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Policies & FAQs2022-11-01T03:14:21+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

Should We Tip Our Pilot?2022-11-01T03:06:36+00:00

Tipping is common in the travel, tour and adventure industry. Tips are not obligatory, but are always appreciated and accepted with gratitude.  If you enjoyed your experience and choose to express this with a tip, please feel free to give any cash tips directly to any member of our team. If you would like to tip via credit card, please let us know and we can take care of this at the completion of the morning’s flight activities. What we generally see is an amount in the range of 5-20% of the total cost.

No-Show Policy2022-11-01T03:06:32+00:00

If you do not show up for your scheduled flight and do not contact us ahead of time, you will be charged the full amount of the flight since we will likely have turned other passengers away and will have incurred the costs of going ahead with your flight even though you did not show up.

If you are running late, are lost, or have other extenuating circumstances, please call as soon as you are able.

Cancellation Policy2022-11-01T03:06:29+00:00

A $20 per person fee will be assessed on cancellations made up until 72 hours prior to the scheduled meeting time on the morning of your flight. No Refund will be given if the flight is cancelled within 72 hours prior to the scheduled meeting time.

Any flight cancelled by us, Fly Taos Sky, due to weather, or any other reason, will receive a full refund of the cost of the flight.

We’re human, too. If you have extenuating circumstances forcing a cancellation, please call us to discuss.

Weather Cancellations2022-11-01T03:06:25+00:00

Flight Seeing is a fair-weather activity that is entirely dependent on favorable weather conditions. The determination to cancel a flight due to weather, or any other reason, is always at the discretion of the Pilot and is made with everyone’s safety and well-being in mind. We love flying and are just as eager to share the experience as you are, so please be understanding if we choose to cancel a flight due to weather. The old pilot’s adage holds true: “I’d rather be on the ground wishing I was in the air than in the air wishing I was on the ground.”

If the forecasted weather conditions are clearly not going to allow us to fly, then we will cancel the flight the night before and communicate with you as early as possible. Taos and the surrounding area is mountainous terrain with dynamic weather. The computer model forecasts do not always accurately reflect the real-time conditions in the microclimate of our flying area and there are times when the actual weather conditions in the field differ from what was forecasted. This works both in our favor and against us. We don’t like to waste your time or ours, but there is always the possibility that we may cancel the day of while meeting with you.

In either case, if there is an opportunity to reschedule your flight, then we can make those arrangements.

About Our Climate2022-11-01T03:06:20+00:00

The Town of Taos sits at 7,500 feet of elevation and is on a dry high-desert plateau. It can take a few days to acclimate to the altitude, dryness and intense sun.

If you are just arriving from lower elevations or a long day of travel and are feeling the effect of altitude and dehydration, it is usually helpful to drink lots of water, with electrolytes if possible. Cids Food market on the North side of town sells single-serving electrolyte packs that you can drop into a water bottle.

It’s useful to keep in mind that, until you acclimate, coffee will likely dehydrate you more quickly and one alcoholic beverage may feel like you just drank three of them.

Do I need to sign a waiver?2022-11-01T03:06:16+00:00

All passengers & pilots are required to sign a Release Form prior to flying with Fly Taos Sky. The link to the electronic Release Form will be sent to you in your email confirmation

Who can fly?2022-11-01T03:06:06+00:00

Passengers cannot have had recent surgeries (especially to legs, knees, hips, back, neck, etc.) in the last year. If you have any concerns about this, we recommend you consult your doctor prior to booking your flight.

If you are ill or just getting over an illness we do not recommend you fly. The pressure caused by flying at altitude can be painful and may cause you to feel nauseous, light headed, etc.

Passengers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Federal Aviation Regulations do not allow a person who appears to be intoxicated or who demonstrates by manner or physical indications that they are under the influence of drugs to fly in our aircraft. Please do not show up under the influence of drugs or use drugs while we are together (this includes Marijuana), as you will not be able to fly with us and will not be given a refund.

Passengers are accepted at the sole discretion of Fly Taos Sky. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason.

What about if I need accessibility accommodations?2022-01-22T21:34:32+00:00

Fly Taos Sky values inclusion and strives to be able to deliver the experience of flight to all individuals. With this said, general aviation may be limiting at times due to the size and configuration of the aircraft. Aircraft may be suited to accommodate guests needing accessibility dependent upon individual circumstances. Guests will need to be lifted and moved into the aircraft by individuals in their party. Arrangements need to be made prior to booking. Requests granted on a case by case basis. 

Will I feel sick?2022-01-22T21:34:11+00:00

If guests have any issues with motion sickness, heights, or confined spaces please inform us during your reservation booking. This activity may not be suited for you.

How safe is this? Are my pilots competent?2022-04-21T21:12:24+00:00

Michael McCann, has been operating out of Taos for over 10 years. He’s an exceptional pilot with 25+ years experience, over 17,000 flight hours and past experience as a pilot with United operating the 787. He’s qualified as a CFI/CFII/MEI and provides training including high-altitude and mountain flying, private, instrument, commercial, instructor, multi, and ATP.

Jessica Caskey has been flying out of Taos for over 5 years. She’s a Certified Flight Instructor and Commercial Pilot with extensive experience in the Piper Cherokee.

Daniel Weeks has been flying around New Mexico for over 20 years. He’s a Commercial Pilot with extensive experience in the Cessna 206.

Our aircraft are well maintained by a group of highly qualified mechanics whom we’ve been working with for years. They are consistently up to date on all required inspections and directives.

What should I expect?2022-04-21T21:13:26+00:00

Guests will meet at the Taos Regional Airport and be escorted to the aircraft by one of our Commercial Pilots. Our pilots will go over a short safety brief, introduction to the Cherokee or Cessna, and an explanation of what the flight will entail. You will then hop in the plane and take off to explore all the beautiful views Taos has to offer.

Flight seeing tours typically last approximately 1.5 hours with 45 minutes – 1 hour of flight time and an introductory brief prior to flight.

Depending on the time of year the aircraft may be warm or cold. We recommend bringing a jacket during the colder months and extra water during the warmer months. Our aircrafts have ventilation and heat to aid in your comfort!

How long will the tour last?2022-04-21T21:26:29+00:00

Flight seeing tours typically last approximately 1.5 hours with 45 minutes – 1 hour of flight time and an introductory brief prior to flight.

How much does this cost?2022-04-21T21:29:06+00:00

Flights in the Piper Cherokee 180 are $250/person.

Flights in the Cessna 206 are $300/person.

What kind of airplane will we fly in and how many people can come along?2022-04-21T21:30:01+00:00

We operate out of a Piper Cherokee 180 (PA-28-180) which accommodates up to 3 guests and a Cessna 206 (P-206-E) which accommodates up to 5 guests. Guests numbers are dependent upon weight. 

What should I wear and bring?2022-04-21T21:31:18+00:00

Wear what will make you feel most comfortable! In the summer days it’s a little warm in the airplane though we do have great ventilation. In the winter it’s exactly opposite, while we have great heating it can still get a little chilly. Tennis shoes or closed-toe shoes are recommended as you’ll be walking around near large equipment and aircraft.

Where will we meet?2022-04-21T22:13:41+00:00

Guests will meet at the Taos Regional Airport, located at 24662 US-64, El Prado, NM 87529. When you pull into the drive from the highway take the first right and head all the way back to the parking lot just past the tallest hangar building at the end. There’s a small reception area and we will have the plane ready for you there!

We will go over a short safety brief, introduction to the Cherokee, and an explanation of what the flight will entail. We will then hop in the plane and take off to explore all the beautiful views Taos has to offer.

Types of Training Offered and FAQs

Private Pilot Certificate

This is the starting point for every pilot. You’ll learn all the essentials you need to be a proficient aviator. Private Pilot training varies from student to student depending on a number of circumstances. The minimum number of required hours is 40 hours however students usually obtain their Private Pilot certificate closer to 60-80 hours. If you are dedicated and can commit to flying at least 3 times a week it is feasible to obtain the training and proficiency needed to get your Private Pilot certificate within a few months!

Price Breakdown:

The times listed below are FAA minimums. It can be difficult to obtain proficiency in the times listed, therefore, it is wise to add 10% to the total price for planning purposes. All costs listed are for flying the Piper Cherokee 140 (to fly the 180 add an additional $10/hour to aircraft costs)

30 hours of dual (flight time with an instructor) @ $190/hr $5,700
10 hours of solo time @ $140/hr $1,400
20 hours of ground instruction @ $30/hr $600
Written Test $175
3rd Class Medical Certificate $100
Checkride (3 hrs flight time and $600 examiner fee) $1,020
Total cost in the Piper Cherokee 140 $8,995

Commercial Pilot Certificate

A commercial pilot certificate allows you to receive compensation for flying. If you’re able to commit to flying 3-4 times a week and already have some time built it is feasible to get this certificate within a few short months. At Fly Taos Sky we are dedicated to helping you build your time and offer a number of opportunities to do so at discounted costs! 

Price Breakdown

The times listed below are FAA minimums. It can be difficult to obtain proficiency in the times listed, therefore, it is wise to add 10% to the total price for planning purposes.

NOTE: This estimate assumes you already have your Private Pilot Certificate with an Instrument Rating.

All costs listed are for flying the Piper Cherokee 140 (to fly the 180 add an additional $10/hour to aircraft costs)

20 hours of dual (flight time with an instructor) @ $220/hr $4,400
135 hours of solo time and time building @ $140/hr $18,900
20 hours of ground instruction @ $30/hr $600
Written Test $175
2nd Class Medical Certificate $100
Checkride (3 hrs flight time and $800 examiner fee) $1,220
Total cost in the Piper Cherokee 140 $25,395

Instrument Rating

An instrument rating trains you to fly solely by reference to the flight instruments. Instrument training will help sharpen your skills and make you a safer pilot.

We have two technically advanced aircraft with state of the art avionics to provide for a highly sophisticated instrument training experience. We operate with a Garmin GTN 650 and Garmin 430 as well as have Garmin G-5s and 275s in our aircraft.

Price Breakdown

The times listed below are FAA minimums. It can be difficult to obtain proficiency in the times listed, therefore, it is wise to add 10% to the total price for planning purposes.

NOTE: This estimate assumes you already have your Private Pilot Certificate.

All costs listed are for flying the Piper Cherokee 140 (to fly the 180 add an additional $10/hour to aircraft costs)

15 hours of solo cross-country @ $140/hr $2,100
20 hours of dual (with a CFII) @ $215/hr $4,300
20 hours of IFR time building @ $190/hr $3,800
20 hours of ground instruction @ $30/hr $600
Written Exam $175
Checkride (3 hrs flight time and $600 examiner fee) $1,020
Total cost in the Piper Cherokee 140 $11,995

We absolutely do! Taos is located in a high alpine environment. Mountain Flying is top of mind here each and every day. We offer accelerated mountain flying courses for those looking to gain knowledge of mountain flying techniques and looking to become safer and more proficient pilots! Call us to learn more and to discuss pricing.

If you have your own aircraft, Michael is a phenomenal instructor and MEI rated. He has over a dozen type ratings and experience in all kinds of aircraft. He’d love to teach you how to fly your twin engine! Call us to learn more and to discuss pricing!

We offer Instrument Proficiency Checks, Flight Reviews, ATP Training, Upset Recovery Training, Discovery Flights, and more! Perhaps you’ve been out of the seat for a little while and want to brush up on your skills or you want to keep up on your instrument approaches. Maybe you’ve never flown a Piper Cherokee and want to try it out or you’re in town visiting and would like to take your family up for a quick flight! Whatever your needs are, we are sure we can meet them!

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