What is the Aviation Adventure Industry?
When a unique product or service is found to be marketable, it soon goes from being offered by one company to being offered by numerous companies, spawning an “industry”. Often, an industry results from a product or service’s fulfillment of a need; however, industries can also result from products and services that fulfill our wants and dreams, such as our desire for great adventure, an example of which can be seen in the aviation adventure industry.
The aviation adventure industry is composed of companies that offer trained and untrained pilots the opportunity to pilot a real military fighter plane. However, most of the industry’s clientele don’t possess previous flight experience. Yes, that’s right; you don’t even need to possess a pilot’s license to pilot a fighter plane while performing an array of aerobatic flight maneuvers. While this might sound dangerous and illegal, it’s actually quite safe and above board. When you embark your adventure flight, an experienced fighter pilot will fly with you as your copilot. Due to planes’ dual controls, the fighter pilot can take control of the aircraft whenever necessary.
Some companies in the aviation adventure industry specialize in adventure flights. But there are others that draw half of their business from flight adventures and the other half from offering professional pilots extensive safety training. Therefore, if you’re looking for the ultimate confirmation of safety, you can go with a company whose pilots specialize in recovering from a variety of uncontrolled flight patterns. Statistically, there’s a greater chance that you’ll experience ground impact while flying on an airliner than while taking an adventure flight with a trained fighter pilot. Unlike other pilots, fighter pilots are inherently equipped to resolve unusual flight situations on a regular basis.
Most companies in the aviation adventure industry offer two kinds of flight adventures: adventures that simulate air shows and adventures that simulate air combat. When you choose an air show adventure, you’ll perform or have the pilot perform for you the same maneuvers that you see in air shows around the world, including loops, hammerheads, cuban eights, tail slides, torque rolls, accelerated flat spins, outside loops, inverted spins, lomcevaks, knife-edge spins and tumbles. And when you choose a military adventure, you’ll aim a real gun sight at adversary aircraft, firing simulated bullets to the sound of real gunfire. In addition, you can participate in war games while executing a variety of tactical flight maneuvers, including high-speed low altitude flybys.
Aviation adventures appeal to a broad variety of people who have one thing in common: the desire to experience the adventure of a lifetime. To take an adventure flight all you have to prove is that is 6’6″ or shorter, weigh 240 or less pounds and are without serious heath conditions that could be worsened by vigorous flight. If you meet these criteria and you’ve been dreaming of a supreme adventure, the aviation adventure industry is waiting to offer you an adventure that’s literally out of this world.