Learn to Fly in Minneapolis

Eden Prairie, MN

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Jump in the pilots seat and feel the thrill of flying a Piper Archer or Piper Warrior, two of the most common flight training aircrafts in the world.
  • In business for over 35 years, your flight school is one of the oldest commercial aviation operations in the Midwestern U.S.
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructors
  • After a preflight inspection and explanation of flight instruments, you will put on your headset and prepare for take off!
  • No experience necessary
Flying Cloud Airport - Eden Prairie, MN
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Daily - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Essential Information
  • Fly either a Piper Warrior or Piper Archer
  • Participants must be at least 10 years of age
  • Maximum student weight may not exceed 270 lbs
  • Participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present to sign a liability waiver
  • This introductory flight can only be booked once per participant
  • Temperature must be 5 below 0 or higher to fly
About 1 hour total with approximately 30 minutes of time in the aircraft. Time is calculated from engine start to engine stop.
Experience Provider Info
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Maximum Participants
1 participant per plane
Spectators are welcome to watch the plane take off and land.
Weather Dependent
This experience is weather dependent and temperatures must be at least 5 below zero to fly. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What To Wear
Dress appropriately for expected weather conditions.
Can I participate if I am under 18 years old?
Yes, but you will need a parent or guardian present with you at the airport to sign a waiver.
How many participants can join?

This experience is for one student at a time!

Is there a weight limit?

The maximum weight for this experience is 270 lbs.

Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be returned hassle-free within 30 days. All refunds will be made to the original purchaser.
Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be exchanged for anything else in our marketplace at any time.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs more, you'll simply have to pay the difference. If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs less, you'll have a credit towards your next booking with Virgin Experience Gifts.

Cancellation Policy

Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, no returns or exchanges are allowed. Once you have received a booking confirmation, rescheduling is allowed up to 72 hours prior to the experience. Failure to appear on your booked date or reschedule at least 72 hours prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience. In the event that the date is cancelled due to weather, no refunds will be given, but you may reschedule directly with the experience provider. 

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Customer Reviews

This experience has a customer rating of 5
based on 99 reviews.
My instructor at Thunderbird Aviation did an exceptional job of explaining everything he knew about flying the plane. It was such a great experience to be the pilot! He totally let me fly the plane right up until it was time to touch down, then was the first he took over the controls. I really enjoyed this adventure!
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Kara, It sure does sound like you got a pretty incredible instructor on your flight! I love knowing your instructor was able to share his knowledge with you and you were able to learn! It is not everyday you get to be the pilot, but you got to fulfill that dream. Who knows maybe more flying is in your future! Thanks for an incredible review! Best, Brooke
This was a great Experience and I would gladly do it again.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Cutler, I am glad you had such a great time out on this flight! We would be delighted to provide more and more flight opportunities in the future! Best, Brooke
Pilot was friendly and informative. Only thing is we thought it was a 1hr session but it ended in 30 mins.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Vanaja, I am pleased to know that your pilot was both informative and friendly. What more could you ask for in a pilot? Our apologies for an confusion surrounding the time in the plane. This experience does only last for about 30 minutes once in the aircraft and appreciate your feedback so we can be as transparent as possible! I do hope we have the chance to get you out on more flights soon! Best, Brooke
It was an amazing time flying. Instructor was great and helped me understand all the instruments and what they did. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a chance to fly.
A enjoyable experience!
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Paul, I am thrilled to hear that you had such an amazing time on your flight experience! We would love to hear more about it. Regards, Briana
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