In addition to WACO Biplane tours, Cessna tours, and banner towing services OBX Airplanes also offers flight training with the best flight instructors around. If you are interested in getting your private pilot’s license, take the first step; schedule an introductory lesson with one of our experienced instructors.
Philip Reep is our maintenance manager at OBX Airplanes as well as one of our certified flight instructors. Philip is from Greensboro / Lexington, NC and learned to fly at the Davidson County Airport. The excitement of flying drew Philip to flying when he was nineteen years old and he decided to get his pilot’s license because flying is “one of the coolest things you can do.” Philip spends much of his flight time in one of our Cessna aircraft, with the Cessna 150 being his favorite plane to fly.
The first step towards obtaining a private pilot’s license would be to schedule an introductory flight lesson with one of our qualified instructors. This lesson will begin with a brief pre-flight ground school and continue with flying time with your certified instructor. You will take off from the Dare County Regional Airport on the North End of Roanoke Island and soon see the beauty of the Outer Banks from a new perspective – one that will have you hooked on flying right away!
At OBX Airplanes much of our flight training is conducted in a Cessna 150, one of the safest and most reliable aircraft ever built. The Cessna 150 is also one of the most widely used aircraft for flight instruction.
Flight training in a Cessna 150 is also surprisingly affordable. With prepayment of 10 hours, the cost of renting the plane for a lesson comes to only $90/hr (including fuel). The instructor rate is $55/hr. These competitive rates will allow you to get your instrument rating for under $5,000. For more information about our flight training, click here.
The Outer Banks is truly one of the most beautiful places in the country to fly. Our certified instructors at OBX Airplanes can help you get your pilot’s license within a matter of weeks, so call us today learn to fly where the Wright Brothers did!
OBX Airplanes is proud to employ a team of skilled professional pilots to provide a wide range of flight services. Is your family looking for a fun and exciting way to see the beauty of the Outer Banks? Then fly with one of our pilots on a scenic air tour over our beaches and lighthouses. Maybe you want a little more adventure? Soar with one of our pilots in our open cockpit WACO biplane. Would you like to give your local business a boost? An OBX Airplanes pilot can tow an advertising banner that will be seen by thousands of potential customers up and down the beach. Or have you always dreamed of flying yourself? Take off from the Dare County Reginal Airport with one of our experienced qualified flight instructors and you can be on your way to getting your private pilot’s license.
Continuing with what we started in our last blog post, OBX Airplanes is happy to introduce another of our pilot’s: Luke Williams, originally of Virginia Beach, has been flying with OBX Airplanes since February of 2018. We are happy to have him on our team. Luke began flying when he was sixteen years old in a Citabria aircraft. He completed his flight training at McClellan-Palomar Airport (KCRQ) in Carlsbad, California. Luke’s favorite plane to fly (and the plane he flies most often) is our WACO YMF-5C biplane. When Luke isn’t cruising over the beaches of the Outer Banks in the open cockpit biplane, he enjoys surfing, snowboarding trips, and generally anything outdoors.
If you are looking for an exciting Outer Banks adventure, then come fly with Luke in our beautiful red WACO biplane. You’ll hear and feel the power of the R-755 Radial Engine, smell and feel the salt air as you soar through it in an open cockpit. The WACO YMF-5C combines the romance, beauty and adventure of the 1930s Golden Era biplane with the modern safety and technology of an FAA certified aircraft. Our biplane can accommodate two passengers, and we guarantee that flying with Luke over the lighthouses, bridges, and beaches of the Outer Banks will make for an unforgettable adventure.
OBX Airplanes is the premier provider of flight services on the Outer Banks. We are happy to offer flight
instruction, air tours, and aerial banner advertising services. In order to provide all of these flight
services we employ a team of highly trained and dedicated pilots. Over the next few blog posts we are
proud to introduce our expert team.
John Eric Midyette, 31, of Engelhard, North Carolina began flying in High School. He took flight lessons
with his Dad and it was “love at first sight.” John completed his flight training at OBX Airport with Jenny
Hawk, the owner of OBX Airplanes. Like other flight students at OBX Airplanes, John learned to fly on our
fleet of Cessna Aircraft. A dedicated pilot, he now works as a flight Instructor at OBX Airplanes. In
addition to flight instruction, John also tows banners and provides air tours to tourists and locals alike.
John’s favorite plane to fly is a Citabria, a light single-engine, two seat aircraft designed for flight training
and utility and capable of sustaining aerobatic stresses of +5g to -2g. Citabria is truly a sports plane
designed for aerobatics. In fact, “Citabria” spelled backwards is “Airbatic” and that is no coincidence.
John loves this aerobatic and high-g style of aviation. When asked what aircraft he would most like to
fly, he came back with two answers: the Extra Flugzeugbau EA 300 and the Space Shuttle. The Extra 300
is capable or ±10g with one person and ±8g with two. It was designed to be the ultimate aerobatic
In addition to flying, John also loves “piano, guitar, volunteering with [his] church, and Daddying.” We
are happy to have John as a member of our team at OBX Airplanes and hope that you will come fly with
him soon! When it comes to John’s aviation career “the sky’s the limit.”
As a Certified Flight Instructor on the Outer Banks of North Carolina I am pleased to say that when you fly with me you will be sure to have fun, be safe and learn to fly!