Red Cat Biplane Flights offer one of the best adventure activities
in New Zealand. Check out our video here!
Altitude achieved: +12,000 feet
Time in air: Over one hour
Distance flown: 180 km
Passengers carried: Two
Described by an Australian visitor as the "best of the
ten best things in the world to do", the flight departs from the Aviation
Adventures base at Pukaki Airport near Twizel on the main road from
Christchurch to Queenstown. Climbing steadily over the turquoise glacial
waters of Lake Pukaki, the two passengers in the front seat get unobstructed
views of Mt Sefton and the Tasman Glacier as Mt Cook is approached
from the south.
The big advantage of flying in an open-cockpit aircraft
is that its possible to take crystal-clear photos - not possible
when shooting through the Perspex windows of a standard scenic flight
"tin can" aircraft. Just look at the photo to the right, which was
taken from the biplane in January 2013!
Over 180 km flown.
From Mt Cook, the route continues west of Mt Tasman and
then out over the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers (lower photograph).
On the return journey to Pukaki, passengers fly west of Mt Sefton
and then down the Ben Ohau mountains above the Dobson River.
Leather flying jackets and helmets, goggles and white
flying scarves are supplied - perfect for photos in front of the
aircraft after the flight. In addition, blankets are supplied to keep
your legs warm and additional clothing such as gloves are available.
The Red Cat Biplane Flights aircraft is an
American-built Grumman Super Ag-Cat. Originally used for agricultural
spraying, it was designed with safety in mind. It is powered by a Pratt
and Whitney 450 horsepower Wasp Junior radial engine - a classic! On
all our flights, passengers fly "first class" up the front!
All Mt Cook flights are subject to suitable
weather. Bookings are essential. If you want to experience "the
best of the ten best things in the world to do", phone Chris free
on 0800 REDCAT (0800 733 228). For details on other flight options,
please click on link below: