Tuesday, September 30, 2008
All Access: Flightseeing
From the beaches to Ocean Drive, we all know Miami has a lot to offer, but you haven't really seen the Magic City until you've seen it from high above. Seven's Dave Kartunen takes us soaring with an All Access pass.
WSVN -- You've seen the sights and hit the hot spots, and you've probably tasted Miami's finest restaurants, but if you've heard yourself say, "been there, done that," well, buckle up.
Don Bueneman: "The Magic City is certainly a beautiful place on the ground and real pretty out on a nice day out on the water, but you haven't seen all of the magic until you've seen it by air."
Don Bueneman: "Most people get to see Miami from the air from a little tiny porthole window from their commercial airliner when they're arriving or departing."
Jetliner pilot Don Bueneman saw a niche and went for it. Miami Flightseeing Tours was born.
Don Bueneman: "What we're offering is basically 360-degree vision on just how great the city is."
Taking off from North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines, seven days a week, Miami Flightseeing Tours show you the Miami you've never seen before.
Don Bueneman: "There is so much to see. You've got miles and miles of pristine beaches. Like this morning: the water looked like emeralds."
It's like art, sometimes you have to take a step back to truly appreciate it, and, from 1,000 feet, the city's beauty truly jumps out at you, the color of the water on Miami Beach, the little details on the Art Deco buildings of South Beach.
Don Bueneman: "I can hear the 'oohs' and 'ahhs' over the intercom, and, at some point during the flight, I'll hear this, 'I had no idea' or 'Oh, my God' or 'This looks so cool.'"
And by air you can get to places off the beaten tourist path, like the stunning view of the Cape Florida Lighthouse.
Don Bueneman: "You've got the Stiltsville houses that originated in the 1920s and 30s, and there's only seven left, and once they're gone, they're gone forever, and most people that come here don't even know about it."
Across Biscayne Bay and up close and personal with the Miami skyline. Maybe the city's spectacular waterfront blinded us to another perspective.
Don Bueneman: "You can mention the Grand Canyon, Hawaii, and everyone knows. If they really wanted to, they can get an airplane tour and check things out."
And then you can truly say you've seen all Miami has to offer.