You don't have to just be a pilot or own a plane to enjoy and use the Airport facilities. There are variety of opportunities to get involved whether you want to get up in the air or stay on the ground! Aerial Sightseeing Tours – See St. Petersburg, the gulf beaches and surrounding Tampa Bay area by air! Sightseeing flights are available by helicopter ( Tampa Bay Aviation at 727-461-5229 or Executive Helicopters at 833-FLY-HELI ) or historic bi-plane ( Biplane Rides at 727-895-6266 ). Dining and flight specials are also available through the Hangar Restaurant ( 727-823-7767 ). Albert Whitted Airport Preservation Society – Airport tours, education center, National Airlines museum, monthly pancake breakfasts and other special events. Volunteer opportunities are also available. Please contact 727-822-1532 for information and/or to schedule a tour or go to www.AWAPS.org . Albert Whitted Park – Part of the City's beautiful waterfront park system, the Albert Whitted Park is located on the north side of the airport. The park has observation areas overlooking the airport and an aviation themed playground. The Park is open for the general public's enjoyment, but can be pre-reserved for special functions. For more information and to apply for a park permit, please visit the City's Parks Department at www.stpete.org/parks . The Park closes at sunset.
Fine Dining – The Hangar Restaurant and Flight Lounge (727-823-7767) is located in the Galbraith Terminal Building offering a full breakfast, lunch and diner menu. The "aviation-themed" restaurant provides great views overlooking the airport. Live music is available on certain evenings and food specials are offered on certain days. www.thehangarstpete.com
Flight Instruction – Ever wanted to learn how to fly? Flight lessons are available whether you want to become a recreational flyer or a commercial pilot (St. Pete Air at 727-755-1359). Introductory flights are also available. www.stpeteair.org
Young Eagles Program – The Young Eagles program is a nation-wide program developed by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) as a means to introduce young people to the experience of flight. The Young Eagles program at Albert Whitted is jointly sponsored by the local EAA, Chapter 47 and the Albert Whitted Airport Preservation Society (AWAPS). At various times during the year EAA-Chap 47 & AWAPS host a day of free flights for children between the ages of 8 - 17, To get more information and to find out a schedule of upcoming events, please call 727-822-1532 or log on to www.AWAPS.org . General information can also by found at www.youngeagles.org .