Discovery Flight FAQ

Discovery Flight

Discovery Flight | Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a Discovery Flight cost?

There are several options to choose from, including how long your flight will last and the type of aircraft you will experience.

  • Standard Discovery Flight in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk – $125.00
    A brief familiarization of this modern four-seat high wing aircraft, then you are ready for takeoff. Experience the joy of flying. Roughly 30 minutes flight time.
  • Extended Discovery Flight in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk – $250.00
    This flight is essentially a first training lesson. Experience the excitement of trying your hands at a few basic flight maneuvers with an instructor. Roughly one hour flight.
  • Standard Discovery Flight in a Cirrus SR20 – $180.00
    A brief familiarization of this modern four-seat low wing aircraft, then you are ready for takeoff. Experience the joy of flying. Roughly 30 minutes flight time.
  • Extended Discovery Flight in a Cirrus SR20 – $360.00
    This flight is essentially a first training lesson. Experience the excitement of trying your hands at a few basic flight maneuvers. Roughly one hour flight.
  •  Premium Package – 2 Flights, 2 Airplanes – $600.00
    Can’t decide? You don’t have to! This package includes an extended discovery flight in both the Cessna 172 Skyhawk AND the Cirrus SR20.
  • Any Other Amount At Your Discretion
    If you do not wish to purchase a package, you may enter an amount of your choosing.

Will my Discovery Flight count towards my pilot training if I decide to get my pilot certificate?

Yes. Discovery Flights are as hands on as you would like and do count towards pilot certification. If you are scheduling a Discovery Flight because you are interested in learning to fly we would recommend flying for the full 60 minutes. It will be the best example of what a typical flight lesson would be like.

What days and times are available for Discovery Flights?

We can schedule a Discovery Flight 7 days a week at nearly any time that works for you. You will need to make a reservation as reservations are by appointment only. Call our office at (402) 475-8400 to schedule at your convenience.

How old do you have to be to do a Discovery Flight?

Seeing as there is no minimum age at which an individual can learn to fly there is also no minimum age at which an individual can do a discovery flight. To have the best experience and enjoy flying it is often recommended for this individual to be tall enough to reach the floor pedals and see the road outside of the windshield of a car.

Can I bring along a friend?

Yes, in most cases – all of our aircraft have four seats. However, each aircraft has different weight and balance limitations. Estimated weights of all passengers including yourself will be needed at the time we schedule your Discovery Flight. If everything falls within the aircraft’s limitations,  and that call is left up to the Certified Flight Instructor responsible for the safety of the flight, you are more than welcome to bring along a friend or family member to share this experience. From the back seat they can enjoy the ride, sulk in the scenery, and take as many photos they want until their heart is content!

What do I need to bring with me on the day of my Discovery Flight?

You are not required to bring anything special to the airport on the day of your reservation to go flying aside from the gift certificate if you have one.

Is the aircraft cabin heated or cooled?

For cold weather days, our aircraft have cabin air heaters just like automobiles. For warm weather days, fresh air is vented into the aircraft’s cabin and temperatures at altitude are cooler than at ground level.

What about cancellations for weather?

The number one reason we cancel flights is because of excessive wind, which is also the most difficult weather events to predict. Often, cancellations will occur within a few hours of the flight reservation. Our instructors are very good at understanding aviation weather reports and they want  you to experience the best of aviation with good visibility and smooth air. If weather won’t play nicely with us, the flight instructors will call to let you know and help you to reschedule the flight.

We want you to have an awesome first experience flying with us.

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