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TropicBird Flight Service

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Address: Kona Airport, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
Phone Number: +1 808-895-4753
This attraction is at Keahole Airport

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The only way for a Mainland pilot to see the Big Island!

I went to the big Island intending to rent an airplane to go sightseeing. Unfortunately I found out that there is virtually no one that will rent Mainland pilots airplanes no... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 August 2016
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
via mobile

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

I went to the big Island intending to rent an airplane to go sightseeing. Unfortunately I found out that there is virtually no one that will rent Mainland pilots airplanes no matter what their skill level. What I did find was Tropicbird flight service. They will rent you an airplane along with flight instructor to circumnavigate the island or fly... More 

1 Thank barthman
San Jose, California
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

Mike took us for our first flying lesson and it was a blast. Mike not only teach how to fly with patience but also tell interesting stories about big island. The waterfall looks amazing, I don't think there is a better option for viewing the waterfall. Highly recommended and will definitely come back.

Thank Tony0821
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2016 via mobile

I highly recommend - it is an excellent school - the best in Hawaii :-) Mike - thank you very much for the wonderful lessons and breathtaking views! I'd want to come back here asap:)

Thank Ines G
Orlando Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2015

I went flying with Mike Lauro, classy guy with Integrity, went flew up and down the coast and had a blast, weather was to thick to fly coast to Volcanos and waterfalls, but trust me what we seen was great and his island pilot briefing educated me which I liked, if your a Pilot have fun its worth every penny,... More 

1 Thank rduenas
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2014

I flew with Tropicbird in December 2013 (the date selector here does not go back that far) and have been reliving the experience one year later with the photos and video taken during the flight. I am a private pilot license holder and wanted to see the Big Island from the air during my stay. I am very glad that... More 

Thank Chris M
Issaquah, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2014

I flew with Mike Lauro in late September 2014, and really loved the experience. We did the "Intro to Island Flying" course. As a fairly new Private Pilot with 150 hours total time, the vast majority of it in Cessna 172s, I was really excited to fly Tropicbird's Diamond DA20 Eclipse- because it is a low wing, because of its... More 

Thank Pat N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2014

We hooked up with CFI Terry Way from Tropic Bird Flight Service on 9/24/14 to take a big Island tour with my wife in the C-172M they have on the line. Terry was one of the best tour guides and CFI's I have ever flown with. His local knowledge of the islands is awesome and we had a super time... More 

Thank Dave G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2014

I have my PPL and was interested in doing some island flying while on vacation. Mike was very quick to respond to my inquiries and discuss what I was interested in doing. I ended up flying with TropicBird twice while on the Big Island. The first time Mike took me up to Upolu to do touch-and-gos and basically orient me... More 

Thank yellowstoner
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2013

We have taken helicopter tours of the four big Hawaiian Islands but thought it would be fun to try a small plane this time. My husband is a private pilot so we contracted Tropic Bird to offer plane + instructor. We met with Terry who was awesome to fly with. He was very passionate about flying and the Big Island.... More 

Thank ninaf
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2013

We had originally planned a multi-island excursion but the weather was such that we were only able to tour north and south from the airport for a little over an hour. Intrepid aviator Terry was a terrific tour guide and very competent instructor. Even though we had been to Kona before, it was great to see things from an airborne... More 

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