The skyline of the Outer Banks is subdued but always in motion. Shifting dunes and swaying grass, lighthouses erected and retreating from the surf, cottages built but claimed by the sea. In 1963 the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge dramatically transformed this ever changing skyline. When the bridge opened it allowed residents of and visitors to the Outer Banks to cross Oregon Inlet for the first time without the use of a ferry. Now the skyline has changed again.
OBX Airplanes would like to wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day…and give you some ideas for how to
really impress that special someone. Now we’re not knocking the classic Valentine’s Day expressions of
love. There’s nothing wrong with flowers, cards, chocolate, and romantic candlelit dinners. We’re just
saying that those things are slightly overused on this particular day of the year. If you really want to
impress your Valentine, we suggest you take her (or him) on an exciting and romantic flight over the
We offer many different types of Air Tours at OBX Airplanes and can tailor these to help you up your
romance game. You could take your loved one on a romantic sunset Air Tour in one of our Cessna
Aircraft (followed of course by that romantic candlelit dinner). You could go for an adventurous and
romantic flight in our beautiful red WACO Biplane (also available for a sunset flight). If you really want to
score some points, you could write a message in the sand before the flight and point it out to your loved
one as you fly over that section of the beach. Get creative with the message. It could be a giant heart
with both of your names inside, it could say “[Insert Name], will you marry me?” Just be sure to double
check the spelling and consider the tide as you don’t want the ocean to wash your message away before
he or she gets to see it!
Our banner towing service is another great way to express your message of love. It could be a unique
way to propose to your future wife or a great way to say, “Will you be my Valentine?” Take a bottle of
wine and a picnic out to the beach (it’s a beautiful, sunny, spring-like day here on the Outer Banks) and
watch your Valentine’s surprise as the message flies into view.
Of course, OBX Airplanes is not suggesting you limit your expressions of love and romance to just
Valentine’s Day. One of our Air Tours or Biplane Rides is the perfect thing to do as a couple on the Outer
Banks any day of the year. Whether it’s a first date or a 50 th wedding anniversary, flying over the
beautiful beaches of the OBX is sure to impress and be something you will both remember forever.
OBX Airplanes offers a wide range of aerial services: banner towing, flight instruction, biplane rides, and
Cessna tours. We are proud to employ a team of highly skilled certified pilots to provide these services.
Continuing with the employee introductions that we began a few weeks ago, we are happy to introduce
you to another pilot on our team: Elijah Whyte.
Elijah Whyte grew up all over the Eastern U.S. and learned to fly at the Liberty University School of
Aeronautics, which has been awarded the Loening Trophy for the outstanding all-around collegiate
aviation program in the U.S. as well as the American Airlines Safety Award. At OBX Airplanes, Elijah
spends much of his flight time in Citabria and Cessna aircraft towing banners and leading air tours.
Elijah’s favorite plane to fly is the Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser, which was the first light personal aircraft to
circle the globe (Clifford Evans and George Truman flew around the world in two PA-12s from August 9
to December 10, 1947). When asked what airplane he would most like to fly, Elijah’s answer is the
Fokker Dr.I Triplane, the aircraft associated with Manfred Von Richthofen or the Red Barron. When he’s
not in the air, Elijah enjoys white water kayaking, mountain biking, surfing, collecting rocks, and cooking.
Elijah is an ideal pilot to take you and your friends and family on a scenic air tour of the Outer Banks. This winter Elijah accepted a position with Aerwood Aviation as a tail wheel instructor. We would welcome him back at OBX Airplanes anytime! On these air tours you will enjoy amazing views of the beaches, inlets, shipwrecks, piers, bridges, and lighthouses. We do our air tours in a variety of Cessna aircraft: Cessna 172s, Cessna 177s, and Cessna 182s.
These planes provide for the best views with their high wings and panoramic windows. Not only
are our air tours a unique and adventurous way to experience the beauty of the Outer Banks, they are
also surprisingly affordable. Plane rides start at only $15 dollars a person and from there you can choose
from our other offerings: a $69 Discovery Flight, a $99 Tour, a $149 Inlet Tour, a $249 Custom /
Photography Tour, or a $299 Sunrise / Sunset Tour. These tour prices are per plane and can
accommodate groups of up to three with individual seats and plenty of room. Consider doing something
exciting and unique on your next vacation. Come fly with us at OBX Airplanes for an Outer Banks
adventure you’ll never forget!
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!