Bay Area Scenic Discovery Flight Lesson

Fly a Cessna 172 Over San Jose During this Introductory Flying Lesson

5 stars 19 Reviews
participants Price for 1 participant

Learn to fly a plane as you take the controls of a Cessna 172 this one hour Introductory Flying Lesson over the San Francisco Bay area. This airborne adventure begins at the Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose, California. Here you and your guest will meet your Certified Flight Instructor and head out on to the tarmac where you will learn about the plane and go through the prefight safety check.

Following the briefing, it’s time to strap yourself into the aircraft. Your Instructor Pilot will taxi the plane down the run way for take-off. Once airborne, it’s time for you to take over the controls and discover first-hand what it is like to pilot an airplane! Depending upon weather conditions and air traffic, you will fly south along the Pacific Coast or north over Highway One.

Throughout this Introductory Flight Lesson, you will have the opportunity to learn some of the basics of flying a light aircraft, managing complex airspace and aerial landmark recognition. This Bay Area Discovery Flight is an unforgettable gift that you will continue to share and relish for years to come!

The Bay Area Scenic Discovery Flight Lesson Xperience Certificate® is for one participant.

You may invite one guest to join you for your Hands-On Scenic Flight. (The maximum combined weight of both passengers may not exceed 500lbs.)

California, San Jose

The Flight Lessons are offered seven days a week year round, subject to availability. Flights may be scheduled between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

The Introductory Flight Lessons includes 20 to 30 minutes of ground instruction followed by a 60 Minute flight and have a total duration of approximately 1˝ hours, unless an Extended Option is selected.

The San Jose Flying Lessons may be rescheduled by the Instructor due to high winds, heavy rain, fog or other inclement weather.

What to wear
Comfortable clothing and rubber soled shoes are recommended for this experience.

Additional Information
Participation is limited to individuals weighing less than 300lbs. The combined weight limit for you and your guest is 500lbs. Individuals who are pregnant, have broken bones or other physical conditions which are considered unsafe conditions are not eligible to participate.

All pilots are accident and incident free and the Company has a 100% safety record. Pilots are trained beyond the rating they currently hold and are Certified Flight Instructors.

Participants are required to sign a Liability Release Form prior to flight. If the participant is under the age of 18 a parent or guardian will need to sign the form prior to participation.


Cancellation Policy
All changes to reservations for the Bay Area Scenic Discovery Flight Lesson require fourteen (14) days advance notice.

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

Bay Area Flight Lesson 

5 stars

This flight was a birthday gift from my family which far exceeded all our expectations. The instructor was a lovely gentleman who gave me plenty of confidence during this first-ever flying lesson. The day was absolutely beautiful so we were able to see San Francisco at its finest and my husband was able to take some great photos too. This was an experience I'd thoroughly recommend for all ages and stages of life. 

- - Batemans Bay Australia, Sunday, October 27, 2013

Bay Area Scenic Flight 

5 stars

My wife got this for me for our anniversary and it was the best gift ever! Patrick was my instructor and he was very professional, knowledgeable, and fun. We had a great time and my wife was able to come along too. I would definitely recommend this experience. 

- - San jose, Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A Wonderful Flying Experience 

4 stars

This was a surprise birthday present for my boyfriend. I picked this specific flight lesson because the description stated that you get to fly the plane and it goes over the scenic bay area. Just want to clear the description up, they do not fly you over scenic parts of the bay area. This is not a scenic flight. This is a hands on flight to allow the person the most flying time to experience flying. We still had a wonderful time of course. My boyfriend was excited to learn and take control. This one also allows you to bring a passenger and I loved having the opportunity to fly with him. The instructor was knowledgeable and I felt completely safe. It was a fantastic surprise! And I'd recommend this to anyone who wants hands on action! Great experience! 

- - San Francisco, Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Flight Lesson 

5 stars

It was great. The pilot (Jen) was wonderful - calm, professional and skilled. She allowed me to fly the plane as much as I was capable and helped when necessary. My passenger (my wife Michele) is next! 

- - San Jose, Friday, June 29, 2012

Great time! 

5 stars

How can you beat this - a gret flight over Santa Cruz and got to take the controls for about 35-40 minutes. Sergie was very patient terrific experience - highly recommended! 

- - Reid Hillview Airport, Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Bay Area Scenic Flight 

5 stars

An experience of a lifetime. 

- - Fremont, Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Flying Lesson 

5 stars

This was probably the most amazing experience I've had to date. My instructor (Rich) was so good at explaining everything and he made me feel super comfortable I mean really, taking off in a plane, being 5,000 feet off the ground, simulating an engine failure..that's all pretty big stuff if you've never done it before. I was positively amped to fly and the experience met every expectation I had. Now I want to keep flying forever! I totally recommend buying this experience. 

- - AeroDynamic Aviation, Friday, November 11, 2011

Flight Experience 

5 stars

It was excellent and our Flight instructor Erik was excellent. 

- - San Jose, Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Hands On Flying 

5 stars

Thanks for a great day. We had a blast on our bay tour flying lesson. We could have used more hands on as the title said but it was fun none the less. Perhaps you should rename the experience Bay Tour and take the hands on part out. 

- - San Francisco, Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Bay Area Flight Lesson 

5 stars

This was a great time. I thought it would be more of a scenic flight but the instructor (who was great) had me flying most of the time. It's very, very cool. We hopped over the mountains to Santa Cruz and back on a beautiful November day. So much to see and lots going on in the sky's as well. If you want to treat someone, this is a very good choice. I really liked all the people and the instructor was a former AA pilot (Derick) who really knew what he was doing. Plane is old but that's part of the charm. Feels like you are barnstorming. 

- - Reid-Hillview Airport, Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Bay Area Flight Lesson 

5 stars

We were extremely impressed with the crew at the Aerodynamic Aviation building, and would go again in a heartbeat. The flight lesson was a birthday gift for my boyfriend, and it was the absolute BEST time ever! Jim is an amazing instructor and such a delight to be around. He explained everything he was doing, and let my boyfriend take the controls most of the time, including landing! The views were wonderful, and Jim let my boyfriend do some basic tricks, like stalling the plane and 360 turns. This was truely the best part of our trip, thanks to Jim. I would definitely recommend this group to anyone who wants to fly or go on a scenic flight. It was just the most amazing experience ever! :O) 

- - Amelia Reid, Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Scenic Flight Full Bay Tour 

3 stars

I was disappointed in the fact that I didn't get to have any hands on flight time during my bay tour flight as suggested by the name of the tour. It just turned out to be a sit back and enjoy the flight which I have already experienced before on other tours. My wife had purchased a similar hands on flight package for my brother in law in the Los Angeles area and he got to work the rudder during taxing to make turns, helped in take off and landing, and while in the air make turns and elevation changes. I did get the chance to hold on to the elevator controls during take off but that was the extent of my hands on flight experience and therefore was very disappointed in the overall flight tour. The tour itself was very beautiful as it was a clear day and not to much wind so a very smooth experience. Just wish I could have had more hands on flight time as stated in the package. 

- - San Francisco, Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Scenic Full Bay Tour 

5 stars

Enjoyed the trip more than expected! Had a great time over a pretty area. 

- - San Francisco, Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Hands on Scenic Flight 

5 stars

Everyone at Amelia Reid / Aerodynamic Aviation were incredibly friendly from the moment we arrived. My instructor Jim Gave us a tour through on of the hangars, where he gave us a brief history lesson on airframes and materials. During the pre-flight check of the aircraft Jim told us exactly what and why he was doing what he was doing. Now the FLIGHT... From Taxing to landing there was hardly a moment I had my hands or feet off the controls. Jim let me do most of the flying as he coached from the right seat. His instructions were very clear and concise, and I had great confidence with him there, correcting anything I did wrong. It was a great flight with a great instructor. 

- - Amelia Reid Aviation, Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hands on Bay Area Scenic Flight 

5 stars

Excellent first time experience. The instructor, Jerod, was very knowledgeable,and the pre-flight check was very detailed. The flight itself was excellent and the Jerod's instructions were always informative and detailed. I would strongly recommend the entire experience and Ameil Reid Aviation to everyone. This is only my first time out and I am ready for more flying experiences. 

- - Reid-Hillview Airport, Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Scenic Full Bay Tour 

5 stars

The flight was amazing! This was such a great experience for both me and my boyfriend. We enjoyed every minute of it. We had some awesome views of the SF Bay. Jared was such a fun and talented pilot he made the flight worth our while! 

- - Sacramento, Ca, Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Scenic Full Bay Tour 

5 stars

The Tour was amazing! My boyfriend got to take the controls and we got some amazing pictures! Thank you! 

- - Santa Rosa, CA, Sunday, August 31, 2008

Hands on scenic flight 

5 stars

I had a very wonderful time. The instructor was very good, going over all the pre=flight procedures, so I felt like this was really me flying this plane. I helped with the take off and did most of the flying and the landing! I would recomend this to anyone who has ever had the desire to fly. 

- - Amelia Reid Airport, Friday, August 15, 2008

Flying Lesson 

5 stars

From the moment we walked in the door we were treated as if we were old friends by everyone in the office. Any question asked was met with complete information in a friendly way. The flight instructor was friendly and able to explain everything in a very clear and understandable way. Pre-flight check of the plane gave every detail of the operation and reason for checking each item and the method to assure all was ready for flight. Once in the air, instruction was clear and precise, with an explanation of all options. It was as though I had taken lessons with Mike many times before. After an explanation of how to control the aircraft, I was given a chance to try the maneuver. All aspects of flying, including airspace information, weather effects, and what happens to the plane during maneuvers were explained. I almost signed up to get my pilots license as soon as I landed, it felt so comfortable. I highly recommend flying out of Amelia Reid Aviation to anyone interested in flying. 

- - Amelia Reid Airport, Saturday, August 09, 2008

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