Learn to Fly in New York

From: $152   


Republic Airport - Farmingdale, NY


Saturdays & Sundays - 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

When it comes to pilot training dreams that go sky-high, there’s no better place than New York to learn how to fly. Jump into the cockpit of an airplane for an introductory flight lesson that lets you soar like never before!

  • Engage in a ground orientation and pre-flight inspection, followed by the hands-on instruction flight portion of the experience.
  • Take the controls of a Piper PA-28-181 Archer II, ideal for pilot training and personal use thanks to its light design.
  • Learn from an FAA certified flight instructor with a spotless safety record and 25 years of flying experience as a pilot.
  • Practice basic flight maneuvers as you marvel at the beautiful expanse of the Atlantic coast during your flying lesson in Long Island!
  • No prior flight training is necessary to enjoy this New York Learn To Fly experience!

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From the hangar, to the runway, to the sky high above — there's no time like the present to make NYC pilot training dreams come true! This Learn To Fly experience in New York is the perfect way to spread your wings, embrace unfathomable elevations, and give an intro flight lesson a go — straight from the cockpit of an airplane.

This exquisite piloting instruction is under the guidance of the best flight school in Long Island, and provides all the elements necessary to complete a thorough introductory flight lesson in NY. A ground orientation starts things off, followed by the pre-flight inspection. Then it's time to take to the air up there, to experience the thrill of hopping into the pilot's seat and being in control of a real Piper PA-28-181 Archer II!

This New York Learn To Fly experience is conveniently situated just a stone's throw away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. A quick 30-minute trip out of NYC will get you to Long Island's Republic Airport, home to the aviation school. Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by the NY flight academy's friendly staff, then escorted to the hangar to begin a ground orientation with your FAA certified flight instructor. With a pristine safety record and 25 solid years of flying experience, you know you're in the most capable hands!

Here you'll enjoy a thorough overview of the aircraft you'll be using for your airplane lesson: a meticulously-maintained Piper PA-28-181 Archer II. Your instructor may cover fascinating flight topics like the engineering of the plane, the physics of aviation, control panel functions, takeoff and touchdown sequences, safety protocol, the pre-flight inspection checklist, and even ATC and crew communications.

The Piper PA-28-181 Archer II itself is a gloriously light-weight aircraft, designed for flights that specialize in pilot training and personal use. The airplane offers an impressive 35.5-foot wingspan. It also boasts a climb rate of 667 feet per minute, and easily affords speeds between 102-125 knots while cruising. Which means you're in for a flying lesson that's fun, stable and exciting, thanks to an aircraft that holds a top reputation in the aviation world!

Once all of the pre-flight boxes have been carefully checked off, it's time to put pilot training to the true test! Hop into the cockpit and buckle into that pilot's seat, ready to head for the runway for the flight lesson of a lifetime! Due to FAA regulations, your flight instructor handles the takeoff and landing components of the airplane lesson. But once at cruising altitude and for the duration of your flight, your instructor will hand over the controls and teach you all the basics you need to know to learn how to fly!

As you soar through the skies, you'll practice maneuvers like maintaining altitude, climbing up and down, turning left and right, judging throttle speed, keeping a straight line, monitoring compass, and even handling turbulence. All the while, your airplane lesson in Long Island will take you alongside some of the New York area's most breathtaking urban and ocean scenery!

As your exhilarating New York Learn To Fly experience comes to a close, your instructor will guide the aircraft safely back to solid ground. Your pilot training isn't complete until you've had a chance to ask your instructor any lingering questions you may have about the airplane lesson, or even about aviation school in Long Island and how to get a private pilot's license. The end of your flying lesson is also a wonderful time to capture some moments on camera next to the plane or in the cockpit, before heading home with your new stash of lifelong memories!

Whether you've never flown before, have flown other types of aircraft, or are looking to add a Piper PA-28-181 Archer II to your bucket list of air-venture — this outing is a wonderful way for anyone to learn how to fly! And since no prior experience is necessary, this type of pilot training in Long Island is open to anyone, from newbie to novice. While there are no formal height or weight restrictions for this outing, students must be at least 12 years old in order to hop into the pilot's seat.

Only the student is allowed to buckle up in the plane with the FAA certified flight instructor. While spectators are not permitted to ride along in the Piper PA-28-181 Archer II as passengers, they are certainly welcome to watch the takeoff, as well as take advantage of plenty of photo opps while the airplane is safely grounded, before the airborne portion of the flying lesson commences.

For those keen to learn how to fly, looking to make some unforgettable memories, or hoping to cross an epic wish off a bucket list — this New York Learn To Fly experience is truly a top-notch way to take to the skies!

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Essential Information:

  • 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.

Maximum Participants:
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.

Weather Dependent:
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.

Booking Information:
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings 15-30 days in advance.

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, 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.

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  1. 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.

Customer Reviews:

  • Learn to Fly

  • November 22, 2016

  • 5

  • New York

"Pat O'Toole was very patient, informative and very calm. Had a great time."

  • Learn to Fly

  • August 17, 2016

  • 5

  • New York

"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. "

  • Learn to Fly

  • April 25, 2016

  • 5

  • New York

"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! "