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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"What do you get a man that has been asking for socks for the past 30 years for Christmas? Flying lessons! My dad loved it. In his words: "The staff were friendly and helpful. Pilot Gary was very personable and technically top-notch, which made for a very pleasant experience." He said the only thing that would have made it better was a longer ride. The staff allowed us to take pictures outside next to the plane. They even drove up next to the window to wave goodbye before they took off into the perfect blue sky. My 1-1/2 year old son loved every minute of watching the experience. He loved seeing the planes come in and take off. He screamed with excitement, jumped on the couches, clapped, and waved at the planes. When the lesson was over, Pilot Gary joined us in the Pilot Shop and played with a toy airplane with my son. This experience was amazing, not just for my dad, but everyone involved. Thank you!!!"
"My flight instructor Chris was great! Very knowledgeable and thorough. I would highly recommend this experience with Thunderbird Aviation and Cloud 9 Living. "
"My pilot was Tony. I was comfortable with him and appreciated learning about the process. I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone who is interested in a flying adventure! Thank you."