Our most frequently asked questions

Costs for it

How much does it cost?
Why is the ‘On Call’ flyover more expensive than the ‘Time On Target’ option?
Do you provide flyovers at no cost for bereaved families of fallen service members?
What is the most planes you can put up for a flyover?

Planning it

I’m considering this for my Dad’s veteran service at a National Memorial. Are you allowed to fly over those cemeteries?
Can you guys also do an aerobatic display over our wedding this coming June?
I see some of those planes have Red Stars on them. My Dad would only have wanted American planes. Can we have just stars and bars and no Red Stars?

Recording it

The air to air videos on here are great. Is a video of our flyover from inside the planes included in the price?

Being part of it

I’d be honored to be in the lead plane over my Dad’s ceremony. Are family members allowed in the flyover?

Coordinating it

I’m considering you guys for a flyover at our Little League opener. How low can you go?
Is that smoke unsafe for children?
The opening ceremony might go on a bit past dark. Do you do night flyovers?
Our Little League field is right by a major airport. Does that mean no flyovers for our Event?
It looks awesome when the planes come over the crowd with smoke on. Can you patch the audio of the pilots talking to each other down to our event like at airshows?
We’re having a party on my buddy’s boat, probably be about five to ten miles off shore. Could you guys do a beat up over our boat?
We need the flight to come from a certain direction because of where the stage will be, can you do that?
Does an FAA official need to be present at our ceremony for you guys to do a flyover?
How many passes will you do over the ceremony?
My deceased father wasn’t in the Military, does that mean the ‘Missing Man’ cannot be performed? It’s very moving and it would mean a great deal to Mum.
We’re thinking of skipping the cemetery and just having a ceremonial flyover over our house. Can the lead plane drop ashes?
We don’t want to give you a hard time for the flyover, but my Aunty will be driving down from Yorba LInda and it would be awful if traffic delayed her and she missed it or something. What do you suggest?
If it’s raining on the day we booked, will your team still fly over?
What if there’s bad weather on the day?

Costs for it

How much does it cost?

We can give you an accurate online estimate if you’d care to register some personal details and fill out an online form. Register for an account at our ‘Registration’ page and then see our ‘Booking‘ page after registering. You’ll choose a date, how many planes are needed, the location with zip code and whether the planes turn up over the event at an exact time you have specified, (this is called TIME ON TARGET) or, if it’s important they flyover only at a special point in the ceremony, we’ll need to place a person on the ground at your event who will be in radio contact with the flight (this is called ON CALL). The planes will hold out of sight until they are called in by radio. The better the coordination with your Master of Ceremonies, the better we can anticipate arriving at the correct moment. The second option is more expensive as you might imagine.
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Why is the ‘On Call’ flyover more expensive than the ‘Time On Target’ option?

‘On Call’ requires a team member with a radio at the ceremony, this is more costly. However, it gives you the flexibility for last minute speeches going a little longer with appropriate dignity while the aircraft are somewhere out of sight burning fuel while they wait – so that flexibility comes at a price.
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Do you provide flyovers at no cost for bereaved families of fallen service members?

No. It’s unlikely that a special case could be made for this. Each of the pilots donate their time to fly these events and the airplanes consume several hundreds of dollars of fuel and oil for each flight.
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What is the most planes you can put up for a flyover?

There isn’t an actual maximum, however since customers pay per plane, more than four or five becomes quite expensive. We encourage you to fill out a ‘Booking’ form to open a discussion about your event.
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Planning it

I’m considering this for my Dad’s veteran service at a National Memorial. Are you allowed to fly over those cemeteries?

Yes. We regularly coordinate flyovers over National Cemeteries.
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Can you guys also do an aerobatic display over our wedding this coming June?

No. While we can perform flyovers for weddings, we cannot do aerobatic displays over assembled groups of people. It has been found in the past that this does not end well if something were to go wrong. Take our word for it – or see what the FAA thinks. They wrote a rule especially about this. You can search on FAR 91.303. Flyovers as described here? Yes. Aerobatics? No. Sorry.
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I see some of those planes have Red Stars on them. My Dad would only have wanted American planes. Can we have just stars and bars and no Red Stars?

You certainly can. This is a common request and we are happy to oblige. You should know, though, that those aircraft are owned and flown by red-blooded Americans and the Russian insignia is just for fun, recognizing the origins and history of the Russian planes themselves. We are sensitive to the reaction that foreign insignia can create though, and this is not the first time this request has been made and complied with.
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Recording it

The air to air videos on here are great. Is a video of our flyover from inside the planes included in the price?

No. But once you have booked, your assigned Flight Lead is your coordinator for everything. Perhaps there could be a way….?
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Being part of it

I’d be honored to be in the lead plane over my dad’s ceremony. Are family members allowed in the flyover?

Unfortunately, no. The FAA has a firm rule on planes in formation and them being in formation for hire. It’s against the law. Do a search on FAR 91.111(c) and see what you think. We’re always a little surprised by this question. On the one hand it’s a very dynamic and dramatic thing to witness a precision flyover with planes just feet away from each other with zero relative motion, even more so from within the cockpit. On the other hand, the celebration of life going on on the ground is a once in a lifetime event for family and friends, so we advise that you’ll wish you hadn’t passed up being there on the ground with your loved ones in return for a thrill ride – which you do can anytime.
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Coordinating it

I’m considering you guys for a flyover at our Little League opener. How low can you go?

Great question. Luckily it’s out of our hands. The FAA say we cannot go any lower than 1000′ above the ground over congested areas or assemblies of people. Take our word for it or do a search on FAR 91.119. Here’s a link: https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/14/91.119
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Is that smoke unsafe for children?

Here’s a great explanation of the smoke that answers that question from the Blue Angels: “The smoke is produced by pumping biodegradable, paraffin-based oil directly into the exhaust nozzles of the aircraft, where the oil is instantly vaporized into smoke. The smoke provides a traceable path for spectators to follow, so they can see the flight profile that has been flown. It also enhances safety of flight by providing a valuable means by which the pilots can see each other during conditions of lowered visibility or haze. The smoke poses no hazard to the environment.”
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The opening ceremony might go on a bit past dark. Do you do night flyovers?

No. For safety reasons, we would not plan a flyover we knew beforehand would be in complete darkness. However, this question is a great example of how the Flight Lead must make decisions on the actual day. They may determine that the flight is close enough to dusk and there is enough light to perform your flyover safely. During hours of daylight, they may equally decide that unexpected weather conditions, low cloud or nearby rain showers constitute enough of a safety of flight risk that the flyover should be postponed or cancelled.
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Our Little League field is right by a major airport. Does that mean no flyovers for our event?

No, it does not. As a routine part of every flight, the Flight Leader coordinates with nearby airport controllers. Only in some very rare circumstance, such as the President visiting the area or some local emergency, would flyovers be a problem.
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It looks awesome when the planes come over the crowd with smoke on. Can you patch the audio of the pilots talking to each other down to our event like at airshows?

No. We are not currently set up to do this.
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We’re having a party on my buddy’s boat, probably be about five to ten miles off shore. Could you guys do a beat up over our boat?

Great question. No. We can do flyovers as described on this website, but not aerobatics. Again, the FAA have made it a question we don’t even need to agonize over. There are six criteria where aerobatics are prohibited and the second one is ‘ Over an open air assembly of persons’ which sounds like you guys. But don’t take our word for it, search on Federal Air Regulation FAR 91.303.
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We need the flight to come from a certain direction because of where the stage will be, can you do that?

Yes. Once you have made your booking a Flight Lead will be assigned to you to cover every aspect of the performance. The arrival direction is just one of many details they will be clarifying with you. This is routine.
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Does an FAA official need to be present at our ceremony for you guys to do a flyover?

No. For ceremonial flights over urban locations this has never been necessary. Please contact us if you have some special conditions pertaining to your planned event.
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How many passes will you do over the ceremony?

Typically two passes. The flight’s first pass with ‘Smoke On’ will get the crowd’s attention. Once overhead it will be a minute or two until the formation returns. This second pass can be configured to suit the customer. You can read here about the

Missing Man

flight, or a simple formation change may be more suited to the event. After the noise and smoke of two passes, trust us, the crowd will have had quite enough.
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My deceased father wasn’t in the military, does that mean the ‘Missing Man’ cannot be performed? It’s very moving and it would mean a great deal to Mum.

Your booking can reflect whatever will make the flyover the most poignant, dramatic and memorable. Upon booking, these are the kinds of details your assigned Flight Lead can help you with.
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We’re thinking of skipping the cemetery and just having a ceremonial flyover over our house. Can the lead plane drop ashes?

No. We don’t drop ashes. You may be able to find specialty flight services that will though. All sorts of permits are required and it must usually take place at least three miles off shore…These FAR’s are great huh? FAR 91.15 is the one that specifically deals with dropping things from our aircraft. With ashes (although you didn’t mention it) you’d probably like the plane to fly low so everyone can see. Well, FAR 91.119 talks about minimum altitudes that planes should not fly below. So while we’d be glad to help you find a specialty service, we just do flyovers. And we’re good at that.
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We’d like to book a Time Over Target for the flyover, but my Aunty will be driving down from Yorba Linda and it would be awful if traffic delayed her and she missed it or something. What do you suggest?

Great question. Happens all the time. From the time you book, your Flight Lead coordinator will be in regular communication, right up to the day of the event. For example, even if everything has gone right up to that moment, your Flight Lead or our person on the ground will make a phone call to verify that it still makes sense to launch the flight at the time that was planned. If there were to be an unforeseen delay at the event, we would delay taking off. And of course there has to be a reasonable limit to how long the ceremony can be delayed. You’ll be impressed by the degree of organization and time management, because putting four or five planes in the right place at the right time takes planning and practice. This is what we train for. The ‘Time over Target’ option does not sound like the right choice in the situation you describe, and this is why the ‘On Call’ option is popular.
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If it’s raining on the day we booked, will your team still fly over?

It depends. Light rain that’s annoying if you are attending an event may still be safe for airplanes to fly in. There are rules about visibility and low clouds but, on the day, the Flight Lead takes all this into account before the flight takes off. Safety is number one.
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What if there’s bad weather on the day?

We want to make your event memorable as much as you want us there, but we reserve the right to make safety the number one priority. Luckily, in Southern California what you describe is rare. If we cancel, a pre-agreed amount will be refunded. You’ll have all this information in writing once your booking is made.
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