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Kona Coast by Air

73-200 Kupipi St, Kona International Airport, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-2645
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I just learned about trikes pretty recently so when I saw there was the opportunity to fly one in... read more

Reviewed February 19, 2018
katie b
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fun and interesting flight

Always wanted to fly in an ultralight. Brandon's introductory course and flight over Kona was... read more

Reviewed January 15, 2018
Trent B
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Take advantage of the opportunity to see the stunning blue and turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean from a bird's-eye view. Enjoy the hands-on, interactive, introductory lesson in one of the safest aircrafts flying today. You'll fly with an FAA Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) learning the basics of piloting a Weight Shift Control (WSC) trike.
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Hours Today: 6:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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73-200 Kupipi St, Kona International Airport, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-2645
This attraction is at Keahole Airport
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Reviewed February 19, 2018

I just learned about trikes pretty recently so when I saw there was the opportunity to fly one in Hawaii I immediately booked a lesson. It is so cool! Brandon is the instructor and pilot and an all around great guy. He explains things thoroughly...More

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Reviewed January 15, 2018

Always wanted to fly in an ultralight. Brandon's introductory course and flight over Kona was fantastic. We learned the basics of weight control flying, air foil physics, pre flight checks, etc, etc. I got to handle the controls for a bit in the air. The...More

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Brandon B, Owner at Kona Coast by Air, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2018

Aloha Trent! Thanks for taking the time to share your experience by leaving a review. It was a pleasure meeting you and Suzanne. Mahalo!! 🤙🏼

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Reviewed January 8, 2018

I cannot say enough positives about our experience with Brandon and Kona Coast by Air. My two kids and myself went for the hour discovery experience/flight training and we all came back hooked on flying the trike. We were able to see the Kona Coast...More

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Brandon B, Owner at Kona Coast by Air, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2018

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience. You have a great family, and each of you are naturals at piloting a trike! It was truly my pleasure. Mahalo and aloha! 🤙🏼

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Reviewed December 30, 2017

My wife and I flew with Brandon just before Christmas. It was a terrific experience that's really a mix of everything - low key flight instruction, incredible sight seeing, and a few thrills along the way. The photos and videos are even more incredible than...More

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Brandon B, Owner at Kona Coast by Air, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2018

Thank you very much for the kind words and taking the time to share your experience. I’m lucky that this activity seems to attract the best sort of people. It was a pleasure working with you two! Mahalo and aloha! 🤙🏼

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Reviewed December 11, 2017

My mom and I were looking for a thrill-seeking adventure to take while she was visiting me from NH and this was definitely the one! Not only is it a beautiful way to see this part of the island, it also teaches you about the...More

Thank Alex W
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Brandon B, Owner at Kona Coast by Air, responded to this reviewResponded December 12, 2017

You guys were great! I'm so happy to have been a memorable part of your mom's visit and add some extra fun to the birthday celebrations. The awesome review is greatly appreciated. Mahalo!!

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Reviewed December 2, 2017

Flew with Brandon November 27, 2017. Technically, this is not a sightseeing tour, although you do see awesome sights; it's an actual flying lesson (you can take the control or not while in the cruise). This makes it a much more worthwhile experience. Brandon's love...More

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Brandon B, Owner at Kona Coast by Air, responded to this reviewResponded December 12, 2017

Mahalo!! Thank you for your accurate description and thoughtful compliments. I'm very glad you enjoyed it so much. Looking forward to the next time!

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Reviewed November 24, 2017

Ok so this is a thrill-seeking adventure that is accessible to most people - and Brandon is very friendly and professional!

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Brandon B, Owner at Kona Coast by Air, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2017

Mahalo! Glad you enjoyed your flight, and thank you for taking time to leave a review. It's much appreciated! 🤙🏼

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Reviewed November 20, 2017 via mobile

As others have stated, the experience is absolutely amazing. Unlike parasailing which isn’t high enough (and only over the water) and a helicopter which is a far less intimate experience in the air, this gliding adventure offers the best way to view the west coast...More

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Brandon B, Owner at Kona Coast by Air, responded to this reviewResponded November 22, 2017

Awesome! I couldn't be happier that your experience was so positive. Thank you so much for the kind words and clearly articulating your adventure for others to consider. Mahalo!!

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Reviewed December 31, 2016

Brandon was an excellent host. My entire family had a blast. Not only had amazing views, but was able to learn a lot about flying at the same time. Totally worth it!

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Brandon B, Owner at Kona Coast by Air, responded to this reviewResponded December 12, 2017

Mahalo!! 🤙🏼

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Reviewed December 27, 2016 via mobile

Incredible experience, a must do on the Big Island. Brandon was most accommodating to book a Christmas morning flight for my daughter and I. We both loved it. I have done the helo flights of the island, but this is much better. Brandon educates you...More

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Brandon B, Owner at Kona Coast by Air, responded to this reviewResponded December 12, 2017

Thank you so much for the review and recommendation! Mahalo! 🤙🏼

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