
  • Maximum individual participant weight is 250 pounds
  • It is recommended that participants are at least over 5'3"
  • Participants under 18 will need to have a parent or guardian present to sign a waiver
  • A valid, government issued picture ID is required to participate
  • Please note, this is a one-time introductory experience. Additional flight lessons can be booked directly with the aviation company
1.5 hours total with 30 minutes of ground instruction and approximately 1 hour of flight time. Flight time is calculated from engine start to engine stop.
Experience Provider Info
Complete information for your Experience Provider, including contact information, will be included on your booking confirmation email once you or your gift recipient have scheduled the experience. Our Product Management team handpicks top-rated experience providers, removing the guesswork for you and ensuring your peace of mind.
Maximum Participants
The aircraft can hold one student and the pilot.
Spectators may come to the airport to watch take-off and landing and take photos.
Weather Dependent
This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What To Wear
Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for weather conditions, closed-toe shoes, and sunglasses are highly recommended. Also, don't forget to bring a camera!
Will I get to fly the plane?
Yes! FAA requires that certified pilots perform the takeoff and landing, but you will have control of the plane in the air.
Can I log my flight time?
Yes! Each flight counts as a lesson and can be logged toward a pilot certificate.
What do I need to bring with me?

You will need to bring a valid form of government issued identification such as a passport, or driver's license.

What if I don't want to acrobatically maneuver the whole time?

This experience is tailored to your comfort level. You'll have the opportunity to let your pilot know if you are not comfortable performing the maneuvers.

Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be returned hassle-free within 30 days. All refunds will be made to the original purchaser.
Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be exchanged for anything else in our marketplace at any time.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs more, you'll simply have to pay the difference. If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs less, you'll have a credit towards your next booking with Virgin Experience Gifts.

Cancellation Policy

Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, rescheduling is allowed with at least 72 hours' notice to your experience provider. Failure to appear on your booked date or to cancel and reschedule at least 72 hours prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience. In the event that your flight is cancelled due to inclement weather or maintenance issues, you will be able to reschedule your flight directly with the experience provider.

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Customer Reviews

This experience has a customer rating of 5
based on 9 reviews.
The booking process was very easy and straightforward. The experience was a gift for my husband and he absolutely loved it! I would definitely recommend!
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Caitlin, We appreciate all your positive feedback about our booking process, as well as your kind recommendation! All the credit can not simply go to us, since you are the one who is an amazing gift giver! We are thrilled your husband enjoyed this thoughtful gift from you and hope that you keep us in mind for any future gift giving needs you may have! Regards, ​Johnika Virgin Experience Gifts
Scott did a fantastic job describing the aerial maneuvers in great detail and ensuring that the flight was a memorable experience!
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Liam, What an adventurous flight you went on! I’m glad to hear Scott took the time to provide you great detail and insight on the aerial maneuvers you experienced. I hope you enjoyed the scenic views of San Jose and hope we have an opportunity to get you out on another adventure with us. Thanks, Ryan
It was awesome experience for me
Excellent experience. Mike is a fun instructor and I enjoyed every bit of it.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hi Nikhil, Thank you so much for letting us know you enjoyed your Aerial Acrobatics experience! We're so glad Mike was able to provide such a fun and memorable outing for you! Cheers to more fun adventures like this in the future! With our best, Garrett
It was amazing, it was my first time and I loved it
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hi there Anna!  I love that you had so much fun. An Aerobatic flight is definitely a daring feat, and it is so awesome that you had a thrilling flight! We love that you loved your experience!  Best, ​Sophia 
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