Chicago First Flight Lesson

Learn To Fly a Plane Over Chicagoland on a Discovery Flight Lesson

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$186

Chicago First Flight Lesson

Learn To Fly a Plane Over Chicagoland on a Discovery Flight Lesson

5 stars rating 12 Reviews
participants Price for 1 Participant

Join the elite few who have actually piloted an aircraft during this exciting hands-on Introductory Flight Lesson! During this 1½ hour airborne adventure, you will work with 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.

At the Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling, IL you will meet with your Instructor who will show you the ropes of piloting a light aircraft during a ground instruction course and preflight safety check. When ready, you will hop into the pilot seat, turn the key to start the plane, taxi the aircraft and assist with take-off! Once airborne, you will be able to take over the controls and perform in-flight maneuvers during the 30 minute flight including the approach to the runway down to 50 feet!

So whether you are looking to begin a new hobby or to simply try your hand at flying - you will be able to say you've soared during your own Chicago Scenic Flight Lesson; a truly unique gift.

Who Who
The Chicago First Flight Lesson Xperience Certificate® is for one participant.

Guests Guests
You may invite one guest to join you for your Flying Lesson if an Additional Guest Option is Selected. (The maximum combined weight of both passengers may not exceed 500lbs.)

LocationLocation
Illinois, Wheeling

When When
The Chicago Flight Lessons are offered seven days a week year-round, subject to availability. Flights may be scheduled between 8:00 AM and 11:00 PM.

duration Duration
The Chicago Flying Lesson includes 30-40 minutes of pre-flight ground instruction, 30-40 minutes of flight time and a post flight debriefing with a total duration of approximately 1½ hours, unless an Extended Flight Lesson Option is selected.

Weather Weather
The Introductory Flight Lesson takes place in all weather conditions. If after the ground-instruction is complete the Instructor determines that the weather conditions are too severe for the lesson, then you will be able to return to the airport to complete this portion of the experience.

What to wear What to wear
Dress comfortably, layers and flat rubber-soled athletic shoes are recommended for this aerial adventure.

Additional Information Additional Information
A certificate of completion, suitable for framing, with the logged hours, signed by their Certified Flight Instructor will be awarded to the participant after the flight.

Unless an Alternative Aircraft Option is selected, the Flight Lesson over Chicago will take place in a Cessna 150. Participation is limited to individuals weighing less than 200lbs and less than 6' tall.

Participants over 200lbs or 6' tall must choose the Flight Lesson For Two Option which takes place in a larger plane and has a maximum combined weight of the participant and their guest of 500lbs. Individuals who are pregnant, have broken bones or other physical conditions which are considered unsafe conditions are not eligible to participate.

Price includes fuel surcharge. Gratuity for the Instructor is not included and should be extended following the flight.

Additional InformationITEM/SKU NUMBER  XD-1392-001

Cancellation Policy Cancellation Policy
All changes to reservations for the Chicago First Flight Lesson Experience require seven (7) days advance notice. All changes to reservations made prior to the seven (7) day advance notice are subject to a $30.00 administrative fee without exception.

Xperience Certificates® cannot be exchanged once a reservation for the experience has been made.

Price Price: $186


Who Who:
The Chicago First Flight Lesson Xperience Certificate® is for one participant.


Guests Guests:
You may invite one guest to join you for your Flying Lesson if an Additional Guest Option is Selected. (The maximum combined weight of both passengers may not exceed 500lbs.)


When When:
The Chicago Flight Lessons are offered seven days a week year-round, subject to availability. Flights may be scheduled between 8:00 AM and 11:00 PM.


duration Duration:
The Chicago Flying Lesson includes 30-40 minutes of pre-flight ground instruction, 30-40 minutes of flight time and a post flight debriefing with a total duration of approximately 1½ hours, unless an Extended Flight Lesson Option is selected.


Weather Weather:
The Introductory Flight Lesson takes place in all weather conditions. If after the ground-instruction is complete the Instructor determines that the weather conditions are too severe for the lesson, then you will be able to return to the airport to complete this portion of the experience.


What to wear What to wear:
Dress comfortably, layers and flat rubber-soled athletic shoes are recommended for this aerial adventure.


Additional Information Additional Information:

A certificate of completion, suitable for framing, with the logged hours, signed by their Certified Flight Instructor will be awarded to the participant after the flight.

Unless an Alternative Aircraft Option is selected, the Flight Lesson over Chicago will take place in a Cessna 150. Participation is limited to individuals weighing less than 200lbs and less than 6' tall.

Participants over 200lbs or 6' tall must choose the Flight Lesson For Two Option which takes place in a larger plane and has a maximum combined weight of the participant and their guest of 500lbs. Individuals who are pregnant, have broken bones or other physical conditions which are considered unsafe conditions are not eligible to participate.

Price includes fuel surcharge. Gratuity for the Instructor is not included and should be extended following the flight.


Additional InformationITEM/SKU NUMBER  XD-1392-001


Cancellation Policy Cancellation Policy:

All changes to reservations for the Chicago First Flight Lesson Experience require seven (7) days advance notice. All changes to reservations made prior to the seven (7) day advance notice are subject to a $30.00 administrative fee without exception.

Xperience Certificates® cannot be exchanged once a reservation for the experience has been made.


Absolutely awesome experience 

5 stars

 Absolutely loved the experience, received certificate as a birthday gift, my flight instructor was very professional, experienced and the entire experience of flying was just a dream come true. 

- - Chicago

Great Flight 

5 stars

 It was wonderful! The instructor allowed me to do much more of the flying than I expected. I would gladly do it again. 

- - Schaumburg, IL

This birthday present topped them all! 

5 stars

 If you wonder what it would be like to pilot an airplane and wish you could try it - don't delay any longer. This is an experience you'll never forget. Climb into the pilot's seat, start the engine, taxi to the runway, line yourself up and fly! Climb to altitude, hold straight and level flight, try a few turns, descents, climbs - your instructor talks you through the entire exercise, while YOU do the actual flying... CAUTION: This could be habit forming. 

- - Barrington, IL

Chicago Flight Lesson 

5 stars

 This was a 60th birthday present from my girlfriend. What an awesome gift and a GREAT experience! I have already signed up for the next set of lessons. The team of people at Chicago Executive were great. actually flew the plane much more than I had anticipated and the ease of scheduling was fabulous. 

- - Chicago Excutive airport

Flight Lesson 

5 stars

 The flight was absolutely amazing. I may even sign up for additional lessons. 

- - Executive Airport

Instructor Evaluation 

5 stars

 Pete was a highly skilled and pleasant instructor. I feel I learned a lot. 

- - Chicago

Flight Lesson 

5 stars

 I got this as a gift from my girlfriend and absolutely loved it. I was amazed at how much I had the controls. I taxied the plane from park, to the run way and did the full take off. We flew around downtown Chicago and down the coast. The views couldn't be beat. I literally flew the entire time until the last 50-100 ft of landing. The instructor was excellent. Very patient and gave great direction. I would definitely do this again. 

- - Chicago Executive Airport

1st Flight Lesson 

5 stars

 Great! 

- - Chicago

Amazing First Flight 

5 stars

 I bought this for my boyfriend as a Christmas present, he had always expressed a passion to fly one day. I purchased the extra option so that I could go along for the ride. Although I was terrified since I have a fear of flying my boyfriend absolutely loved it. I was amazed by the amount of things he was able to do. He did 98% of flying! He is now thinking of taking up flying as a hobby and can't wait to do it again. This gift is worth every penny and then some! 

- - Hickory Hills

Incredible First Flight 

5 stars

 My experience for the First Flight with the Chicago Executive Flight School was tremendous. My instructor, Adam, was incredibly thorough. My girlfriend was less than excited to fly in such a small plane and he walked us through every step of the pre-flight experience to help ease her fears. While in the air he was incredibly encouraging and overall made the experience one that I will never forget. I would recommend it to anyone that was interested. A truly great experience. 

- - Chicago

First Flight Lesson 

5 stars

 It was one of those things that everyone dreams but never gets to experience. Me and my husband loved everything about it, from A to Z... 

- - Stanulis

Flight Experience 

5 stars

 The flight experience exceeded my expectations. Leo, my flight instructor, was very informative and cordial. I highly recommend the experience to anyone considering giving it a try. 

- - Executive Airport Wheeling, Il

Question: If I purchased the 90 min flight plan for one person, is a guest able to go along or do I have to purchase one of the 2 person options even though only one person is actually flying the plane?

Answer: If you wish to have a guest join the participant to ride along in the plane, then one of the options 'for two' must be purchased.

The maximum combined weight of both passengers may not exceed 500lbs.

Question: Is there more actual flight time with the 60 min package option compared to the original package advertised?

Answer: The Chicago Flying Lesson includes 30-40 minutes of pre-flight ground instruction, 30-40 minutes of flight time and a post flight debriefing with a total duration of approximately 1½ hours, unless an Extended Flight Lesson Option is selected. If you would like, you can extend that flight time to 60 or 90 minutes.

Question: I want to get this as a gift for my boyfriend, but he doesn't have a driver's license. What sort of identification prerequisites are there to participate? Thanks.

Answer: To be eligible to participate in the Chicago First Flight Lesson, all participants must have a valid photo ID (passport or driver's license).

Question: Hi. I was wondering how safe this flight is and if during the flight there is a professional that will show or do what needs to be done? I want to buy this for my husband but he's never flown before (except when traveling, you know, the easy way). I just want to be sure he will be accompanied by someone in the plane?

Answer: The Chicago First Flight Lesson is an introductory flight that is meant for first time flyers. A professional pilot will be in the plane and with the participant the entire time. The Chicago Flying Lesson includes 30-40 minutes of pre-flight ground instruction, 30-40 minutes of flight time and a post flight debriefing with a total duration of approximately 1½ hours, unless an Extended Flight Lesson Option is selected. A certificate of completion, suitable for framing, with the logged hours, signed by their Certified Flight Instructor will be awarded to the participant after the flight. This is a very safe experience.

Question: Hi! I'd like to book this for my boyfriend's birthday. I would like to go with, but I don't want to fly the plane or anything. What option should I choose so he can do it all, but I can also come along?

Answer: The Chicago First Flight Lesson Experience Certificate® is for one participant. You may invite one guest to join you for your Flying Lesson if an Additional Guest Option is Selected. (The maximum combined weight of both passengers may not exceed 500lbs.) If you would like to join him on the flight as a guest, you will need to select the corresponding additional option from the drop down menu. The choice you make will depend on the length of flight you would like to purchase. You can choose the guest option for a 30, 60 or 90 minute flight. If you need help with your order, we are always happy to assist you over the phone. Our Customer Service Agents are available Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm EST.