Joy Flight FAQs

Joy Flights FAQ's

Is it safe to fly in a mid 1930's designed aeroplane?

The Joy Flight Waco was built in 2001 by master craftsmen working for the Classic Aircraft Corporation, Battle creek, Michigan. This thoroughbred took more than 5000 man hours to construct using materials superior to those used in the 1930’s. Examples are that the fuselage frame is made from high-strength 4130 Chrome Moly Steel and the wing spars are made from “aircraft grade” Sitka spruce (the best possible material for aircraft construction) and the wings are covered in Ceconite.

Must the pilot be informed of any disabilities or medical condition?

Yes, certain medical conditions preclude flight and disabled persons unfortunately cannot negotiate the steps & wing walk to enter the cockpit.

How many passengers do you take?

Two passengers with a combined weight of not more than 200 kg.

How long before the flight must I be at the airport?

30 minutes before take-off is adequate for the pre-flight briefing.

What should I wear?

Comfortable warm clothing. Have nothing on you that can break loose such as keys, loose change, pens, earrings etc. Please wear soft rubber sole shoes.

Should I eat before I fly?

Yes, eat light, small amounts of healthy food up to 2 hours before the flight.

What should I avoid before the flight?

Avoid alcohol for 12 hours before the flight.

Are children allowed to fly?

No children under 15 years of age.

Can I bring a camera?

Yes, cameras are safe but keep them on a lanyard/strap. Taking photos with a mobile phone is not recommended as the slipstream could remove it from your hand.

What engine does the plane have?

The original Waco’s had a 225Hp Jacobs R775 seven cylinder radial engine designed and used during WWII. Your Waco has an upgraded 275Hp Jacobs R755 engine improved and modernised by Air Repair of Cleveland Mississippi.

Is the Waco certified for aerobatics?

Yes, with aerobatic load limits of 5.2Gs and -2.1Gs but no aerobatic flight will be undertaken during your trip.

Are we able to talk to the pilot whilst flying?

Yes, each passenger will have a headset with intercom connection.

What about bad weather & rain?

If the weather is inclement, we will contact you & reschedule your Joy Flight.

Do you have a cancellation policy?

Yes, all cancellations must be made 48 hours prior to departure time for refund or reschedule.