Feel the unforgettable thrill of taking the controls and soaring through the sky in an airplane as you Learn to Fly over Chicago area!
Upon arrival, you will be assigned your own personal FAA Certified Flight Instructor who will walk you through all the things a real pilot does before, during and after a typical flight.
This lesson is not to be confused with an "airplane ride" where one passively watches someone else do the work. The whole idea of this introductory flight lesson is to get you to do as much as possible.
You'll do all the pre-flight procedures, taxi the aircraft, talk to the control tower to get clearance, learn about the complexity of the take off, and once airborne you'll do many in-flight maneuvers. Your certified instructor will be sitting next to you telling you to "push this" and "pull that", but you will do most of the flying.
You'll receive a Certificate of Completion with the logged hours signed by your flight instructor.
Through this flight you will experience all the different aspects of flight, have a lot of fun, and know enough to decide whether you want to continue the challenge of learning to fly.
Northern Illinois Flight: This package is for a 1.5 hour lesson, with approximately 30 minutes of flight time. You will take off from the Chicago Executive Airport and fly above the surrounding area.
Downtown Adventure Flight: This package is for a 2 hour flight lesson with approximately 1 hour of flight time. You will depart Chicago Executive Airport and initially fly over Glenview, Deerfield, Northbrook, Winnetka and Evanston. Once you cross the shoreline of Lake Michigan, you will proceed southbound and perform a circuit of the Loop, the Sears Tower and the Hancock Building. Returning along the north side, you will fly over Wrigley Field, Skokie and Lincolnwood before returning to the airport.
Daily - 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Yes, you may bring 1 passenger, but the combined weight of the participant and passenger cannot exceed 500 lbs.
No, our hands-on course is geared for beginners.
No. If the participant is a minor, he/she will need parental consent. The pilot is able to tailor the experience to participants of any age. Passengers must be old enough to ride without a child seat.
While all of our partners pilots are qualified and certified to fly and instruct flights, their chief pilots do come with more experience and accolades that may provide more comfort during your flight.
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