Flight schedule and frequently asked questions

Important:

We fly from April to late October, the dates get constantly expanded!
The latest deadline is not the last flight of the year!!

No more free space for your group?
Please call us, and we will create a new flight for you!

Date
Time
Route
Occupancy
So 06.05.2018
11:00
Neuschwanstein
Free cabin seats: 0
Cockpit seat occupied
So 06.05.2018
12:00
5-Seen-Land
Free cabin seats: 1
Cockpit seat occupied
So 06.05.2018
15:00
Neuschwanstein
Free cabin seats: 0
Cockpit seat occupied
So 06.05.2018
16:00
Neuschwanstein
Free cabin seats: 7
Cockpit seat occupied
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

five lakes flight

Cockpit Antonov biplane

Andechs Monastery

Neuschwanstein Castle

High alpine mountains

Logo Classic Wings Bavaria

Frequently asked questions:

 

When do you fly?

biplane AN-2 Colt CockpitWe fly mainly on weekends, however sometimes we also organize flights during the week. The exact dates can be seen on our home page or you can call our hotline (+49-174-3418667).

How long do we have to book in advance?

The sooner you make a reservation, the better we can take care of your desired date. Nevertheless, we also try to handle short-term orders. If you order a gift voucher, please note the delay required for delivery. Normally delivery takes up to three working days

Are there any group rates?

Yes, there are. If you are planning to charter the whole airplane, please give us a call for special rates.

Are there any individual routes?

In case of single orders, we offer two different routes (either Neuschwanstein Castle or Five Lakes Plateau).
Of course we can prepare the routing individually for a whole group.

Will it be a calm flight?

Sunset flight in the AlpsSince with our guests on board we only fly in good weather conditions, when flying with "Auntie Anna" you might feel as though it’s like sitting on your sofa back home.
Sometimes we fly through areas where the air is moving slightly. The airplane gets lifted a bit and lowered again thereafter. This slight turbulence does not occur very often and tends to be only local due to the warming of the ground below from the sun. If there is a possibility of strong turbulence, according to the weather forecast, we would therefore have to cancel the flight.

Is it quite noisy inside?

No! While you hear the reliable, sonorous hum of our strong 1000 hp engine in the background, you will be able to have conversations at a normal level.

What about elderly or disabled people?

This is not a problem due to the Antonov´s very wide entrance door as well as two steps to provide easy access. Many old or disabled people fly with us, even with a wheelchair and have no difficulties with entry and exit. Of course, our ground crew is also happy to help. Bad Woerishofen is a small private airfield with quite a charming atmosphere and all the distances are quite short. However, if necessary, the plane’s parking position can be approached directly by car!

 

How do you organize the flight?
biplane over high Dolomites mountain

Our schedule is available through our homepage where you can easily make an online reservation.
On the other hand passengers are also welcome to arrange their flights using our hotline. The reservation typically has to be done 2-3 weeks in advance.
If, however, there is a short-term space (e.g. due to illness of a passenger), our customers may receive a call from us to see if they would like this for themselves. Therefore we would appreciate contact details of the recipient together with your order.
We always try to fulfil the requests of our guests. Please note the maximum amount of ten persons on board.
Yet another thing: If you order a voucher for another person as a gift, please tell us the date when it will be forwarded. Thus the surprise for this person will not be spoiled by an early call from us!

How is the weather supposed to be to conduct the flight?

AN-2 at grass airfieldThe Antonov 2 should be operated under visual flight conditions as prescribed by law. In contrast to other aircraft such as the Junkers Ju52, which is certified to fly right through the clouds, our "Auntie Anna" always stays outside of the clouds.
The minimum prevailing flight visibility should be 8km. Nowadays, the meteorological advisory is very good and accurate, so we usually are familiar with the upcoming weather three to five days in advance.
In case the flight date is forecast to be very cloudy (visibility below 10km) or stormy, we will inform you as early as possible and arrange a new flight with you.
Low clouds or light rain, however, do not affect the flight provided the flight visibility below the cloud ceiling is good! In this case, the pilot is permitted to leave the standard minimum flight altitude of about 2000 feet above ground level and descend down to 500 feet, to stay clear of clouds. Such a low level flight has it’s own unique charm, with Andechs Monastery or Neuschwanstein Castle moving past the viewer at eye level almost close enough to touch (NB minimum separation distance of 600m is always respected)!
Of course, everybody prefers to fly in a beautiful blue Bavarian sky (so does the pilot), but in our country there aren’t always perfect weekends. Nor can they be planned for two months in advance. We therefore appreciate your understanding, if your flight should take place in less than optimal weather. As described above, using appropriate routing the pilot will try to give you the best possible result for your flight within the given conditions.
Ultimately, it is always the pilot’s decision if the flight takes place or not. Please show up in time on the agreed flight date, otherwise your voucher may not be considered for a later scheduling.
Still another small remark: In the rainy year of 2008 only 2 flights had to be cancelled. All the other flights were as planned and the passengers have really enjoyed their experience!

Is there a restaurant at the airfield?

Yes! As mentioned above, the Bahle-Schmidt family runs a lovely small restaurant on the field. The homemade cake of mummy is to be recommended particularly!

Company incentive with biplane AN-2

How long is the voucher valid?

1 year after issue.

Do we have a good view during the flight?

You are going to fly with the world's only remaining Antonov AN-2 equipped with large rectangular panoramic windows! Every seat gives you an excellent view over beautiful Bavaria. Additionally you are allowed to move within the airplane, just feel free to take a look into the cockpit too! There is even a special feature of a domed viewing glass - poke your head outside without the wind so to speak - the kids love it!

At what height is the flight?

On the one hand we fly in such a way that no one on the ground gets bothered. On the other hand you will enjoy an excellent view as well as being able to recognize each detail at a height of approx. 600m (2000ft)!

Are there any special physical requirements?

No! The flight is absolutely no stress for your body and circulation. Many elderly people fly with us and feel very comfortable.

Who flies the plane?

Of course the plane is flown by a a very experienced pilot, who is most familiar with his aircraft. Both pilots and aircraft must undergo periodic checks, they are incoperated within the air operators charter of the carrier Classic Wings Bavaria, Germany.

Is the plane safe?

With our way of operation (in good weather), statistics show the Antonov as one of the safest aircraft in the world.The extremely reliable 1000hp radial engine was produced unchanged for decades and used to be the power plant for many types of aircraft. An old aviator is quoted as saying: "The most significant danger in connection with flying is the trip to and from the airport!"

What is the history of the aircraft?

D-FOKK – The history of an exceptional aircraft

Happy Captain Andy looking out of his AN-2 The LUFTHANSA AN-2 COLT with it´s current registration D-FOKK was delivered to the former East German “Deutsche Lufthansa” on the 12th of July 1958. It was then certified for passenger transport with the official ID DM-SKK.
Unlike most of the other still airworthy AN-2, which are of Polish origin, this aircraft was built with factory number 19504 in the original Soviet plant in Kiev as an AN2-T (transport version) type.
While most of the currently flying Antonov 2 from the former GDR have been used for military or agricultural purposes, the DM-SKK was responsible for passenger flights as well as flights from airports which were not suitable for bigger aircraft like Iljuschin-14.
In 1960 significant changes to the fuselage and interior of the aircraft were made by the VEB Apparatebau Schkeuditz. In this specialized factory the aircraft was equipped with large square windows, comfortable seats and tables to give the passengers in those days a touch of luxury. In addition, for safety reasons, the fuel lines were located outside the cabin and were aerodynamically covered. These clearly visible and distinguishing features remain today even after the subsequent reconfiguration from a passenger plane to a typical agricultural version.
The machine was then operated by the INTERFLUG agricultural flight unit until it was transferred to the department FAW (flight training and education) of INTERFLUG in 1967. Therefore DM-SKK was converted for it´s new role as a trainer plane in the aircraft plant of Leipzig-Mockau. It received an ADF receiver (radio compass), an attitude indicator, an emergency braking device for the flight instructor´s right seat, as well as a jump seat for the flight engineer sitting between pilot and flight instructor. At this time the SKK was operated mainly from Erfurt airport for cross country flights. Amongst the flight students it was called “The flying auditorium”.
Along with the discontinuation of the flight school in 1970 all Antonov of the INTERFLUG Department FAW except for DM-SKK got sold or scrapped. DM-SKK however again received an important task within the newly created special flight department, which became the centre for the remote sensing industry and research flights (FIF) later. Therefore on both sides of the fuselage, portholes (the domed shaped viewing glasses mentioned above) were installed as well as a hatch for a camera. Having the new call sign DDR-SKK, the aircraft primarily conducted aerial flight operations for industry and agriculture, such as surveying flights for brown coal opencast mining sites, pipeline flights and flights for exploration of mineral resources with the help of rear mounted magnetometers.
Occasionally, with a multispectral camera developed by Carl Zeiss Jena, even the aerospace high-tech was installed in this aircraft.
With the dissolution of INTERFLUG due to the reunification, the department FIF became the Berlin special flight GmbH (BSF) in 1990/09/01 and from then on the plane was used only occasionally for sightseeing flights.
On the selling of this AN-2 from the former trust assets to the company Medianova, Berlin, the aircraft received its current ID D-FOKK on 3/10/1990. Unfortunately, from then on, the machine was rarely flown and the overall condition deteriorated over time.
Due to the acquisition within the project "wings over Africa" in October 1999, it was made possible to preserve this wonderful and historically significant airplane for future generations. With the sufficient funds available the machine was recovered and repainted. In addition, the interior was prepared elaborately and the aircraft was made ready for a trip to southern Africa in the year 2002. Thus, with the latest recording and communication technology, a wide audience could attend this extraordinary flight and gave the D-FOKK another milestone in its history.
After two years of flying safari flights in South Africa, the biplane got purchased by it´s current owner, Andreas Wild. He flew the plane back from Windhoek/Namibia to Bavaria in April 2004. After an adventurous journey of 10500km and 11 days, the vintage plane found it´s new home at the beautiful little airfield of Bad Woerishofen.
So in any case, it will be ensured that this extraordinary aircraft will not suffer the bad ending like most others of it´s kind. For the long term future this flying masterpiece from a genius aircraft designer will be viewed in many places of Europe.

Are they still producing AN-2´s?

From 1947 till 2000 18,500 aircraft were built unchanged. Currently, though, they are still being manufactured in China!

What´s your speed?
Propeller of AN-2

We cruise at approx. 180 km/h, while fuel consumption is around 150 - 180 liters an hour.

How do we get to the airfield?

Bad Woerishofen airport is conveniently located next to the A96 motorway. Take the exit Bad Woerishofen, cross the highway and continue to the roundabout, take the first exit, then turn left. After 400m turn left again and cross a railway. It takes you a further 300m where you will reach the little airfield.

 

AN-2 Colt passing by

 

 

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