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Overview

Soar to new heights with the Learn to Fly a Plane Total Immersion Flight for 2 in Wheeling, Illinois! This thrilling two-hour adventure provides hands-on aviation experience under the guidance of an FAA Certified Flight Instructor.

🛩️ Take control of the aircraft under the guidance of an FAA Certified Flight Instructor

🏞️ Fly over stunning landmarks like Highland Park, Historic Fort Sheridan, Lake Forest, and the Great Lakes Naval Base

👫 Swap seats with your co-pilot at Waukegan Airport, giving you both the chance to experience the thrill of flying

⌛ Enjoy a 2 to 2.5-hour lesson, with approximately 1 hour of flying time split between both student

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When do I choose a date?

After purchase, you can request your preferred dates and times by following the instructions in the email you receive. If it's a gift, the recipient will also get an email with booking instructions.

Year-Round,
Daily 7:00am - 11:00pm

Practical information

Any restrictions to participate?

  • Age: All age groups are welcome. 
  • Weight: The total combined weight of both participants cannot exceed 500 pounds.
  • Physical limitations: Participants must be able to enter and exit the aircraft on their own.
  • Experience level: All levels are welcome.

Who can you accommodate for?

  • Children: There is no age restriction, but if participants are under 18 years old, they must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. All participants must be old enough to ride without a child seat.
  • Individuals with disabilities: The plane is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Pets: Sorry, no pets allowed.

What to expect on the day of the experience?

  • Duration: 2-2.5 hours including 1 hour of flight time split between two students.
  • What’s included: Flight lesson with a FAA Certified Flight Instructor.
    • Fuel surcharge is not included and may be charged at the time of the flight due to the volatility of gas prices.
  • Who will be present: The flight instructor and the members of your group.
  • Spectators: Spectators can wait in the lounge area at the airport which offers cable television, and snacks.
  • Photo/ video: Photos are encouraged! You may also choose to purchase a video package of your flight directly from the flight school for $59-$99.

How to prepare?

  • Weather dependency: This experience is never canceled due to weather conditions. If the weather is not good enough to do the flight portion of your lesson, you will still do the ground school with your instructor and reschedule the flight for another day.
  • Arrival: Plan to arrive 15 minutes in advance.
  • Parking: Parking is available at the airport.
  • What to wear: Comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather, as you will be outside for a portion of the lesson. The aircrafts are well heated, but do not have air-conditioning.
  • What to bring: Your ID and gratuity for your instructor if you feel they do an exceptional job.
  • Restrooms: Restrooms are available at the airport.

Full description

This experience offers a comprehensive introduction to aviation, where you and your fellow student will dive into the world of flight and flight preparation, led by an experienced FAA Certified Flight Instructor.

Upon your arrival at the Chicago Executive Airport, you'll be assigned an instructor who will guide you through all the steps a real pilot accomplishes before, during, and after a typical flight. This real flight lesson isn't just about observation; it's about hands-on learning. You and your co-pilot will take on the role of the pilot-in-command. You'll be responsible for pre-flight procedures, taxiing the aircraft, communicating with the control tower, and even assisting with takeoff. Once you're airborne, you'll perform a range of in-flight maneuvers, all while your instructor provides guidance and instructions.

The flight path takes you from Chicago Executive Airport to Waukegan Airport, and along the way, you'll enjoy breathtaking aerial views of Highland Park, Historic Fort Sheridan, Lake Forest, and the Great Lakes Naval Base. Upon landing at Waukegan Airport, you'll have the unique opportunity to switch seats with your fellow student. It's a fantastic way to share the joys of a flight lesson and create lifelong memories together.

This experience includes approximately 1 hour of flying time split between both students, making it an ideal way to explore the world of aviation.

What is the difference between the chief pilot and a normal pilot? While all of this partners' pilots are qualified and certified to fly and instruct flights, their chief pilots do come with more experience and accolades that may provide more comfort during your flight.

Returns, exchanges and cancellation

Unused Experience Vouchers can be returned within 30 days for a full refund to the original purchaser, no questions asked.

If you have any unused Experience Vouchers, you can exchange them for anything else in our marketplace, no matter when. If you choose an experience that's more expensive, you'll need to pay the difference, but if you choose one that costs less, you'll receive a credit towards your next booking.

No refunds are allowed once the experience is booked, but you can reschedule up to 48 hours before your experience, for a date within a year of the original booking. To reschedule, contact the experience provider directly. No-shows or rescheduling less than 48 hours in advance means losing the value of your experience.

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Sarah H.

My first flight lesson here was an absolute blast! Our instructor was not only a true professional but also hilariously fun. He struck the perfect balance between being informative and entertaining, making the whole experience unforgettable. I'm definitely requesting him for all my future lessons. This school, the instructor, and the entire experience were all simply amazing. I'd give it a 10/10 recommendation!

Michael S.

An absolutely mind-blowing flight training experience! I expected to have about 20% control of the flight, but to my surprise, I had the reins for a good 80% of the time. It was truly an out-of-this-world adventure that you can't afford to miss. This is bucket-list level stuff!

Emily B.

What a magnificent experience! This is undoubtedly a reliable source for pilot training in my book. The instructors go above and beyond to ensure you receive the training you're seeking.