Our Aircraft

 
Florida Air Tours is the leading provider of quality aerial sightseeing and flight experience tours in Central Florida. Started on the Space Coast in 2010 as Florida Biplanes, we have given tours to over 7,500 satisfied customers. In 2012, we added rotor wing tours and became Florida Biplanes & Helicopters. In 2014 we grew into the Orlando area and became Florida Air Tours.
 

We are fully committed to providing excellent customer service and the very highest levels of safety. We operate commercial sightseeing tours under a Letter of Authorization from the FAA, as per FAR 91.147
 

We are a privately owned Florida Corporation, headquartered in Merritt Island. As an active and responsible participant in the local and regional community, we are proud to donate thousands of dollars worth of tours to charitable, non-profit, and humanitarian causes every year.
 

WAH-CO (sounds like Taco)

 

The Waco Aircraft Company (WACO) was an aircraft manufacturer located in Troy, Ohio. Between 1919 and 1947, the company produced a wide range of civilian biplanes. The company initially started under the name Weaver Aircraft Company of Ohio but changed its name to the Waco Aircraft Company in 1928/1929.
 

Waco’s history started in 1919 when businessmen Clayton J Brunker and Elwood Junkin met barnstorming pilots Charley Meyers and George Weaver. Although their initial floatplane design was a failure, they went on to found the Waco company in 1920 and established themselves as producers of reliable, rugged planes that were popular with traveling businessmen, postal services and explorers, especially after the company began producing closed-cabin biplane models after 1930 in addition to the open cockpit biplanes.
 

The Waco name was extremely well represented in the U.S. civil aircraft registry between the wars, with more Waco’s registered than the aircraft of any other company. Production types including open cockpit biplanes, cabin biplanes and cabin sesquiplanes (known by Waco as Custom Cabins) as well as numerous experimental types.
 

Waco civilian designations describe the configuration of the aircraft. The first letter lists the engine used, the second the specific type, and the third the general series.
 

Waco UPF-7 Second-most produced variant, with over 600 built. Today there are less than 100 of these wonderful machines flying world-wide and we feel very fortunate to have two of them!
 

Our WACO Biplanes

 

N30146 – The “WACO Belle”

 

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Our first WACO was delivered on November 16th, 1940, to Wiggins Airways in Massachusetts (which, incredibly, is still in business today!!). She trained pilots almost daily throughout the war. In the winter-time, she was even equipped with snow skis.
 

After the war ended, she traded owners a few times, living in Ohio, Michigan, Arizona, and California, where she was most recently restored. Although she never served in the U.S. Navy, the father/son team who restored her were ex-Navy and decided to paint her that way.
 

She found one more owner and spent a few years in upper Michigan before she was “discovered” by Florida Air Tours and brought to her current home in Florida.

Specifications:
 

Model: UPF-7
Manufacture Date: November 16th, 1940
S/N: 5543
Registration: N30146
Length: 23′ 1″
Wingspan: 30′
Crew: 1 Pilot & 2 Passengers
Engine: Jacobs R-755 B2 – 275HP
Prop: Hamilton Standard 2B20 Constant Speed
Empty Weight: 1870 lbs
Gross Weight: 2880 lbs
Max Airspeed: 215 mph
Cruise Airspeed: 125 mph
Stall Speed: 49 mph
Takeoff Distance: 325′
Landing Distance: 425′
 

N30169 “Miss Liberty”

 

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Our second WACO was delivered to the Bridgeport Flying Service in Connecticut in March of 1941, where she immediately began training military cadets.
 

Shortly thereafter, she was purchased by Mr. George Barone and trained pilots at the Wurtsboro Airport in New York for the remainder of the war and up thru 1947, when she was put into long-term storage.
 

Mr. Barone owned several WACOs, and his sons later restored two of them. Our WACO was restored in 1991, and stayed in the family until 2010. After a brief stop in Ocean City, Maryland, she was adopted by Florida Air Tours.
 

Specifications
 

Model: UPF-7
Manufacture Date: March 5th, 1941
S/N: 5566
Registration: N30169
Length: 23′ 1″
Wingspan: 30′
Crew: 1 Pilot & 2 Passengers
Engine: Continental W670-6A – 220HP
Prop: MT 28R132
Empty Weight: 1870 lbs
Gross Weight: 2650 lbs
Max Airspeed: 215 mph
Cruise Airspeed: 115 mph
Stall Speed: 49 mph
Takeoff Distance: 325′
Landing Distance: 425′

 

Frank Robinson began his career in 1957 at the Cessna Aircraft Company working on the CH-1 Skyhook helicopter. Robinson went on to spend a year at Kaman Aircraft working on gyrodyne-type rotorcraft, followed by two years at Bell Helicopter where he earned a reputation as a tail rotor expert. In 1969, he moved to Hughes Helicopter Company to work on a variety of R&D projects, including a new tail rotor for the Hughes 500 helicopter and the quiet helicopter program.
 

Unable to interest any of his employers in his concept for a small, low-cost helicopter, Robinson resigned from Hughes and in June of 1973 founded Robinson Helicopter Company (RHC) in his Palos Verdes home. The first R22 prototype was built in a tin hangar at the nearby Torrance Airport, and in August of 1975, Robinson flew the R22 on its first flight. The first R22 was delivered in late 1979 and soon became the world’s top selling civil helicopter. The R22 holds the most world records in its weight class including speed and altitude.
 

In the mid-1980s, Robinson began to develop the four-seat R44 helicopter, which took its first flight in March of 1990. FAA certification was received in late 1992, and deliveries began in 1993. In 2002, the Raven II, an R44 with a fuel-injected engine was introduced and the R44 quickly became the company’s best-selling helicopter. By the end of 2010, more than 5000 R44 helicopters had been delivered worldwide.
 

Our Robinson R44

 

N7282A “Goldie”

 
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Specifications
 

Model: Robinson R-44
Manufacture Date: April 11, 2006
S/N: 11182
Registration: N7282A
Length: 38′ 4″
Height: 10′ 9″
Crew: 1 Pilot & 3 Passengers
Engine: Lycoming IO-540-AE
Empty Weight: 1500 lbs
Gross Weight: 2500 lbs
Max Airspeed: 150 mph
Cruise Airspeed: 120 mph