October 5, 2007
If aircraft owners and pilots come to AOPA Expo looking for ideas about how to have more fun with their airplanes, they have plenty of options. ParkWest Air Tours, based in Grand Junction, Colo., will train pilots in mountain flying and then take them and their families on a guided tour to some of the most spectacular regions in the American West. Expert guides and experienced pilots will take care of all the planning, including rental aircraft, lodging, ground activities, and meals. Pilots and their passengers can explore National Parks like the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone, and spectacular regions like Monument Valley, Mesa Verde, and Mexico's Copper Canyon. Most tours are in groups of just five to seven airplanes and last about 10 days.
Ground activities include horseback riding, river trips, star gazing, wildlife watching, and visits to beaches, volcanoes, and historic sites.