14 February 2017

Top 10 Most Romantic Views For a Flying Date

Brewing up some plans for the big V day? Where are you taking your Valentines date this February 14? 

It’s almost Valentines and if there aren’t enough reasons to be giddy about dating a pilot, here’s a post that would prove that. We’ve put together the top 10 most romantic views you can take your date for an unforgettable Valentines day date. 

Single? Get some friends together and no matter who you spend Valentines day with, these destinations will surely be a date to remember!

1. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Considered as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon offers a single 9,000-foot runway perfect for this intimate date. If you’re not familiar with the Grand Canyon Special Flight Rules, we suggest you study it first. Certain traffic patterns need to be observed but the majestic view will be worth the effort. 

You and your date (which can also be just yourself) will be able to fly over the 1.6 million-acre (6,500 km²) Kaibab National Forest and see from the top the world’s largest ponderosa pines. 

If you’d like to make the date more romantic by flying yourself, you can use the Grand Canyon VFR Aeronautical Chart to help you during the flight. Lodging is available all year round while you can park your plane for 24 hrs and get gas as well.

2. Great Exuma Islands, The Bahamas

From major airlines, charter planes to private planes, the Bahamas is a popular destination for those seeking paradise. One of the three international entry points is on the Exumas with a 7,000-foot runway. 

The Exumas is made up of 365 islands surrounded by the famous white sand beaches that the Bahamas are known for. From an aerial view, you and your date will love the long and narrow chain of islands glittering under the sun among the crystal blue waters. After a romantic date from the top, you can take your date to the numerous posh resorts in the archipelago.

3. Northern Lights in Iceland

Named after the Roman goddess of the dawn, the aurora borealis, now popularly called the Northern Lights is now a destination for travelers. Most spectators view the lights on the ground but you can also witness the natural coloured light displays while in the cockpit. 

This experience will not only impress your date but you as well. The lights are said to be a breathtaking view of the natural phenomena on Earth and it will surely change your ideas about the world. 

The best times to travel to see the lights would be in late October to November and February to March when solar activity is high. If you’re backpacking in Iceland and just want to fly out for the Northern Lights, a couple of flight schools are available in Reykjavik where you can rent an aircraft and even take an instructor on the trip.

Here's a really cool view from the cockpit by Alessio Perboni.

4. Mongolia

For a more provincial feel, Mongolia offers an amazing spread of green landscapes with tawny-rolling hills where the land and sky collide. The country is nicknamed the "Land of Blue Skies” since the whole year is filled with clear skies and sunny days. 

If you and your date are searching for a nature trip, Mongolia would be the ideal destination. You can land freely in a green field and create your own runway. Fly over Ikh Nart National Park and enjoy the striking natural greenery, rock formations, and wildlife that roams free in the area. It’s the perfect getaway from city life.

5. Chicago O'Hare 

One of the busiest airports in the world is Chicago O’Hare with big planes coming in from international points. Only a few small planes would attempt to land at this airport but it’s a dream destination. Chicago offers a fantastic view of the city skyline and flying down at night is a romantic affair you and your date will remember. 

Although it’s a rare occasion that small planes request for landing, it’s possible to be granted access to their busy runway. Check this gutsy pilot who requested landing into Chicago O’Hare’s airport.

6. Geneva, Switzerland

From the cockpit of a Ju-52 by Alex Teuscher on 500px.com

Geneva comes second as the busiest private jet destination in Europe. It’s a popular starting point to get to the Swiss Alps and the flight itself is fun and exciting. Numerous helicopters and private jets fly in directly to ski resorts offering an aerial view of stunning glaciers and Lake Geneva. 

In 2016, The Telegraph wrote that it would be cheaper to take a private jet when you’re heading to the Alps over February half term over flying commercial. So if you’re around the area and planning a ski trip for V day, flying your date over the Alps would make for a more memorable date for sure! Imagine showing those landing skills and having your date hold on to you during the landing. Sweet sweet escape indeed!

7. Africa

Most may view Africa as poverty stricken, but the continent is made up of very diverse landscapes that have blossomed into a progressive paradise. If your date loves the outdoors and fond of adventures, Africa is a beautiful destination to go. The possibilities are endless and the destinations quite unique on its own. 

You can fly above Table Mountain prominent for its plateau structure. Sometimes you may chance upon low lying clouds hovering over the mountains. You can also fly over the dunes in Namibia or peek over the drop of Victoria Falls. You can also opt for a Safari adventure, passing thru running cheetahs and giraffes. 

8. The Peak, Hong Kong

Asia’s best shopping destination is Hong Kong. Now, a busy city with numerous towering skyscrapers, you can only imagine the colourful city lights that will greet you on your flight. It may be a small city but it also offers a wonderful view of the cityscape, The Peak which is Hong Kong’s highest mountain or the busy harbour bringing passengers across the outlying islands.

Since the city is now the centre of trade connecting China to international markets, flying in would have to be scheduled ahead of time. For a fantastic view of Hong Kong's skyline, you can fly from Hong Kong International Airport or Macau International Airport where both require at least three working days before the anticipated flight.

Flying and shopping might just be your perfect date activity!

9. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Best known for its amazing diving adventures like swimming with the sharks, the Great Barrier Reef also grants a majestic aerial view even from outer space. The blue expanse is an overwhelming deep blue with 900 distributed islands surrounding the 2900 individual reefs. 

If your date is a beach bum, this would be an equally exciting date which can be multiplied ten more times. You and your date would be able to see the indigo-stained waters coupled with swirls of golden sand touching the waves.

 A helicopter trip would be ideal which mostly takes off from Cairns. Take your date around the lovely blue expanse that can be enjoyed for 30mins to an hour depending on your flying options. You can hop on the shores after to enjoy the white sand shores or go diving to see exotic marine species like the white tip reef sharks and colourful coral gardens.

10. The Philippines

The Philippines is best known for its white sand beaches, whale shark adventures or the underground river which is named one of the 7 wonders of nature. At the same time, the Banaue Rice Terraces also claims the 8th wonder of the world which boasts a magnificent view. 

You have two options to fly around the terraces, by private plane or helicopter. There are three available airports near Banaue: Cauayan, Tugegarao and Bagabag airports. Bagabag airport is the closest point to the terraces. It was reported to have been closed due to an antenna tower obstruction at the Approach of Runway 09 preventing inbound flights from coming in. Although they serve fixed-wing aircrafts in their private airport. There is also an option to fly in from Manila, although it may take longer and more fuel—where you can land on a helipad of Banaue Hotel.

BONUS: The Great Blue Hole, Belize

There is no bigger mystery than what lies beneath under this natural blue hole off the coast of Belize. The Great Blue Hole (GBH) is a giant sinkhole found 70km from the mainland and boasts an enthralling aerial view of the indigo abyss which makes you wonder what awaits you below the surface—108m deep to be exact.

The Great Big Hole has been ranked number one by Discovery Channel in 2012 on "The 10 Most Amazing Places on Earth” list. It is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Fly your date over this romantic getaway and spend an hour relishing the summer sun, warm Belize air and enchanting deep blue barrier reef. If you’re a couple who dives, head on over after the flying tour to an underwater adventure. Witness the impressive stalactites and unique marine species of this 15,000 year old blue hole. 

There are numerous private airstrips throughout Belize so it should be easy to arrange flying in from different points of the world. The most popular and nearest air strip to the Blue Hole is Caye Caulker where you need to obtain permission 48 hours before landing at the Belize International Airport before connecting a flight there. Parking and landing fees are charged according to aircraft weight. 

So this is our guide to taking your Valentines Day date to the next level. Make sure to bring your handy Air Navigation Pro tool on these romantic flights to keep you safe and updated!

Pilots are indeed fortunate enough to see the world in a bird’s eye view. And it could not get any romantic than that. If you haven’t convinced your date yet, maybe let them read our post on the 7 Reasons Why You Should Date a Pilot!

Happy Valentines Day everyone! Have any flying date adventures? Share your story!

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1 comment :

  1. thanks for sharing this beautiful post i like it too much it is very much interesting one. this must be loved by the every tourists from all over the world.