Learn to Fly a Cessna


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Experience the thrill of flying when you Learn to Fly a Cessna near St. Louis!
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructors will teach you the basics of flying
  • Begin with a pre-flight inspection and ground school before taking to the air
  • Take the controls of a Cessna aircraft, the most popular training aircraft in the world
  • No experience necessary
  • Soar high above the Missouri countryside on the 30 minutes of flight!
Smartt Airport - Portage Des Sioux, MO
When Do I Choose A Date?
If giving as a gift, your recipient can choose a date at their convenience; otherwise, you can choose one after checkout.

Daily - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Essential Information
  • No experience necessary
  • Cessna 152: Student must weigh less than 160 pounds and be under 6'1"
  • Cessna 172: Maximum weight per person is 250 pounds, combined weight cannot exceed 500 lbs
  • Each passenger must present a valid form of ID
  • Students must be 16 years or old to fly up front with the instructor
You can expect to be at the airport for approximately 60 minutes with 30 minutes of flight time.
Experience Provider Info
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Maximum Participants
Cessna 152 option: 1 student and 1 instructor. Cessna 172 option: 1 student, 1 passenger and 1 instructor.
Spectators are allowed to watch the take off and landing from the flight ramp of the airport.
Weather Dependent
This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions. In the event that your experience cancelled, the pilot will work with you directly to reschedule your experience.
What To Wear
Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for weather conditions and closed toed shoes.
Do I need experience?
No experience is needed for this flight lesson!
What should I bring with me?
Please bring a valid form of identification with you.
What type of plane will we be in for this experience?
This Learn to Fly a Cessna experience will take place in either the Cessna 152 or Cessna 172, depending on the option selected.
What if my flight is cancelled due to weather?
We always recommend contacting your pilot on the day of your experience if you have any concerns regarding weather. In the event your flight is cancelled due to weather you can reschedule directly with your pilot.
Are there any height or weight restrictions?
Cessna 152: Student must weigh less than 200 pounds and be under 6'1" Cessna 172: Maximum weight per person is 300 pounds
Are there any age restrictions?
Students must be at least 16 years of age. There are no age restrictions for passengers. 

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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 refunds will be given. Rescheduling is allowed up to 72 hour prior to your experience. Failure to appear on your booked date or to reschedule at least 72 hours prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience. In the event your experience is cancelled due to inclement weather, you will reschedule directly with your pilot.

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Customer Reviews

This experience has a customer rating of 5
based on 22 reviews.
We had a wonderful and amazing experience flying with Steve Rogers. We commend his courteousness and professionalism. We have shared our experience on social media and recommended you to our friends for an extra-ordinary bucket-list-ticking moment. Thank you, and you might see us again. :) Bijoy and Mita Bordoloi
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hi there Bijoy and Mita, It is because reviews like this, I love what I do! Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know how your great gift went! I love that it was so amazing that you felt the need to share with your friends. I hope that means we are doing something right! :) I truly look forward to working together again on another great gift in the future! Regards, Kayleen
I had a blast and definitely plan on going again sometime.
It was a great experience. Instructor was very personable and let me do as much or as little as my comfort level
Had car problems on the 3 hour drive there . It was a father's day gift that ment the world to me now it's gone with no memories . Very disappointed.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello James, We are so sorry to hear about your car troubles, and apologize for the way this affected what was supposed to be a memorable fathers day gift.  I am happy we had a chance to connect and can not wait to hear about all the amazing memories you will create when you attend your adventure! Regards, Johnika
Fantastic instructor
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hi there, Andrew! I'm thrilled to hear your instructor was fantastic enough to provide you with a legendary 5-star experience, I'll be sure to pass your kind words along to our partners. I hope this aerial adventure provided you with a lovely memory to cherish! Warm regards, Courtney
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