Learn to Fly a Cessna in Chicago
Chicago Executive Airport - Wheeling, IL
Northern Illinois & Downtown Adventure Flights
Daily - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
*Pending pilot availability
Lake Geneva Getaway
April - October:
Daily - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
*Pending pilot availability
- One on one instruction with a 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
Upon arrival, you will be assigned 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.
This lesson is not to be confused with an "airplane ride" where one passively watches someone else do the work. The whole idea of this introductory flight lesson is to get you to do as much as possible.
You will do all the pre-flight procedures, taxi the aircraft, talk to the control tower to get clearance, learn about the complexity of the take off, and once airborne you'll do many in-flight maneuvers. Your certified instructor will be sitting next to you telling you to "push this" and "pull that", but you will do most of the flying.
You will receive a Certificate of Completion with the logged hours signed by your flight instructor.
Through this flight you will experience all the different aspects of flight, have a lot of fun, and know enough to decide whether you want to continue the challenge of learning to fly.
Northern Illinois Flight:This package is for a 1.5 hour lesson, with approximately 30 minutes of flight time.You will take off from the Chicago Executive Airport and fly above the surrounding area.
Downtown Adventure Flight:This package is for a 2 hour flight lesson with approximately 1 hour of flight time. You will depart Chicago Executive Airport and initially fly over Glenview, Deerfield, Northbrook, Winnetka and Evanston. Once you cross the shoreline of Lake Michigan, you will proceed southbound and perform a circuit of the Loop, the Sears Tower and the Hancock Building. Returning along the north side, you will fly over Wrigley Field, Skokie and Lincolnwood before returning to the airport.
Lake Geneva Getaway: This 3.5 hour deluxe flight package with approximately 1.5-2 hours of flight time will be remembered for a lifetime. After take off you will fly north over Mundelein, Libertyville and Lincolnshire to Great America (Gurnee), then turn left and head northwest toward the Chain of Lakes and City of Lake Geneva. You will land at Grand Geneva Airport, and enjoy a beverage or light lunch at the Grand Geneva Spa and Resort, before taking off again and flying back to Chicago Executive Airport. The total experience will take around 3.5 hours.
- The combined weight of the student and passenger cannot exceed 500 lbs
- Price includes any applicable fuel surcharges
- For the Lake Geneva Getaway package, price does not include food or beverage purchased at the Grand Geneva Spa & Resort.
Lesson times vary according to the flight package selected.
The student may bring along 1 passenger on the flight.
A friend or family member is welcome to fly as a passenger and enjoy the scenery.
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.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 3 weeks in advance for weekend flights, and 1 week in advance for weekday flights.
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9 Living's standard return and exchange policy shall apply. Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, cancellations or rescheduling must be completed up to 48 hours prior to your scheduled flight for 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.
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.
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"My first flight lesson was amazing!!! My instructor was knowledgeable, friendly and was excited to be teaching me. The scenery flying along the Chicago lakefront was beautiful. The air traffic control towers were very helpful in identifying approaching aircraft in our vicinity as well. I'm excited to take another lesson in the future! "
"This was the best experience of my life. Mike, our pilot, was every friendly and a great instructor. He gave me compete control of the plane in order to have the complete experience."
"I can't believe to say that this actually worked. I was interested in learning how to fly an airplane, was not sure how to get started. I saw that there was schools teaching but it was all expensive, I just wanted a one day trial to see if flying is for me. I was not to sure how to take a quick class and give it a shot in flying, I was going to call the airport see if they were any help. But I didn't, instead I let Cloud9 do all the work. At first making a transaction, I was a bit scared, this whole thing might not even be real. But from the looks of it, every transaction process had a security feature on the URL. So I went along, and what do you know, a day later I get a call giving me instructions to pick a day and confirming it. That got my hopes up. During the event, I got to the location and I was amazed the instructor already knew who I was. The Flight was freaking Amazing! I'll definitely come back to Cloud9 when I want to do something out of the ordinary. "