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#364891 01/23/10 11:14 AM
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Tour San Pedro on New Ultralight Aircrafts

There are opportunities that come once in a lifetime and experiences that when you grasp them fill you with joy, excitement and pure bliss. On Saturday, January 16, 2010, the staff of Ambergris Today got to enjoy one of those experiences that are purely unforgettable. We got the opportunity to soar like a bird above our Isla Bonita, not on a plane or helicopter but on an ultralight aircraft. Totally embracing the openness of the aircraft, we flew over San Pedro Town, glided a few feet above the Great Belize Barrier Reef, hovered above 'celebrity' caye Cayo Espanto like paparazzi and soaked in the red tainted skies as the sun went down on a gorgeous afternoon.

The flying adventure is another one of Ambergris Cayes' newest attractions for thrill-seeking adventurers brought to you by Toucan Fly. Own and operated by one of San Pedro's newest entrepreneurs, John McAfee, the ultralight aircrafts tours of Ambergris Caye promise high adrenaline, heart-pumping adventure as you take an aerial tour of the island with nothing much than a large 'kite-like' wing to block your view - everything else is wide open.

Toucan Fly consists of five ultralight aircrafts, two of which are in San Pedro and the other three which are in Belize City and will be brought over to San Pedro as soon as the hangar is fully completed. These magnificent aircrafts are piloted by five extraordinary pilots, three of whom are also instructors.

Mr. John McAfee, apart from being the owner of 'Toucan Fly' is also a pilot but only flies for his own enjoyment. His staff consists of Mr. Neil Bungard, the chief pilot, who is also an instructor and a member of the Federal Aviation Administration, Mr. Matt Robinson and Ms. Jennifer Erwin who are both pilots and instructors, and Mr. Robert Conbes who is a pilot only.

Toucan Fly is specifically for recreational use only and not for public transportation. There will be several tours available, mostly around San Pedro and surrounding Ambergris Caye. Coming soon are flights from San Pedro to Lamanai, which includes an overnight stay and trip back to the island. The longest, a tour around la Isla Bonita, would take is approximately an hour. All flights are weather dependent.

And prep time from ground to air is very minimal as it takes just minutes for the pilots and crew to make their pre-flight check of the aircraft, suite you up with a helmet and give you safety instructions. Soon after, you are taxing down the runway, take off is cleared and zooom, you are off the ground in seconds. With the wind in your face, the smell of the Caribbean Sea to stimulate your sense of smell and a spectacular view of Ambergris Caye, you can't ask for more of an adventure on Ambergris Caye.

"You guys were extremely fortunate to have gotten the perfect weather to fly," commented both pilots Neil Bungard and Matt Robinson. A definite thrill of a lifetime and unforgettable experience! For more information contact Neil or Mardella on 630-1426 to schedule your flight!


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Marty #364896 01/23/10 11:20 AM
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With Toucan Fly new light-sports aircraft to the island, The San Pedro Sun took time out to experience a flyover over beautiful Ambergris Caye.
Don’t hesitate to try the experience and enjoy the many adventures La Isla Bonita has to offer.
San Pedro Sun

Marty #364900 01/23/10 11:56 AM
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Come over to the Lion's Den tonight and bid for a trip with Toucan Fly. All proceeds go towards the cancer treatment for Edwin Gamez!
We will start at 4:00 this evening...good food, drinks and music from Dj Polo and Rompe Raja
(Local Band)

Bzedoll #364905 01/23/10 02:43 PM
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Very cool Marty. Thanks for posting the video's.
I can't wait 'till we come down the next time to try these.

Nancy1340 #364913 01/23/10 03:39 PM
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how much does it cost?

hansen #364919 01/23/10 04:24 PM
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This may be the solution to the crowded downtown streets of San Pedro. Just soar over it. Wonder if they could just drop me off at BCs? smile

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Gela #364946 01/24/10 01:47 AM
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Too Cool!! May have to check this out. Be there on the 6th for 2 weeks and can't wait.

Dan & Jan #365047 01/25/10 11:45 AM
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McLovin #365049 01/25/10 12:25 PM
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I have heard the number of $100.00 US.

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champion #365051 01/25/10 12:56 PM
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Originally Posted by champion
I have heard the number of $100.00 US.

For how long? An hour, 30 minutes, or until you crash and burn?

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