Discovery Flight

Ready to experience your first lesson? A Discovery Flight will introduce you to the flight training process, and give you your first experience actually flying a plane, allowing you to log your first flight time.

Cessna 172

Four Seats

Cessna 152

Two Seats


What to bring:

  • A passport or birth certificate and driver’s license to prove residency
  • Clothes comfortable enough to wear outside during preflight inspection and during flight
  • Closed toe shoes
  • A camera or phone to capture memories of your experience
  • A friend to ride along in the back if flying in a Cessna 172


What to leave at home:

  • Sandals or open toe shoes
  • Large or heavy bags
  • Food and drinks (except water)



It Will Be Casual

Vermont Flight Academy fosters a professional yet welcoming and friendly environment. Safety is always our top priority, but we also aim to make flying as fun and rewarding as possible. Your instructor will be friendly, courteous and always making sure you’re enjoying your experience with us. 

It Will Be a Small Airplane

Our fleet of aircraft primarily consists of two and four seat Cessnas. These aircraft are much smaller than the airliners you might be used to riding on, but they typically are very comfortable. Larger occupants should fly in the four seat Cessna 172, while smaller occupants can fly the two seat Cessna 152, if desired. 

You Will Participate

We want you to get the most out of your flight. Expect to start by learning basic aerodynamics and then conducting an aircraft preflight inspection. Once ready to fly, your instructor will help you learn to taxi the aircraft on the ground, communicate with Air Traffic Control, takeoff, and perform basic flight maneuvers. Participation is always voluntary, but your instructor will make sure you are comfortable and enjoy the experience of flying an aircraft!

A Casual but Professional Preflight Briefing

Just like on a passenger jet, the pilot or instructor will spend a few minutes with you explaining what will occur, where you’ll fly, and a game plan for how the flight will go. You’ll also get a preflight safety briefing, including how to work the doors and seat belts.

There Might Be a Few (Small) Bumps

Turbulence is typically not an issue since instructors usually steer clear of choppy weather on discovery flights. For the most part, discovery flights are conducted on calm days, but turbulence isn’t entirely predictable, so don’t be alarmed if there are a few small bumps. 

You Will Wear a Headset

Pilots wear headsets to reduce the cockpit noise and to clearly communicate with each other, as well as other pilots flying in the area and air traffic control, if necessary. You will be given a headset to wear. They’re comfortable, and they allow you to hear and speak to the instructor and other passengers.

You May Get Airsick

While most people don’t have any air sickness problems during Discovery Flights, it isn’t uncommon to feel uneasy. All of our aircraft are equipped with sick bags, so if you feel uneasy during flight, don’t worry or be embarrassed, it’s totally normal! Usually people overcome any air sickness after a couple lessons after getting used to flying in a small aircraft.

Learn What it Takes to Become a Pilot

While your instructor will be happy to continue working with you after the Discovery Flight, if you choose, there will be zero pressure to continue flying. If you desire to learn more about the process of becoming a pilot, your instructor will tell you more about what to expect during flight training, how to go about getting a pilot’s license, and will gladly answer your questions about flying. 

See the Local Area

Have somewhere special you want to see from the air? We are happy to help! Vermont is a beautiful place to fly, so whether it’s your house you want to fly over or Camel’s Hump, your instructor will be there to make sure you see the views you want if it’s within range and doesn’t violate any airspace restrictions. 

Discovery Flights Usually Take 2 Hours

During a typical first flight, you’ll brief for about 15-20 minutes, fly for about an hour, and then you’ll want to allow time for photos in front of the airplane, and to chat with the pilot if you have any questions or if you decide to go to the next step and begin flight training

Most Importantly, Expect to Have Fun

This will be a fun and safe experience, so take time to enjoy it, ask questions, and learn!



With the largest and most advanced rental fleet in the state, VFA has the right aircraft for you. All of our aircraft are maintained to the highest standards by our in-house maintenance department.


VFA has a diverse group of passionate and knowledgeable instructors here to help you achieve your goals. No matter your learning style, we have the right instructor for you.


When you join us at VFA, you join a passionate community dedicated to furthering aviation education in Vermont. Every lesson you take at VFA helps to contribute to providing flights to underprivileged children in Vermont.


Do I need to bring anything?

Yes. You must bring a passport or a drivers license and Birth Certificate in order to take a flight lesson, of which we will take a copy.


We will also e-mail you our release waiver to be electronically signed. Other than documents, you are good to go! We provide you with a headset.



How long will I be in the air?

Discovery Flights are about an hour or .9 hours of flight time. You may extend the flight time an extra 30 minutes to an hour for an additional cost.

Will the instruction time count toward a Private Pilot license?

Yes! Your discovery flight will be logged in a free paper log book given to you after your flight and counts toward a pilot license; should you continue to train.

Can I give a Discovery Flight as a gift?

Yes! We offer gift certificates for Discovery Flights or for any amount.

Are there any weight restrictions?

Yes. If you are over about 5’10” or over 200lb then you will need to fly in our larger 4 seat Cessna 172 aircraft. If you are under 5’10” or 200lbs then you should fit well in our Cessna 150 aircraft.

Can I have someone ride along?

Yes! You are welcome to bring a friend, significant other or relative along for the ride if you fly in one of our 4 seat Cessna 172 aircraft!

We prefer only 3 adults (including pilot) and one child as the max. Two adults riding along will need to be discussed with a flight instructor.

Can I take pictures?

Absolutely! We will be happy to help take pictures of you in or outside of the aircraft while on the ground, before and/or after your flight.

Also, if you fly our 4 seat Cessna 172 you can have a friend ride along in the back and take pictures while you fly.

Please note, you will not be able to take pictures yourself while taking the flight lesson.

Do you have to be a U.S. Citizen?

Yes. Any type of flight training requires proof of citizenship via a U.S. passport, or drivers license and Birth Certificate.

How long will the Discovery Flight be?

The entire discovery flight takes about 2 hours.

General Information


Monday - Friday | 8AM - 5PM

Saturday | 9AM - 4PM

Sunday | 9AM - 3PM

* Hours are subject change.





355 Valley Road
South Burlington, VT 05403

Vermont Flight Academy