Air Combat USA: FAQ
The Marchetti SF-260
Are Gift Certificates Available?
Yes! Air Combat USA offers a unique Gift Certificate. We personalize
our propmotional DVD with a message customzed by YOU that scrolls
across the screen before the movie begins (for example, Happy
Birthday! Love, Jane). This promotional DVD is approximately four
minutes long and shows awesome aerial footage.
|"Paul Harding, a 46-year-old executive from Manhattan,
usually flies on commercial air lines, but also likes flying
the unfriendly skies. 'After I tried this the first time,
I was hooked,' he said. 'I've gone three times and I hope
to go up again."'
How safe is it?
Air Combat USA is absolutely committed to safety. Our aircraft
are maintained in strict accordance with the Federal Air Regulations
and our instructors, both military and civilian, have enviable
credentials. Most are former military pilots from the Air Force,
Navy and Marine Corps., several are graduates of Red Flag and
the Navy Fighter Weapons School. Biographies of each instructor
pilot are available upon request. The military rules of engagement
establish safe minimum altitudes and distances between the airplanes
throughout the maneuvers. Our proven training techniques will
put you at ease at the controls and give you the confidence to
execute even the most complex air combat maneuvers.
Do people ever suffer motion sickness
while engaging in air combat?
Based on our experience, less than 10% of our guest pilots
suffer from motion sickness. We attribute this low rate to the
fact that you are in control of the aircraft. You are far less
likely to become ill while in control than as a passenger. Secondly,
you will be taught to focus on your opponent at all times; not
the horizon. This will not only ensure you get the kill, it will
provide a more stable reference point. Nonetheless, this is your
experience. Should at any time during the flight, you begin to
feel uncomfortable, simply lighten up on the controls and tell
your instructor. He will do what he can to make your flight more
The view's not bad either!
What kind of people do this?
Air Combat USA's customers come from all walks of life and
ages. Katrina Mumaw flew her first mission at age eight. Helen
Wallace is a great-grandmother from Washington and after flying
Phase I, has returned to fly Phases II and III. in general, 9O%
of our customers are either armchair fighter pilots who dream
of such an experience, or adventure seekers who are continually
stretching the edges of the envelope.
Do I need any flying experience?
Most of our customers do not have a pilot's license, and many
have never flown in a single-engine aircraft. Any advantage a
pilot may have over a non-pilot is soon neutralized when they
take the stick of the Marchetti and engage in aerial dogfights.
Can I do this? Will I have fun?
Absolutely! Second only to safety is our pledge to you to
have FUN! FUN! FUN! It is an experience you will talk about and
remember forever. Everyone can do it. During your mission you
will be continually coached by your instructor pilot to ensure
a successful mission, and you will walk away with a unique sense
of achievement that will be difficult to top.
How does a customer sign up for Advanced
A customer may register for Air Combat by calling our office
in Sarasota, FL. Advanced Phases focus on more complex maneuvers
and appeal to the frustrated fighter pilot or aviation enthusiast.
Many Air Combat USA locations make great family getaways with
reasonable lodging and a variety of local attractions
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