My name is Eric VanKirk. I have been blessed to take to the skies since 2005 when I earned my private pilot certificate in Fort Myers, FL. Most people refer to it as a pilot’s license, but it's actually a certificate. I immediately began flying for the Sundowners, a nonprofit, pilot run organization whose primary mission is to work with the coast guard in searching for distressed boats off the coast. This was a wonderful way to donate my time to help others, as well as seeing some of the most beautiful sunsets from the sky.
I began flying sightseeing groups either to Key West, or to Everglade City where we would have lunch and enjoy an airboat ride through the Florida Everglades, checking out the local wildlife population, often spotting many alligators and crocodiles. I also had the opportunity to watch the shuttle take off, from 10 miles away and flying at 7,500 feet.
I would like to continue these flights now that I have am back in Colorado. I am not a commercial pilot, something I have no intention of becoming, and therefore am not allowed to charge a fee for my services. I am allowed, however, to split the cost of the aircraft with whomever would like to do something few others have, see Colorado from just a few hundred feet to a few thousand feet above the ground. I do this to give as many people as possible the ability to experience what I have fallen in love with, seeing this beautiful land from the air, at an extremely affordable price.
The actual cost will depend on the number of people in the aircraft, pilot included, as well as how long the actual flight is. I am in the process of putting together some sightseeing tour options you can choose from, though every flight can be catered to your personal desire. Whether you would like to see downtown Denver, the front range, spend the night camping at a remote airstrip, or perhaps fly to Wyoming, I will be happy to work with you to make that experience happen, and create lasting memories to reflect upon for the rest of your life.