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HOME BASE LVK - Livermore, CA

Pitts S-2C for California sky thrills, aerobatics, upset training, bush pilot flying and special event flyovers

45 minutes by car from San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
30 minutes by car from Oakland International Airport (OAK)
40 minutes by car from San Jose International Airport (SJC)

Can’t make it to us? We’ll fly to you!
Call 800-644-7382 for relocation pricing.


Johnny D, John De Gennaro, Chief Pilot, California Sky School


Specialized Flight Training for Non-Pilots, New Pilots & Seasoned Pros


Featured Adventure

Learn to perform air combat maneuvers out over the ocean. Enjoy the incredible view! It’s an air combat adventure without an enemy.


Featured Aircraft

The Pitts S-2c is a world-class aerobatic closed-cockpit biplane, rated for +6/-5 G’s. The Pitts features tandem (frontback) seating and reaches speeds in excess of 200 mph.



Q: What does a session at California Sky School cost?

A: Our basic program is $995 US and includes an hour of personalized ground instruction, roughly 45 minutes of flight time and flight video. Other options are available. Call for a custom quote.

Q: Are there any physical requirements for flying?

A: Flyers should be in good health and no taller than 6’6” and no heavier than 250 lbs.

Q: Do you offer gift certificates for California Sky School?

A: Yes. An extreme flying lesson makes a great gift!

Q: Can you accommodate a group of flyers?

A: Yes. We have multiple aircraft and several highly-qualified flight instructors. Aircraft can be relocated for special events.

Q: Do I have to be at least 18 to fly?

A: No. Flight training can begin at any age, but participants must be deemed mature enough by our pilot to understand and follow safety instructions. Anyone under 18 must be pre-approved to fly by one of our flight instructors and accompanied to the airfield by an adult or guardian.

Q: Will I get to fly the plane even if I don't have a Pilot's License?

A: Yes, you will get to fly. You don't need a Pilot's License to learn aerobatics.You will be controlling the plane for up to 80% of the time. Your instructor, who will be sitting behind you, will keep you out of trouble while coaching you through every maneuver.

Q: I have never been in a small plane before. Does this matter?

A: No. Even if you've never flown in a small plane before, we know you'll have an incredible time. Remember, it's YOUR adventure. If you love roller coasters and want to experience stomach-turning rolls and loops, you can. If you would be happier with a gentle flight, all you have to do is say so. We specialize in making a novice flyer feel like a pro...and an experienced pilot a better flyer. Each flight is tailored to your level of flight experience, desire and comfort.

Ask about Corporate Events & Fly-Overs!



John Dee Gannaro, Chief Pilot, California Sky School (aka California Sky Thrill)

“Johnny D”

John De Gennaro
Chief Pilot & Flight Instructor

You may have witnessed some of Johnny D’s incredible flying skills at an air show, back when he was a member of legendary air show performer Sean Tucker’s “Team Oracle”. Now, he’s XL Aviation’s Chief Pilot, and provides custom aerobatic, air combat and formation instruction to Incredible Adventures clients. He’s logged more than 1000 hours of dual instruction time and loves sharing his passion for flying inverted. Let Incredible Adventures and Johnny D turn your world upside down.

California Sky School (aka California Sky Thrills) flight over the desert

E-mail or call Incredible Adventures today for a full color brochure,
schedules, details and rates: 800 644-7382

Incredible Adventures/IA Worldwide, Inc. is an authorized marketing representative for XL Aviation, an FAA-approved flight school based in Livermore, CA. Aircraft are not owned, operated or maintained by Incredible Adventures.

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