Flying Cloud Airport - Eden Prairie, MN
Daily - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
*Pending pilot availability
- In business for over 35 years, your flight school is one of the oldest commercial aviation operations in the Midwestern U.S.
- FAA Certified Flight Instructors
- After a preflight inspection and explanation of flight instruments, you will put on your headset and prepare for take off!
- No experience necessary
This first flight lesson is truly an experience you will never forget. After your introduction and safety debriefing, you will climb into the cockpit of a Piper Archer or Piper Warrior aircraft.
Your instructor will teach you the basics before take off, and soon you will be flying into the wild blue yonder. Once you are at your cruising altitude you will be able take the controls with your pilot's guidance.
After you have landed, you will take pride in knowing that you have accomplished something that few others have dared to attempt.
- Fly either a Piper Warrior or Piper Archer
- Participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present to sign a liability waiver
- This introductory flight can only be booked once per participant
- Temperature must be 5 below 0 or higher to fly
1 hour total with approximately 30 minutes of time in the aircraft. Time is calculated from engine start to engine stop.
1 participant per plane
Spectators are welcome to watch the plane take off and land.
This experience is weather dependent and temperatures must be at least 5 below zero to fly. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What to Wear:
Dress appropriately for expected weather conditions.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 14 days in advance.
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, no returns or exchanges are allowed. Once you have received a booking confirmation, rescheduling is allowed up to 72 hours prior to the experience. Failure to appear on your booked date or reschedule at least 72 hours prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience.
Can I participate if I am under 18 years old?
Yes, but you will need a parent or guardian present with you at the airport to sign a waiver.
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"Our pilot, Matt, was very friendly and knowledgeable. It was a great experience!"
"What a great experience!! Received the certificate for flying from my son for Mother's Day. I would not have done it, or even thought of doing this, if not for the certificate. Awesome flight and soooo smooth."
"My experience with the pilot was wonderful. He had 30 years flying experience, was conversational, and knowledgeable about what he was doing. I never doubted his capability and he answered any questions I had. He seemed to enjoy the experience as much as I did. My only negative experience was with the receptionist and with the email notification of the airport address. The address that it gave me was for Flying Cloud Airport, but it took me to an abandoned-looking building. I called the phone number provided on the email confirmation, and they told me I was at the wrong place. Even though that was the address on the email. The lady on the phone gave the correct address, which was thankfully less than two minutes away. When I reached my destination, the receptionist asked for my confirmation ID. At first I didn't know what that was, because the people I spoke to on the phone only asked for my name and address. I told the receptionist my name, but she had a condescending look on her face and spoke to me like a child, saying I couldn't be on the plane without my ID. I told her I'd check my phone and she said, "You do that." Once I got the ID, everything seemed fine until the pilot came up to me and innocently called me by the wrong name. I'm not sure why he called me that, but I corrected him and the receptionist called me over, and pointed her finger at the name that I said on the contract I signed, as though she were accusing me of writing a false name. I told her that the name I gave on the form is the name I was born with, and the pilot and myself went on with our business. Everything after that was wonderful, but the experience with the receptionist brought my mood down. I would gladly recommend this experience to other people --- as long as that lady at the counter is not there. "