About OBX Air Tour Adventures
Hi! We are Steph and Larry Ihle, two people who love flying, and we love sharing the joy! Flying is in our blood… Larry’s father flew B-25’s and B-26’s in WWII then was a captain with Eastern Airlines for many years after the war. Larry’s brother and daughter are both private pilots and his mother met his father while she was a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines. Steph’s dad also loved to fly but was not quite as traditional; he was known for ‘buzzing’ his boating friends in his amphibious ultralight over the waters around Ocracoke Island!
We are so thrilled to welcome pilot Phil Webb to our team this summer of 2018! Phil is a retired naval aviator, with 8 years in the Marines and 20 in the Navy. He flew the mighty SH-60B SeaHawk Helicopter with the World Famous Warlords of HSL-51, Atsugi Japan, was a Navy flight instructor and air boss, served in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and owns & operates a Yakolev 52 and also a Boeing Stearman Biplane. He is an Aviation Safety Officer graduate and was an aviation ground instructor. Not only is he the most qualified pilot we've ever had, he is full of boundless enthusiasm and a really great guy! He loves nothing more than flying, and it shows.
Larry got his fixed wing flying license in 1981 at the age of 20 and has enjoyed flying airplane tours and helicopter tours over the Outer Banks ever since. After a fantastic trip to New Zealand (and several helicopter flights), he became hooked on helicopters and soon after obtained his rotor wing rating. Taking a big leap of faith, we started Coastal Helicopters in 2009 with just the two of us – ‘Mom and Pop’! We soon decided that having an open cockpit biplane would be a great addition and added our 1990 WACO the next year. Continuing to follow our dreams, we recently added a 1943 WWII T-6 Texan trainer, “Sweet Sophia”. Larry’s Dad actually trained in one before moving up to bombers in WWII.
We really take pride and feel so privileged to be able to share the gift of flight in such special and unique aircraft, like our OBX Biplanes and OBX Warbirds. We hire only high time, experienced pilots and safety is our number one concern. Larry and Phil have a combined total of over 60 years of flying between them. Our goal is to give you the experience of a lifetime, while providing you with the most exceptional customer service, and unparalleled safety. We are 100% positive that the world would be a better place if everyone spent a portion of their day in the air!
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