Reid Hillview Airport in San Jose, CA
Daily - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
*Pending pilot availability
- Learn from FAA certified pilots from Northern California's leading flight school with over 50 years experience of flight training
- Take in sites including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Angel Island and downtown San Francisco
- Learn to fly aboard a Cessna 172 - one of the world's finest training aircrafts
- Bring along a friend to share this unforgettable experience
Looking for the gift that will be cherished for a lifetime? Look no more. Our Learn to Fly experience is the perfect gift for anyone in your life who has always dreamed of flying.
You'll be flying aboard a Cessna 172 with a FAA Certified Instructor at your side. You'll start with a guided tour of the airplane and its controls before taking off for a beautiful flight above the scenic Bay Area.
You'll experience and learn how to manage complex airspace, have a chance to take the controls yourself and recognize Bay Area aerial landmarks.
You'll depart Reid Hillview airport towards the west and follow the coast from Half Moon Bay to the Golden Gate Bridge, or follow Highway 101 to San Francisco, depending on weather conditions. You'll see the Pacific Coast, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Angel Island and downtown San Francisco.
So prepare for an unforgettable experience, and come learn to fly!
1.5 Hour Flight with up to 1 passenger option: Maximum individual participant weight is 250 lbs., total maximum weight of all participants is 500 lbs.
1.5 Hour Flight with 2 passengers option: Maximum individual participant weight is 250 lbs., total maximum weight of all participants is 500 lbs.
Approximately 2 hour total with 30 minutes of ground instruction and approximately 1.5 hour flight time.
1 student and up to 2 passengers depending upon option selected; however, the total weight of both the student and the passengers must be no more than 500 lbs.
Depending upon option selected, students may bring up bring along 1 or 2 passengers aboard the plane for the flight (weight permitting), otherwise you additional spectators may come to the airport to watch or take pictures of take-off or landing.
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, closed-toe shoes, and sunglasses are highly recommended. Also, don't forget to bring a camera!
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 7 days in advance.
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9's standard return and exchange policy shall apply. Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, rescheduling is allowed with at least 72 hours notice to your experience provider. Failure to appear on your booked date or to cancel and rebook at least 72 hours prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your Experience.
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"Very happy with my experience!"
"Everything was excellent! The receptionist was friendly and thorough whenever I called with questions about my Cloud 9 experience. The staff at Aerodynamic Aviation, who managed my "Learn to Fly Bay Tour", were professional as well as personable. My flight instructor, Patrick, made this flight fun while I learned the basics of flying a small aircraft. This was one of the best gifts I have ever received! Thank You!"
"We booked our flight experience in August in order to have enough time to get hotel rooms, flights and time off of work. However, an hour before we are scheduled to be at the airport, we get a phone call saying we are not able to fly over San Francisco as planned due to Fleet Week and air restrictions. The company offered us to fly over Monteray but that is not what we paid and came all the way up to San Jose to do. I looked up dates for next year's Fleet Week, thinking maybe they arent planned out that far in advance and it was more last minute. However, this was not the case. They already have dates out for next year's Fleet Week events. It was so beyond disappointing to plan an entire vacation around this event and it was a gift, and then have it not happen. I can't believe there is not a master calendar of when these major city events are planned, especially events concerning the Military and how strict they are with anything occuring in water or air, and to still book flights is ridiculous. Now, we have to spend more time, money and energy to re-create a trip in which this should not have been an issue. "