Learn to Fly a Cessna in Chicago

From: $219   


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

A dream come true for those that have always wanted to learn to fly!
  • 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

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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'll 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'll 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.

Flight Options
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.

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Essential Information:

  • 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
  • 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 and the Lake Geneva Getaway is a 3.5 hour lesson.

Maximum Participants:
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.

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.

Booking Information:
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.

Cancellation Policy:
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.

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  1. 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.
  2. Can I bring passengers?
    Yes, you may bring 1 passenger, but the combined weight of the participant and passenger cannot exceed 500 lbs.
  3. 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.
  4. Do I need experience?
    No, our hands on course is geared for beginners.
  5. 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.

Customer Reviews:

  • Fly a Cessna

  • June 08, 2017

  • 5

  • Chicago

"I received the flight opportunity as a Christmas gift from my daughter and step-daughter. I was finally able to take advantage of it. And I enjoyed it immensely. The really neat part was being able to do the flight in the Sundowner which was very much the same as the Musketeer I learned to fly in 48 years ago. I enjoy flying, but the small plane experience is truly the most pleasurable, the most personal. Besides, my wife was able to go along. Thanks!"

  • Fly a Cessna

  • May 10, 2017

  • 5

  • Chicago

"Perfect from start to finish!"

  • Fly a Cessna

  • May 01, 2017

  • 3-half

  • Chicago

"The entire experience was only about 1 hour, including the pre-instruction class versus the 1.5 hours advertised. There seemed to be a very cursory overview of use of instruments for someone who has never piloted before. Instructor did review all pertinent instruments as they were being used, but did not explain usage in depth. A five-minute preview of instruments and their purpose would have been very informative. To my disappointment, no mention was made of the video available for purchase during the pre-flight instruction session. When I raised the question after the flight was completed, I was told that the GoPro camera was not loaded for my trip. so no video was available. Overall, I feel the flight was a good experience and felt comfortable with the instructor as an experienced pilot."