Republic Airport - Farmingdale, NY
Saturdays & Sundays - 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
- Learn from a FAA Certified Flight Instructor who has been a pilot for 25 years with a perfect safety record
- Take the controls of a Piper Archer - a light aircraft designed for flight training
- After take-off, you'll take the controls of the airplane with your instructor at your side guiding you through the flight maneuvers
- No experience necessary
Have you ever dreamed of sitting in the pilot's seat of an airplane and soaring over the landscape below? This Learn to Fly experience in New York is the experience for you.
After your orientation and safety debriefing, you'll climb into the pilot's seat of a Piper PA-28-181 Archer II and prepare for take-off.
Your knowledgeable, experienced instructor will take you through the pre-flight inspection and prepare the plane for take-off.
Next it's time to take off and enjoy the wonderful sensation of flight. With a certified flight instructor by your side in a meticulously prepared Piper Archer, you will learn the art of flight over the breathtaking landscape unique to New York.
After an exhilarating flight, you will land safely back on earth. This is wonderful and unique experience that is sure to be remembered for a lifetime.
- Participants must be at least 12 years old
- Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
- Landing fee is included in the package price
If you selected the 30-minute flight, plan on being onsite for about 60-minutes to allow time for orientation, questions and personal time. If you selected the 60-minute flight, plan on being onsite for about 90-minutes to allow time for orientation, questions and personal time.
1 student per plane
Not allowed in the plane, but friends and family are welcome to come and watch or take pictures and view the take-off.
This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What to Wear:
Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for weather conditions.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings 15-30 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, cancelling or rescheduling is allowed up to 72 hours prior to your experience, failure to appear on your booked date or to reschedule at least 72 hours prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience. In the event your experience is cancelled due to inclement weather you will reschedule your experience directly with your experience provider.
Is there a height or weight restriction?
There is not a height or weight restriction. However, if you are more than 300 pounds or taller than 6'8" please contact Cloud 9 Living.
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"Pat O'Toole was very patient, informative and very calm. Had a great time."
"I had the 1-hour flying lesson, that my wife gave me for my birthday. The pilot (Patrick) and I did a pre-flight check of the plane, and he explained what everything did as we walked around it. We then boarded and he explained each instrument and the controls. This took about a half an hour. Next I was allowed to taxi the plane to the waiting area, and then he took over for the take-off. Patrick flew south towards the water, and once over it, I took over the controls. He had me do some turns, fly level at 1000 feet, and then climb to 2000 feet. I did some more turns, and it was time to head back toward the airport. I flew towards the airport and descended to about 1400 feet until we were about to go back over land, and he again took over. The total time in the air was just over an hour, and I was flying for most of that. Patrick is a great teacher, and I completely enjoyed the experience. I would recommend Patrick to anyone who would like to fly a plane just for the experience or for training. "
"I want to thank the instructor/owner Patrick O'Toole for such a great experience. I was skeptical when I read about this experience prior to my lesson. Mr O'Toole made me really feel as if I was a co-pilot, starting with his excellent pre-flight checklist of the airplane, showing me what each of the wing and rudder components did, going through the testing of the fuel, etc. After we were airborne for about 5-10 minutes, he let me take over of the controls, obviously with his oversight and explanation of what to look for, turning, ascending and descending, throttle speed versus pulling on the yoke to climb, and really understanding the responsibility that a pilot has flying over beautiful Great South Bay on a beautiful day. I cannot wait for my second lesson! "