Beach Flight Aviation gyroplane

Travel Writer: My Gulf Coast Air Tour Adventures

Did you know you can fly high into the sky with a bird’s eye view over 32 miles of pristine beaches in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach?

I recently enjoyed a sky-high tour of the Alabama Gulf Coast with BeachFlight Aviation aboard an open-air gyroplane. The view from the air is breathtaking, and one you will never forget. If you enjoy a fun adventure or dream of taking one, Gulf Shores has one waiting for you. 

Gulf Shores Tour by Air

Owner and pilot Gary Berdeaux led the way during my Gulf Shores tour by air. You will appreciate Gary and all he brings with BeachFlight Aviation. He will make sure your experience is just right for you and one that you will talk about for years to come. Upon take off and landing, your heart will race and then you will sigh and say, “That was awesome!”

You’re probably asking, “How do I sign up for this adventure?” Keep in mind all flights are weather permitting. There are different experiences you can choose from, ranging from 20 to 60 minutes. During each tour, you may have the opportunity to take the reins and personally fly the craft. My experience was not only exhilarating, but also gave me a sense of freedom. Once you realize you are high above the beautiful landscape of Gulf Shores, you quickly forget about life on the ground below.

This experience is full of adventure and is also a great way to reconnect with nature. From above, you may see dolphins and rays and, depending on the length of your flight, the Fort Morgan Peninsula and coastlines of Orange Beach. I had never thought of connecting with nature through flight, but after this experience, I think of it often in my travels.

Hummingbird Zipline

More Ways to Experience the Beach by Air

When else will you have an opportunity to fly like a bird over the beautiful beaches of Gulf Shores? As it turns out, besides BeachFlight Aviation, you have options. Helicopter tours are popular in Orange Beach. With Orange Beach Helicopter Tours, flights start at seven minutes and can last as long as 30 minutes, depending on the tour you choose. The Hummingbird Zipline at The Wharf is also a fun way to soar through the air. While it’s not the same as being in a gyroplane or helicopter, it’s a fun way to get an adrenaline rush during your Orange Beach vacation.

If there is one thing I know for certain, it is the fact that I will never look at Alabama’s coastline the same. I now find myself wondering how things look from above. The views from the beach are astounding, but when you experience it from high in the sky, it’s truly life changing and rewarding. I’m now much more appreciative of the beautiful coastline that surrounds Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

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