CQ Adventure Flights is Airlie Beach’s fastest and most exciting tour operator.
With so many brilliant things to do in the Whitsundays, CQ Adventure Flights is unlike anything else on offer.
Operating a Yak52, a Soviet Air Force Training aeroplane built in 1990, they take tourists across every demographic on the Flight Of Their Life!
The Yakovlev Yak52 is a Soviet primary trainer aircraft which first flew in 1976. At 998 kg empty weight, the Yak52 is responsive and very capable as an aerobatic aircraft. Yet it is also easy to fly and land. It has been used in international aerobatic competition up to the Advanced level. It is stressed to +7 and –5 Gs, rolls (to the right) at 180 degrees/second and is capable of every manoeuvre in the Aresti catalog.
The Yak-52, like most Soviet military aircraft, was designed to operate in rugged environments with minimal maintenance. One of its key features, unusual in western aircraft, is its extensive pneumatic system.
Engine starting, landing gear, flaps, and wheel brakes are all pneumatically actuated. Spherical storage bottles for air, replenished by an engine driven compressor, are situated behind the rear cockpit and contents displayed on the instrument panels.
Additionally both main and reserve bottles can be charged from a port on the ground with compressed air, usually from a Scuba type air bottle.
The ground steering/braking arrangement, especially, takes some adjustment for flyers accustomed to hydraulics, because the aircraft uses differential braking controlled by rudder pedals and a hand operated lever on the control stick.
Because the aeroplane only seats a Pilot and Instructor/Passenger the flights are fully catered to the passengers wants, without having to share their experience with anybody else.
The performance characteristics means that it is easy to give the passenger a gentle cruise with stunning views, or a mental aerobatic session, of an intensity that they choose.
With 3 different experiences on offer, CQ Adventure Flights has a flight for everybody!
Gentle Aerobatic Package – $250
This is the perfect experience for those wanting a thrill, but something a little bit easier on the stomach. Experience the sensation of inverted flight as you hang upside down against the stunning backdrop of The Whitsundays.
Departing from Shute Harbour Airport, you will rocket to 2,500’ in less than 90 seconds. Once there, the pilot will talk you through as he pulls some G’s to get you in the mood.
Once he gets the all clear from you, then rock and roll around the sky in this Classic Soviet Trainer and feel the push on your chest as the pilot pulls upwards of 3G, with rolls, loops and wingovers over the stunning backdrop of Airlie Beach and The Whitsundays.
Mental Aerobatic Package – $350
The perfect experience for the adrenaline junkie! Belt up, and hang on! This advanced aerobatic adventure flight will literally turn your life upside down. Are you game for the challenge?
Feel what it’s like to be in a combat as you reach pressures of up to 5G. Your pilot will perform an extreme aerobatic routine, including loops, rolls, cubans and sustained inverted flight against the stunning backdrop of Airlie Beach and The Whitsundays. Will your knees be weak and palms sweaty? Or will you be hungry for more?
Insane – Tactical Recon Mission – $450
Our most popular and best value aerobatic flight!
Buckle up for an accelerated climb to 3,500’. Your mission is to report on enemy aircraft movements over Whitehaven Beach. Smile for the camera over Hill Inlet for that iconic postcard shot. Yours will be a little different to most however… as you’ll be hanging upside down! Then return to Airlie Beach for the most insane flight you’ll ever experience.
All flights are designed to be aerobatic, but passengers always have the final say, and if you want a straight and level flight, then that is what you get.
For a truly unique and unforgettable Whitsundays Experience, Book now!
It’ll be the most fun you’ll have in Airlie Beach with clothes on!