5 Places to fly over in Florida

One of the most incredible things about flying is that you get to see some of the world’s most amazing view from airplane. Especially in Florida there are hundreds of serene spots all around you. Florida has the best weather throughout the whole year which makes flying so much fun and as a result you get to see some breathtaking views.



1.Key West trip

Any student trained to become a pilot in Florida must take this trip from any airport in Florida to Key West. It is one of the best trips you can have in your career. Whichever part you come from, in Florida you can land at either Miami executive airport or Home base Airport to re-fuel if needed and get ready to catch some of the amazing view from your cockpit.

Once the land ends with southern glades you will be above the sea waters and will see only part connecting is US highway 1. You will be flying over Key Largo, Plantation Key and marathon to finally reach Key West. Not only flying is the best part to Key West but this beautiful city offers tons of water sports with stunning beaches as well.


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2.South Beach, Miami

South beach is one of the top destinations for visitors. This beach is flooded with thousands of tourists from around the world all year around. From the beach you can experience the beautiful views as the nice breeze hits your face. But only the lucky few have got chance to fly over South Beach. Above the water you can even fly low as 100ft and may be do a 360 degree turn just to show off your skills to the tourists. It’s the thrill that can only be felt rather than explaining it through words. This is a must for any pilot who visits Florida.



3.John Travolta’s Ocala Home

If you have watched movies such as Face off, Sword fish or Pulp Fiction you will be a big fan of John Travolta acting just like me. But after I flew over his house in Ocala, Florida with 7500ft private runway and the beautiful design of his home, I just couldn’t resist admiring his talent in taste of house design as well. He is a well known pilot and have 5 aircrafts includes B707 and Learjet. You get to fly over his entire property but unless you are in an emergency you cannot land on his private airport.


Aerial view of Florida Everglades


South Florida is also known for its pristine white sandy beaches, crystal blue water, exhilarating night life and amazing shopping, yet there is still so much more to see. One of the most unique ecosystems in the world is right at your doorstep in Sunny South Florida is the Florida Everglades!

The natural untouched beauty of the Florida Everglades will mesmerize you and what better way to see all that nature has to offer than from an incredible bird’s eye view. Commonly you will see birds, alligators, manatees, dolphins, deer and sharks as you fly over the area’s lakes, bays, rivers and saw grass prairies and even Calusa Indian Shell Mounds.



5.Theme parks

Even though you are restricted to fly over some of the theme parks such as Disney, you can still get a great view from your cockpit from allowed distance. Florida is a theme park heaven with more than 15 theme parks and water parks across.

Flying from one to another theme park you will catch breathtaking sceneries of beautiful Florida. You can always land the plane at the airport close to the theme park and spend a day in one of the many world famous theme parks.



I choose my instructor by recommendation from one of my friends in the flight school. I soon realized he is such a great skilled instructor with lots of passion and dedication towards flying. I had great few flight lessons till I came across on one flight about an outraging personality when I made a mistake he shouted and screamed towards me. Every time he shouts in the plane I lose my focus and started to do many more mistakes. I started to get scared of flying with him as if I was flying with a snake that could bite me any second. Even though I stuck by this instructor throughout my private pilot lesson I hated every moment I was flying with him. I do regret now that I had bit of courage to face him and to tell him that if he is going to carry on this manner I will change the instructor.
My instructor has strict personality which makes it difficult to have friendly talk with him or even difficult to ask any question about aviation and my flying. Usually my instructor turns up to the flight just the minute before I start the engine and goes away as soon as I land and switch off the engine. Even though for a long time I get charged for preflight and post flight but I find difficult to question him. Thirty minutes ground I get charged for each flight. It doesn’t seem too much money for 30 minutes but it adds on when you fly over fifty flights. when I talk about this to other students it seems like many students goes through the same issue with their instructor which made me think this issue it just common in the flight schools.
My course fee had been quoted as $45,500. The school did mention this price is for 40 hours of private pilot license and they did inform me most of the students completed around 50 hours to 60 hours. So I expected couple of $1000 to increase it to a final price. But when I checked my school account on the day I got my instrument rating, I have spent around $49000 already. I still have multi engine commercial license pending and also 30hours of hours building. This is going to push the price more than $15000 than quotation quoted price. The school knows that once you start your training you just have to agree the price and pay for it without questioning them. That’s what many students did in the past. I can see that these extra charges will carry on in this flight training industry.
I started my job in USA after years of saving and clear research. I found this company in India and they guaranteed an airline pilot job as soon u complete your commercial license. It’s a dream come true for any student pilot to start a training and to know you will be flying for a airline as soon as you finish the training especially when you have spend over 40000$. The job confirmation they provided us didn’t look fake to me as the document had job details and an approved stamp from aviation authorities. Once I completed my training, I returned to India in such a joy that my parents are going to see their son as first officer in an airline. All my dreams just shattered when I went to the office in India to find out when I can start my job. It completely shocked me when they told that I am on a waiting list with other pilots and that they couldn’t tell me the exact time period for a job and I need to wait. Be careful of these fake agents and companies.
After a month of training I went for a flight as unusual, when I requested my flight log and the keys from dispatcher lady. She informed me that my account is negative. I was completely shocked because I have deposited fifteen thousand dollars a month ago. I asked her to print my account detail to check where my money went? She printed out my sheets of my flight detail of my account for the last month. In that account, I noticed that they charged me $3000 of administration fee which they never mentioned anywhere on the website or the document they had sent me with the acceptance letter before I started the training. When I complained about this to the school office I got a simple answer “every student get this fee charged”. I was very disappointed and argued a lot regarding this matter to finally realize that I have just have accepted this fee and carry on with my training. After this incident I make sure that I check my account regularly if there are anymore hidden charges applied from nowhere.
Some flight school use desperate measures and try to exploit the situation of the new instructors from abroad. Once they finish the training, the school owners knows that these new instructors wants to build hours and get experience rather than go back to their own country. I only know these details after several of my flights. My instructor never showed any enthusiasm towards the trainee but he wanted to fly many hours every week. When I asked others students they explained to me my instructors doesn’t get paid for his work. It came clearly to me that you can’t expect someone to give 100 % when they don’t get paid for the job they do. By the time I changed the instructor that I already flew 32 hours without even get my solo since then I changed my instructor I wish I had done this sooner.