OBX Airplanes would like to wish everyone a Happy Memorial Day, especially those serving or who have
served in the United States Armed Forces. Memorial Day is first and foremost a time to remember and
honor those who have died serving in the United States Armed Forces.
The Town of Nags Head will be hosting a Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 27, 2019 at the Nags
Head Town Hall. U.S. Air Force veteran Todd Krafft will be the keynote speaker at the ceremony, which
will be held in front of the Town’s Municipal Complex at 5401 S. Croatan Highway (Mile Post 14).
According to the Town of Nags Head website: “The public is invited and encouraged to attend to honor
and remember family members, friends, and fellow citizens who have given the ultimate sacrifice in
service to America.”
Memorial Day is also the official start of the summer season here on the Outer Banks, and it looks like
we are going to have great weather all weekend. The sun will be shining and the air will be warm, so we
hope that you will get outside and take advantage of all that the Outer Banks has to offer. This weekend
would be an ideal time to take to the sky above the Outer Banks by joining OBX Airplanes for an air tour
or a biplane ride!
OBX Business Owners: Take Advantage of Aerial Advertising to Reach Customers on the Beach
Aerial advertising has been shown to be highly effective where a large target audience is gathered near
the source of advertising (Smith, Ronald D. Strategic Planning For Public Relations). Studies have shown
that aerial billboards and banners have a high consumer recall and retention rate. Customers who see
the aerial advertisement tend to recall the message at a higher rate than with other forms of advertising.
During the summer months the beaches on the Outer Banks are full of vacationers and locals enjoying
the sand and waves. This is exactly the type of large target audience that is inclined to see and
remember aerial advertisements.
Not only does aerial advertising have a high recall rate with potential customers, it is also cost effective.
OBX Airplanes offers rates that are at least 25% lower than nationwide banner towing companies. Our
stunning airplanes and crisp lettering are sure to draw the attention of future customers. Call OBX
Airplanes at 252-489-8165 to learn how we can help you reach more customers on the Outer Banks.
Do you have dreams of flying but are intimidated by the financial commitment of becoming a Pilot? OBX Airplanes can help you get your Private Pilot’s License for cheaper than you may think. As we discussed in last week’s blog, OBX Airplanes offers flight instruction with experienced and qualified flight instructors. This week, we thought we’d follow up with some more information about the cost of flight instruction and the FAA’s specific requirements for obtaining a Private Pilot’s License.
What are the FAA Requirements for Obtaining a Private Pilot’s License?
40 hours minimum flight training which consists of at least:
20 hours minimum of flight training with an instructor on the Private Pilot areas of operation including:
3 hours of cross country flight training in a single engine airplane;
3 hours of night flight training in a single engine airplane, that includes at least:
1 cross country flight of over 100nm total distance; and
10 Take-offs and 10 landings to a full stop with each involving a flight in the traffic pattern at an airport.
3 hours of flight training by reference to instruments in a single engine airplane; and
3 hours of flight training in a single engine airplane within the 60 days prior to the practical test.
10 hours minimum of solo flying in a single engine airplane on the Private Pilot areas of operation including:
5 hours of solo cross country flying;
1 solo cross country flight of at least 150nm total distance with full stop landings at 3 points and one segment of at least 50nm between take-offs and landings; and
3 Take-offs and landings to a full stop at an airport with an operating control tower.
How much does it cost to get a Private Pilot’s License?
With OBX Airplanes, the average cost of obtaining a Private Pilot’s License is between $5000 and $6000. This is significantly less than the cost that you might find at other flight schools around the country.
Why is it less expensive to get my Pilot’s License with OBX Airplanes?
OBX Airplanes helps reduce the cost of getting your Private Pilot’s License by providing low rates on our aircraft rentals and providing discounts when you book your aircraft in 10-hour blocks. Our cost for a Cessna 150 rental is only $100/hr and only $90/hr when you book in blocks of 10 hours. Call OBX Airplanes today to find out how you can become a Pilot!
In addition to our air tours, biplane rides, and banner towing services, OBX Airplanes also offers flight training with knowledgeable and enthusiastic Certified Flight Instructors. OBX Airplanes can help you turn your dream of flying into a reality by helping you along the path to acquiring your Private Pilot’s License.
Summer weather is here to stay on the OBX! Today’s high temperature is 80 degrees, the wind is blowing out of the south, the sun is out. Even better, the sun will be up longer and longer each day. Today’s sunrise was at 6:09 am, and the sun won’t set until 7:50 pm this evening. That means more daylight to experience your favorite Outer Banks activities! More time for surfing and swimming, sunbathing and shell-hunting, fishing and sailing, kayaking and paddle boarding, and our favorite OBX
OBX Airplanes offers air tours and biplane rides over the beautiful beaches of the Outer Banks. Our friendly, experienced pilots are knowledgeable about the local area and will be happy to answer any questions you have while up in the air. Our air tours are fully customizable; we create the perfect flying experience for you and your friends and family, whether that be a scenic sunset air tour in a Cessna or an exhilarating acrobatic flight in our Waco biplane.
Take advantage of these long days and this beautiful summer weather by flying with OBX Airplanes!
Nags Head Beach Nourishment
You will notice quite a bit of activity on the beach this summer in Nags Head. The town of Nags Head is conducting a beach nourishment project that will last the duration of the summer. The project has already begun south of the Limulus beach access in South Nags Head with the dredge Ellis Island pumping sand onto the beach. Work will continue south to the town / National Park Service line at Ramp 1. Operations will then pick up near Pelican Street and move north to the Outer Banks Fishing Pier and then on to Jennette’s Pier.
A second dredge, Liberty, will begin pumping sand through a second submerged pipeline that is installed between Conch Street and Hallowell Street. Nourishment is scheduled to progress north to milepost 11 and then return to the Conch / Hallowell area and move south to Jennette’s Pier.
It will be interesting to see this project underway from the point of view of an airplane! OBX Airplanes’ air tours and biplane rides can fly over the nourishment area to check out the dredges and heavy equipment moving tons of sand to protect our beaches from erosion. Again, our air tours are customizable, so where we fly is up to you!
If you want to take a closer look at the nourishment project from the air, we will be happy to fly you over the beaches of Nags Head before heading on to the iconic landmarks of the Outer Banks like the Wright Brothers National Memorial and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
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!