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Learn to Fly a Cessna

Wheeling, IL

From: $244.00 4 Options Available
Based on Northern Illinois Flight For 2
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Wheeling, IL

Feel the unforgettable thrill of taking the controls and soaring through the sky in an airplane as you Learn to Fly over Chicago area!

  • One on one instruction with an FAA Certified Instructor
  • Learn to fly in a Cessna 172 and even bring a friend along to ride on this beautiful flight
  • Do everything a pilot does throughout the flight (except the takeoff and landing)
  • Perfect introduction to flying for anyone in the Chicago area who has always wanted to learn to fly
When Do I Choose A Date?
Either yourself or the lucky recipient can make a booking and select dates once you are in receipt of the voucher. You'll register the voucher, follow the booking instructions and your experience with us begins!

Daily - 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM


Essential Information
  • Combined weight of the student and passenger cannot exceed 500 pounds
  • Price includes any applicable fuel surcharges
  • Video packages are available to purchase directly from the flight school on the day of your flight
Lesson times vary according to the flight package selected. The Northern Illinois Flight is a 1.5-hour lesson, the Downtown Adventure Flight is a 2-hour lesson.
Experience Provider Info
Complete information for your Experience Provider, including contact information, will be included on your booking confirmation email once you or your gift recipient have scheduled the experience. Our Product Management team handpicks top-rated experience providers, removing the guesswork for you and ensuring your peace of mind.
Maximum Participants
This experience is for one student and up to one passenger, so long as the combined weight of the student and passenger does not exceed 500 lbs.
A friend or family member is welcome to attend and watch from the ground.
Weather Dependent
This experience is not weather dependent. In the event of inclement weather, the ground school portion of the lesson will still be conducted, and the flight portion of your lesson will be rescheduled to a nicer day.
What To Wear
Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for weather conditions.
What about weather?
Your flight lesson contains an element of interesting and educational ground school at the start which is done rain or shine. If after reviewing the weather your instructor decides it will not be good enough to fly, you will still do the ground school portion and reschedule your flight portion. This experience is never canceled due to weather.
Can I bring passengers?

Yes, you may bring 1 passenger, but the combined weight of the participant and passenger cannot exceed 500 lbs.

What if I'm interested in continuing to learn to fly and gain certification?
Your instructor is FAA Certified and can certify your flight time at the end of your lesson and will discuss with you the easy process if you are interested in becoming a pilot.
Do I need experience?

No, our hands-on course is geared for beginners.

Is there an age requirement for the participant?

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.

What is the difference between the chief pilot and a normal pilot?

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. 

Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be returned hassle-free within 14 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, cancellations or rescheduling must be completed directly with the experience provider at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled flight time and will incur a $10.00 fee. Failure to appear on your booked date or to complete a cancellation or rescheduling at least 48 hours prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience.

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