Learn to Fly

Gaithersburg, MD

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Soar to new heights as you start your journey toward earning your wings with this exciting flying lesson!

  • A great introduction for anyone who has ever considered flight training
  • Learn to fly under the careful guidance of your FAA Certified Flight Instructor  
  • Experience a preflight inspection followed by 30 minutes of flying
  • Train in a popular and trusted aircraft like the Cessna 172 or Piper PA-28
  • Sit in the pilot’s seat on your very first flight – no experience necessary!

Gaithersburg, MD

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Daily - 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM 

Essential Information
  • No experience necessary
  • Must be at least 5 years of age to participate
  • Maximum weight is 250 lbs per person and 400 lbs combined weight for all participants
This experience lasts approximately 1 hour total, with 30 minutes of ground instruction and 30 minutes of flight time from engine start to stop.
Experience Provider Info
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Maximum Participants
This experience is for 1 student and up to 2 passengers, depending on the option selected.
The student may bring up to 2 passengers for an additional fee and pending weight restrictions.
Weather Dependent
This experience is subject to weather such as strong wind, low clouds/fog, or maintenance issues. Please contact your experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What To Wear
Please wear comfortable clothing appropriate for weather conditions.
Are there any weight limits?

Maximum weight is 250 lbs per person or combined passenger weight of 400 lbs.

Are there any age restrictions?

Participants must be at least 5 years old.

Is this experience handicap accessible?

Unfortunately, this experience is not handicap accessible.

What type of airplane will I be flying?

You’ll learn to fly in either a Cessna 172 or Piper PA-28.

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 confirmation, cancellations and rescheduling for this experience is permitted up to 72 hours prior to the booked time. If you need to reschedule, please do so directly with the flight school and be sure to have confirmation that they have received your cancellation or reschedule request. Last minute cancellations may result in a $50 rebooking fee. Failure to appear on your booked date, or to reschedule in accordance with these terms will result in the loss of the value of the certificate. In the event that the date is cancelled due to weather, you will reschedule directly with the flight school. 

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Customer Reviews

This experience has a customer rating of 5
based on 14 reviews.
I had a wonderful time. -Josh C.
All around awesome!! Had Omar as an instructor and he made the whole experience fun and memorable!! Even with a bit of wind, we enjoyed flying with clear concise instruction! Definitely recommend!!
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Anthony, I am delighted to hear that Omar was such an incredible instructor and was able to make a lasting impact. Not even a little wind could get in the way of this spectacular experience and instruction. All around awesome review! I hope we can get you back out on the track in the future! Best, Brooke
My wife got me this flight experience as a gift. The pilot was friendly and knowledgeable. Had a great time and plan on doing it again with our daughter. Definitely recommend!
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Melanie, What a lovely gift! I am thrilled that you had a wonderful time on your flight and had an amazing pilot along the way. It makes me so happy to hear that you enjoyed this experience so much you plan to do it again with your daughter! Those will be unforgettable memories and I am extremely grateful we can help be apart of that. Thank you so much for your recommendation and we look forward to working with you again. Regards, Briana
The flight experience was fun and I like how they give you a run down on the flight instruments in the beginning. My instructor made it very interesting and it was a very nice experience overall. I loved it.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hi Ryan, I love to hear that you had a great time with your pilot and learned a new skill. How awesome is it that you were able to take full controls at one point and try something new? I am delighted that you had so much fun and that overall you found a potential new hobby! Let us know what is next on your bucket list!  Best, Brianna
Washington Flight Academy was safe and efficient, and my instructor Kevin was friendly and knowledgeable!
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Amy, Thank you for your stellar 5-star review of your Learn to Fly! I will be sure to pass along your very kind words to Kevin, and I hope that we will have another opportunity to get you out for a fun filled adventure. Best, Brianna
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