Chicago’s got a lot to offer: delicious deep dish pizza, that must-have crunchy Garrett Popcorn, and of course, the stunning architecture. From architecture boat tours on the Chicago River and rooftop bars with a view to can’t-miss observation decks, The Windy City isn’t shy to showing off its concrete jungle skyline. You can see amazing views extending to four states on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower Skydeck, or stop by the 360 Chicago Observation Deck in the John Hancock Center for 360° views from 1000 feet above Lake Michigan and the Magnificent Mile. If that alone doesn’t satisfy your lust for the clouds, maybe a one-hour flying lesson will.
While 60 minutes isn’t enough for you to learn how to fly, it’ll give you a little taste of the skies. This introductory course is the first, easy step for anyone who wants to learn how to fly. It’s a short adventure, but thrilling and educational at $199. That cost covers your training as well as up to two friends to ride along as passengers. All passengers have their own headset. Only one person may fly per experience, so if everyone wants to have a go, you would need to book three separate trips. No flying experience is necessary and you’ll be trained by an FAA Certificated Flight Instructor.
What should I expect?
The adventure begins in at Schaumburg Airport, located 20-some miles northwest of Chicago. You’ll be flying in a Cessna 172 or Piper Archer aircraft. The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is an American four-seat, single-engine, high wing, fixed-wing aircraft. It has had the longest run in aviation history. They were first flown in 1955. More 172s have been built than any other aircraft, making it the most successful aircraft in history. The Cessna Aircraft Company is best known for small, piston-powered aircrafts but they have also produced business jets. The Piper Archer is produced by Piper Aircraft, Inc., which was once considered one of the “Big Three” in the field of general aviation manufacturing, along with Cessna and Beechcraft. The Piper Archer is a great trainer and entry-level airplane. It’s one of the most commonly found aircrafts in flight school fleets.
Your instructor will give you a detailed pre-flight and safety briefing, then it’s to the skies! You’ll see amazing views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. Just hope weather’s on your side and you have clear skies for those sick views of Chicago staples like Navy Pier, Willis Tower, Marina City, the Wrigley Building, and Tribune Tower as well as other gems like the Aqua Tower, Carbide and Carbon Building, and Merchandise Mart. Once you’re in the air and get a quick run through, you’ll get to experience firsthand being behind the wheel. Make sure to wear comfortable clothing and bring a camera for those can’t-miss shots. There’s even an aviation-themed restaurant above the flight school. Enjoy lunch or dinner after your flight with a panoramic view of the airfield. Check off “flying a plane” from your bucket list and don’t miss this adventure! Buy Here