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Vertical Limit Aviation


SPECIALIZING IN HIGH ALTITUDE, AND

HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE FLIGHT TRAINING

505-831-HELI (4354)

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Vertical Limit Aviation


SPECIALIZING IN HIGH ALTITUDE, AND

HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE FLIGHT TRAINING

505-831-HELI (4354)

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Tours

Night Flights

Aerial Media

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ABOUT US


One of the only locations in the United States where you can experience High DENSITY Altitude Training.  You WILL become a better pilot flying in these conditions

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ABOUT US


One of the only locations in the United States where you can experience High DENSITY Altitude Training.  You WILL become a better pilot flying in these conditions

Vertical Limit, LLC is locally owned and operated in Albuquerque, NM. Our specialty is to train skilled and knowledgeable pilots in High density altitude conditions using Robinson R-44 and R-22 helicopters. We train pilots to acquire specialized skill sets in conditions that other flight schools do not have access to such as mountainous flying, high density altitude flying, high winds and much more. Our personalized approach provides the attention deserved by each student. Training in Albuquerque, NM provides an advantage over other helicopter schools and gives students an edge in this competitive market.

The United States military believes that the New Mexico environment and flying conditions provide an excellent training model for their military aircraft and pilots to train in. While other military facilities may provide higher altitudes, Albuquerque offers pilots a higher density altitude which makes learning the helicopter limitations essential. When the density altitude increases, the air is thinner, and molecules spread out which all equate to tougher flying conditions and a well rounded pilot. We provide a safe and dynamic training environment which is very unique compared to other flight schools.

 

 When you have experienced flying in these conditions you have a varying degree and higher skill level then your counterparts. Vertical Limit molds our students into proficient and competent pilots and prepares you to succeed in the aviation industry. Come take a discovery flight and see why Vertical Limit Aviation is the premier flight school in the United States. Whether it’s for pleasure or for career, we offer everything you need to stop dreaming and start flying.

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FLIGHT TRAINING


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FLIGHT TRAINING


BECOME THE ABSOLUTE BEST PILOT YOU CAN BE

LEARN TO FLY AT HIGH ALTITUDE IN BEAUTIFUL NEW MEXICO! 

New Mexico’s unique terrain, altitude, and weather have allowed our instructors to develop a path to teach you to fly at the Helicopter’s limits; High Altitude, High Temperatures, High Winds, and High Density Altitude. When you train in these extreme flying conditions, you will develop Higher Skill Levels than your counterparts that have developed their skills in much more forgiving environments. Vertical Limit molds our students into proficient and competent pilots and prepares you to succeed in the aviation industry.  Although nobody can guarantee employment, we pride ourselves in our track record of employment within the ever growing aviation industry after completion of our Pilot program.  We look forward to continuing that tradition with you. Come take a discovery flight at either Vertical Limit Aviation location in Albuquerque or Santa Teresa, and see why we are not only the premier flight school in New Mexico but why we are the premier flight school in the United States. Whether it’s for pleasure or for career, we offer everything you need to stop dreaming and start flying!

REQUIREMENTS

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • 18 years of age
  • Aviation Medical Certificate
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language
  • No felony convictions in the last 5 years
  • Most importantly, have the right attitude and motivation to keep pursuing your new exciting career

TRAINING Part 61 and 141 Approved, GI Bill and Post 911.

  • Private pilot license                  -Turbine Transition
  • Commercial pilot license          -Long Line
  • Add-on ratings
  • Instrument rating
  • Certified flight instructor
  • Certified instrument flight instructor
  • High altitude training
  • Mountainous training
High Density Altitude and Mountain Training

High Density Altitude and Mountain Training

High Altitude

Regions on the Earth's surface (or in its atmosphere) that are high above mean sea level are referred to as high altitude. High altitude is sometimes defined to begin at 2,400 meters (8,000 ft) above sea level.

At high altitude, atmospheric pressure is lower than that at sea level. This is due to two competing physical effects: gravity, which causes the air to be as close as possible to the ground; and the heat content of the air, which causes the molecules to bounce off each other and expand.

Because of the lower pressure, the air expands as it rises, which causes it to cool.  Thus, high altitude air is cold, which causes a characteristic alpine climate. This climate dramatically affects the ecology at high altitude.

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High Density Altitude

Density altitude is the altitude relative to the standard atmosphere conditions (ISA) at which the air density would be equal to the indicated air density at the place of observation. In other words, density altitude is air density given as a height above mean sea level. "Density altitude" can also be considered to be the pressure altitude adjusted for non-standard temperature.

Both an increase in temperature, decrease in atmospheric pressure, and, to a much lesser degree, increase in humidity will cause an increase in density altitude. In hot and humid conditions, the density altitude at a particular location may be significantly higher than the true altitude.

In aviation the density altitude is used to assess the aircraft's aerodynamic performance under certain weather conditions. The lift generated by the aircraft's airfoils and the relation between indicated and true airspeed are also subject to air density changes. Furthermore, the power delivered by the aircraft's engine is affected by the air density and air composition.

  • Why Does Density Altitude Matter?

    High Density Altitude = Decreased Performance

    The formal definition of density altitude is certainly correct, but the important thing to understand is that density altitude is an indicator of aircraft performance. The term comes from the fact that the density of the air decreases with altitude. A “high” density altitude means that air density is reduced, which has an adverse impact on aircraft performance. The published performance criteria in the Pilot’s Operating Handbook (POH) are generally based on standard atmospheric conditions at sea level (that is, 59 oF or 15 oC. and 29.92 inches of mercury). Your aircraft will not perform according to “book numbers” unless the conditions are the same as those used to develop the published performance criteria. For example, if an airport whose elevation is 500 MSL has a reported density altitude of 5,000 feet, aircraft operating to and from that airport will perform as if the airport elevation were 5,000 feet not 500 feet.

    High, Hot, and Humid

    High density altitude corresponds to reduced air density and thus to reduced aircraft performance. There are three important factors that contribute to high density altitude:

    1. Altitude. The higher the altitude, the less dense the air. At airports in higher elevations, such as those in the western United States, high temperatures sometimes have such an effect on density altitude that safe operations are impossible. In such conditions, operations between midmorning and midafternoon can become extremely hazardous. Even at lower elevations, aircraft performance can become marginal and it may be necessary to reduce aircraft gross weight for safe operations.

Density Altitude

  1. Temperature. The warmer the air, the less dense it is. When the temperature rises above the standard temperature for a particular place, the density of the air in that location is reduced, and the density altitude increases. Therefore, it is advisable, when performance is in question, to schedule operations during the cool hours of the day (early morning or late afternoon) when forecast temperatures are not expected to rise above normal. Early morning and late evening are sometimes better for both departure and arrival.

  2. Humidity. Humidity is not generally considered a major factor in density altitude computations because the effect of humidity is related to engine power rather than aerodynamic efficiency. At high ambient temperatures, the atmosphere can retain a high water vapor content. For example, at 96 oF, the water vapor content of the air can be eight (8) times as great as it is at 42 oF. High density altitude and high humidity do not always go hand in hand. If high humidity does exist, however, it is wise to add 10 percent to your computed takeoff distance and anticipate a reduced climb rate. 

Mountainous Training

There is no universally accepted definition of a mountain. Elevation, volume, relief, steepness, spacing and continuity have been used as criteria for defining a mountain.[1] In the Oxford English Dictionary a mountain is defined as "a natural elevation of the earth surface rising more or less abruptly from the surrounding level and attaining an altitude which, relatively to the adjacent elevation, is impressive or notable."[1]

For a while, the US defined a mountain as being 1,000 feet (304.8 m) or taller. Any similar landform lower than this height was considered a hill. However, today, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) concludes that these terms do not have technical definitions in the US.

The UN Environmental Programme's definition of "mountainous environment" includes any of the following:[11]

  • Elevation of at least 2,500 m (8,200 ft);

  • Elevation of at least 1,500 m (4,900 ft), with a slope greater than 2 degrees;

  • Elevation of at least 1,000 m (3,300 ft), with a slope greater than 5 degrees;

  • Elevation of at least 300 m (980 ft), with a 300 m (980 ft) elevation range within 7 km (4.3 mi).

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With that being said, mountain flying can be very dangerous if done improperly.  Vertical Limit Aviation teaches techniques to minimize risk when flying in mountain conditions.  Both High Altitude and Mountainous flight training are logged in your pilot log book as such.  This approach to training that Vertical limit Aviation’s instructors have developed allows our student pilots to gain virtual and practical certification and experience that cannot be duplicated in lower altitude and/or lower air density Flight Schools. For those Pilots who fly in a High Altitude and High Density environments quickly realize how invaluable this training and experience can be. 

Mountainous Terrain piloting skills are in high demand.  Often, access to these terrains is very slow from the ground, and in fact may not even be accessible from the ground at all.  When accessibility is there, reaching these generally remote terrains are fraught with dangerous and difficult conditions that can put lives at risk. For these reasons, many industries and government entities are frequently turning to private helicopter services to fulfill transportation, search and rescue, community policing, and surveying in these difficult regions. Specialized operating environments such as this require special skills!  Vertical Limit is proud to offer training in the special techniques and methods for flying in the mountains as part of its commercial training and advanced training for commercial pilots.

This course is very important for students planning for future careers flying helicopters in high density altitude conditions. However, this is also a very beneficial program for any helicopter pilot since the training helps to development judgment, planning, and decision making skills. Furthermore, the subtle flying skills needed to operate close to the operating limitations of the aircraft’s performance can be just as useful when flying at lower altitudes with high loads on a hot day. The training received during this course is considered every day operations for commercial helicopter pilots all over the world!

Contact Vertical Limit Aviation today to setup your

FREE Consultation Appointment! 

Also ask about scheduling a Discovery Flight during your appointment!

CALL (505) 831-HELI (4354)

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Aerial Video/Photography


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Aerial Video/Photography


Get Vertical

Vertical Limit Aviation has everything you need for your Movie, TV Show, or Commercial.  Vertical Limit has a variety of Helicopters, Camera's, and equipment to meet your needs in the air or on the ground

AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY

This service is widely used by professional photographers, real estate professionals and commercial producers. Still camera or hand held video is possible with doors off operation with the two seat Robinson R22 helicopter or we can use the bigger Robinson R44 Helicopter.

CINEFLEX 5-AXIS HD BROADCAST CAMERA AVAILABLE!

VERTICAL LIMIT’S VIDEO HELICOPTER IS EQUIPPED WITH A CINEFLEX 5-AXIS GYRO-STABILIZED PLATFORM HOUSING AN IKEGAMI 1080I HD BROADCAST CAMERA AND A CANON 44:1 ZOOM LENS.

This camera produces High-Definition 1080i images. The deck can record in DVCPRO-HD, AVC 100, or Ki Pro / Apple ProRes 422 formats. Files can be downconverted to standard definition if needed on a Sony DVCAM or Beta SP.

Monitors are installed in the forward and aft cabin compartments, viewable by all the crew. Seating configuration is pilot, camera operator, plus one.

CINEFLEX ELITE CAMERA SYSTEM 

The new Cineflex ELITE is a light-weight, compact super 35mm digital stabilized camera system featuring a design that ensures quick, affordable transport, and simple rigging onto a wide variety of mobile platforms. The Cineflex ELITE integrates the proven 5-axis stability of the Cineflex camera systems with the award winning ARRI Alexa M® camera inside and state of the art Canon Premier® lenses. Originally designed for helicopters and aerial platforms, Cineflex camera systems deliver superior image quality, offer versatility, and are easily integrated onto cable and rail systems, aircraft, automobiles, boats and other mobile platforms. The ELITE is compatible with a variety of certified mounts and can be rigged in one-fourth the time of other gimbals on the market. The exceptional image performance is achieved through fiber optic data transfer with extended, clean highlights, natural skin tones, excellent color separation, and cinematic depth of field

Cineflex ELITE Key Features:

 
  • Arri Alexa M super 35mm sensor
  • EI 800 base sensitivity (EI 160-3200)
  • 14 stops of dynamic range
  • Integrated Canon Premier® Lenses
  • Fully integrated filter set
  • Modular design for future upgrades and integrations
 

Codex Digital Recorder-

  • Up to 2880 x 2160 ARRIRAW 12 Bit

  • 0.75-60fps Variable Frame Rate

Onboard SxS Card Recording-

  • 0.75-120fps Variable Frame Rate

  • Up to 1920 x 1080 ProRes 4444 12 Bit

Multiple output options-

  • ProRes, DNxHD, ARRIRAW and HD-SDI
  • Log C, Rec 709 or DCI P3
  • ARRI Look Files for custom looks
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Tours


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Tours


Vertical Limit’s pilots are familiar with the metro areas at both of our locations. There are so many amazing views in the State of New Mexico we can show you with a new perspective and views you can only get from a helicopter.

Listed below are a few of the tours that we offer. Tours are also offered in 15 min, 30 min, and hour long tours that are fully customizable. You my take up to three people on each tour, however, weight limitations may apply. Additional accommodations (chocolates, flowers, wine, etc.) can be made during the booking process.

For Pricing and Scheduling of tours Please call 505-831-4354.

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Robinson Approved Service Center


Vertical Limit Aviation is the only Robinson Approved Service Center in the

State of New Mexico.

 

Vertical Limit Aviation offers service and maintenance on all Robinson helicopters models. The Director of Service and Maintenance is a certified AMT, IA, and DME. He is also Robinson trained and certified, and has over 31 years of experience in working with aircraft. The Vertical Limit Aviation service and maintenance staff is very detail orientated and committed to getting the job done right. Our goal is to get your aircraft back up and running, and gain a repeat customer in the process. 

SERVICES PROVIDED 

Scheduled Maintenance

Unscheduled Maintenance

Oil Changes

100 Hour, 300 Hour, 500 Hour

Annuals, 12 year, 2200 Hour

Engine Overhaul

Aircraft Overhaul

Aircraft Restoration

Aircraft Recovery

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TRANSPORTATION & EMERGENCY SERVICES

Vertical Limit Aviation offers transportation options to get your helicopter to Albuquerque, NM. In certain situations where the helicopter is immobile we will do onsite work. We also offer emergency helicopter services and maintenance. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR A QUOTE ON PARTS AND SERVICES CALL: 505-831-HELI (4354)

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Robinson Approved Service Center


Vertical Limit Aviation is the only Robinson Approved Service Center in the

State of New Mexico.

 

Vertical Limit Aviation offers service and maintenance on all Robinson helicopters models. The Director of Service and Maintenance is a certified AMT, IA, and DME. He is also Robinson trained and certified, and has over 31 years of experience in working with aircraft. The Vertical Limit Aviation service and maintenance staff is very detail orientated and committed to getting the job done right. Our goal is to get your aircraft back up and running, and gain a repeat customer in the process. 

SERVICES PROVIDED 

Scheduled Maintenance

Unscheduled Maintenance

Oil Changes

100 Hour, 300 Hour, 500 Hour

Annuals, 12 year, 2200 Hour

Engine Overhaul

Aircraft Overhaul

Aircraft Restoration

Aircraft Recovery

Custom Vinyl Decals

TRANSPORTATION & EMERGENCY SERVICES

Vertical Limit Aviation offers transportation options to get your helicopter to Albuquerque, NM. In certain situations where the helicopter is immobile we will do onsite work. We also offer emergency helicopter services and maintenance. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR A QUOTE ON PARTS AND SERVICES CALL: 505-831-HELI (4354)

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NEWS


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NEWSCOPTERHD

The ROBINSON R44 RAVEN II NEWSCOPTER is a fully integrated Electronic News Gathering (ENG) helicopter capable of transmitting, receiving, and recording live audio and video in High Definition (HD). The Newscopter’s ENG equipment is designed, tested, and FAA-approved to optimize work flow and provide an airborne, broadcast quality studio.

An aerodynamic nose mounted, gyro-stabilized Ikegami HD digital camera system captures the news in striking detail and vivid color. Additional standard ENG gear includes in cabin talent and tail mounted micro cameras, video switcher, Geneva audio system, four color video monitors, and a complete microwave transmission package.

The R44 Raven II Newscopter does the job for half the cost of larger turbine ENG helicopters. The Newscopter’s economical purchase price and low operating costs provide small TV stations access to state-of-the-art news gathering technology, and enable broadcasters in large media markets to field multiple ENG helicopters for more extensive coverage.

Low operating costs make the R44 Newscopter ideal for budget-conscious news programs.

Low operating costs make the R44 Newscopter ideal for budget-conscious news programs.

PERFORMANCE

Lycoming’s IO-540 engine delivers a cruise speed of up to 130 mph to get the R44 Newscopter on scene fast. A fully-fueled Newscopter provides up to three hours of flight endurance for continuous live news coverage. Aerodynamic rotor-blade tip caps lower flyover noise. The R44 Raven II Series operates for 100 hours between inspections, and up to 2,200 hours or 12 years between overhauls. All R44s are backed by the Robinson Heli- copter Company two-year/1000-hour limited aircraft warranty.

FEATURES

• HYDRAULIC CONTROLS reduce pilot workload and supply precision handling.

• PISTOL-GRIP CYCLIC incorporates two-position trigger switches for intercom and transmit. Pilot-side grip features buttons for convenient switching of COM frequencies. Left- seat flight controls are removable.

• AUTOMATIC CLUTCH ENGAGEMENT simplifies the starting procedure and reduces the possibility of an overspeed during startup.

RPM GOVERNOR monitors engine speed and adjusts the throttle automatically to maintain optimal RPM.

• TRI-HINGE ROTOR HUB eliminates lag hinges, dampers, and hydraulic struts. Blades have a stainless steel spar at the leading edge which resists erosion. Droop stops prevent excessive main rotor teetering while stopping or starting under normal operating conditions.

• UNDER-THE-SEAT STORAGE allows for carry on bags, briefcases, and personal belongings.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES

AIR CONDITIONING

The air conditioning system features front and rear vents that circulate cool air throughout the cabin.

PILOT’S AVIONICS CONSOLE places a GPS unit in an easy-to-see and reach position, minimizing time spent looking down. The console can accommodate a GPS, GPS/ COM, or GPS/NAV/COM.

LEATHER SEATS available in tan, blue, and gray.

BOSE A20 AVIATION HEADSETS with active noise reduction and Bluetooth communications interface.

ENG EQUIPMENT

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GYRO-STABILIZED HD DIGITAL CAMERA SYSTEM

Light, compact, and entirely digital, the five-axis gyro-stabilized camera system comes standard with a full-bandwidth Ikegami 1080p HD Camera matched with a Canon HD Series 22x (44x with extender) zoom lens for crisp images. Camera and lens are housed in a rugged nose-mounted gimbal that rotates 360° to track subjects and to film from any angle.

CENTRALIZED ENG WORKSTATION

The camera is operated through a full- function, laptop console located in the rear passenger/ENG workstation compartment. Along with all of the camera functions, features include joy stick control for X, Y, and Z-axis gimbal movements, snap-zoom, transmit, intercom, and video switches.

A laptop console consolidates all of the camera controls and functions for ease of use.

An integrated control panel next to the camera operator gives ready access to
an FM radio, Geneva audio system, video switcher, and microwave controls. Within easy reach is an on-air TV tuner and
equipment such as AM/FM receiver, scanner, or video recorder.

Camera images display on a ten-inch HD monitor that together with a five-inch monitor lets the camera operator view and transmit live or prerecorded material. The video switcher allows rapid on-air selection between the gimbal camera and micro “lipstick” cameras located on the aft stabilizer and inside the cabin.

Standard Camera Feature

  • 2/3”, 1080p, AIT, 50 Hz or 60 Hz
  • 0 to +54dB
  • 1920 (horizontal) x 1080 (vertical) 2000 lux @ f10
  • Canon HJ22 x 7.6
  • 22x (44x with extender)
  • 3000K, 5600K, 5600K+ 1/32 ND

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  • Gain
  • Effective Pixels
  • Sensitivity
  • Video Output
  • Zoom Lens
  • Zoom Ratio
  • Filters

DIGITAL OR HD MICROWAVE BROADCAST EQUIPMENT

A BMS 2/2.5 GHz digital COFDM transmitter is standard. For stations ready to receive HD transmissions, optional packages are available. The standard omni-antenna (6 dB gain) transmits up to 40 miles. An optional directional antenna broadcasts between 60 and 90 miles. A GPS data modem that allows the station’s receive antenna to track the Newscopter may be purchased as an add-on. A receiver enables the R44 Newscopter to acquire and record trans- missions from the ground or to act as a mobile relay station.

ONBOARD REPORTING AND MORE

In the forward cabin, an adjustable micro camera, talent light, second FM radio, and transmit switch enable live newscasts by a front seat reporter. Two flat-screen, five-inch monitors above the pilot’s instrument console simultane- ously display on-air broadcast and on- board camera’s image stream for viewing by pilot and reporter. Also, pilot, reporter and camera operator have separate audio panels to monitor or transmit inde- pendently on any of the COMM, FM and AM/FM radios, scanner, or TV tuner.  Forward cabin has two monitors to view images from any of the helicopter’s cameras and on-air broadcast.

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LAW ENFORCEMENT


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LAW ENFORCEMENT


H.A.L.O-1, PREVENTING CRIME ONE FLIGHT AT A TIME...

Budget Friendly

Budget Friendly

Highly Effective

Highly Effective

On Call When Your Community Needs Us

On Call When Your Community Needs Us

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Fundraising


However big or small your fundraising goals are, Vertical Limit Aviation can help you reach your goals.  We will work with each organization on a personal level to develop the fundraising event that best suits your size and fundraising goals.  Through our Helicopter Flight Raffle Program, your organization's fundraising potential is uncapped. 

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Fundraising


However big or small your fundraising goals are, Vertical Limit Aviation can help you reach your goals.  We will work with each organization on a personal level to develop the fundraising event that best suits your size and fundraising goals.  Through our Helicopter Flight Raffle Program, your organization's fundraising potential is uncapped. 

However big or small your fundraising goals are, Vertical Limit Aviation can help you reach your goals.  We will work with each organization on a personal level to develop the fundraising event that best suits your size and fundraising goals.  Through our Helicopter Flight Raffle Program, your organization's fundraising potential is uncapped.  Our fundraising services include but are not limited to:

  • Golf Ball Drops
  • Helicopter Rides Offered at Fundraising Event
  • Raffle Tickets
    • Packages are completely customizable.
    • Examples:

PACKET #1

  • 100 Tickets (Organization sells @ $10 each) = $1000
  • One 30 minute flight Raffled
  • Winner of drawing receives one flight for up to 3 people (Weight Restrictions May Apply)
  • Total Profit = $500

PACKET #2

  • 200 Tickets (Organization sells @ $10 each) = $2000
  • Two 30 minute flights Raffled
  • Winner of drawing receives one flight for up to 3 people (Weight Restrictions May Apply)
  • Total Profit = $1040

PACKET #3

  • 500 Tickets (Organization sells @ $10 each) = $5000
  • Six 30 minute flights Raffled Off
  • Winner of drawing receives one flight for up to 3 people (Weight Restrictions May Apply)
  • Total Profit = $2600

Let Vertical Limit Aviation take your next fundraising event to the next level. 

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Please contact us with any questions or concerns you have. FLY safe! 

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