What To Bring
On Your Flight
Identification documents such as passport or driver’s license and birth certificate
Clothing appropriate for the weather conditions during your flight
Closed toe shoes are required
A camera or phone to capture memories of your experience
A friend to ride along (upgrade may be required)
What to Leave
No Sandals or open toed shoes
No Large or heavy bags
No Food and drinks, with the exception of water
WHAT WILL IT BE LIKE?
It Will Be A Casual Experience
Our Discovery Flight offers a friendly, professional, and welcoming first experience to aviation. Our instructors are friendly, patient, and knowledgeable. With safety and fun as our top priorities, your instructor will make sure you are engaged and enjoying this first experience in the sky as a pilot.
You Will Fly A Small Airplane
We have multiple aircraft options for our Discovery Flights. Take time to ask questions and learn about which aircraft option will be the best fit for you and your situation. Unlike commercial airliners you may have flown in, our aircraft are much smaller. Despite their size, they are very comfortable, have seat belts, and a small window you can open.
You Will Participate
We want you to get the best learning experience possible without feeling overwhelmed. You will meet with your instructor and talk about the basic components of the aircraft and take part in a brief preflight inspection. Once you are ready to take flight, your instructor will help you learn to taxi the aircraft, communicate with Air Traffic Control, perform a takeoff and basic flight maneuvers. Your instructor has his/her own set of controls, and the amount to which you want to control the airplane is voluntary. Our goal is to have you learn and enjoy your experience.
We Welcome You To Be Part Of The Preflight
Our attention to flight safety and quality excellence is an integral component of our business. We want you to feel safe and confident with each, and every part of your first flight experience. Your instructor will ask you to be part of the preflight; a checklist we perform with all our aircraft, every time they take flight. Once seated in the aircraft, you instructor will continue the briefing, reviewing the doors, seatbelts and other emergency procedures.
There Might Be A Few (Small) Bumps
Discovery Flights will take place on a good weather day. Our goal is to create a smooth flight with little turbulence. Your instructor will avoid areas of concern, but do not be alarmed if there are small bumps along the way, even on the best of days.
You Will Wear A Headset
Aircraft engines are loud. We will provide you with a headset to reduce engine noise and allow you to communicate with your instructor, Air Traffic Control, or other passengers during the flight. The headsets are no additional cost to you, comfortable to wear and sanitized after each use.
You May Get Airsick
Airsickness happens. Do not feel embarrassed. Most people do not have any sickness during flight, but if you feel uneasy at any time, please let your instructor know. Our aircraft is equipped with sick bags. If you are sensitive to motion, try looking out the window instead of inside the cockpit. Do not hesitate to open a window for some fresh air.
Learn What It Takes To Become A Pilot
A Discovery Flight can be a one-time-experience or the gateway to a career in Aviation! Talk with your instructor about his/her experience in becoming a pilot, and what the next steps are for you. Any member of VFA would be happy to answer any questions you have about the process or help you get started.
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.
A Discovery Flight Experience Usually Takes 2 Hours
From start to finish your Discovery Flight experience will take two hours. Make sure you have all your required documentation on file prior to your flight time. You begin with a 30-minute preflight briefing and spend about an hour in the air. There will be plenty of time after your flight for pictures with the aircraft, or to discuss questions you have about continuing your training.
Do I have the option to extend my Discovery Flight?
Yes! If the instructor and aircraft are avaialble you may increase your Discovery Flight for up to one hour. (regular rates apply) Please arrange with the front desk prior to your flight to arrange.
Most Importantly, Expect To Have Fun!
Flying is an exciting and magical experience. Take photos, ask questions and most of all enjoy yourself! The sky is the limit!
Do I need to bring anything?
Yes, you must have a passport or a drivers license and Birth Certificate on file in order to take a flight lesson. You will have the option to supply all necessary documentation when you redeem your gift certificate. You will be e-mail our Liability Waiver, which will need to be signed prior to your flight. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the conditions you are taking your flight in. We ask that you refrain from bringing heavy bags or backpacks, or any food/drink besides water.
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. Please see the front desk prior to your flight to arrange.
Will the instruction time count toward a Private Pilot Certificate?
Yes! Your Discovery Flight will be logged in a complimentary soft cover log book, given to you after your flight. This flight time will count towards a Private Pilot Certificate; should you continue to train.
Can I give a Discovery Flight as a gift?
Yes! We offer gift certificates for Discovery Flights and for any monetary amount. Please see our Store Page to learn more!
Are there any weight restrictions?
Yes, there are weight restrictions for the aircraft. Please see the guidance below to help you make a decision on aircraft for your experience.
Cessna 152 – 1 available seat – max total customer weight is 160 pounds
- If customer weight exceeds 160 pounds, you will need to upgrade your flight to our Cessna 172 or Piper Cherokee, which you can complete later in this form.
Piper Cherokee – 3 available seats – max total customer weight(s) is 400 pounds
- Pilot weight shall not exceed 240 pounds.
- Any second row passenger(s) must be 5 1/2 feet or less in height and weigh 100 pounds or less to comfortably ride in the back seat.
Cessna 172 – 3 available seats – max total customer weight(s) is 488 pounds
- Pilot weight shall not exceed 240 pounds or exceed max total customer weight with passenger(s).
- Any second row passenger(s) must be 6 feet or less in height and not to exceed 160 each or exceed 240 pounds combined weight.
- This is the best aircraft if you desire to bring an additional passenger and do not exceed max customer weights.
Can I have someone ride along?
Yes! You are welcome to bring a friend, significant other or relative along for the ride. You may have to upgrade your flight. You will have the option to upgrade when you redeem your gift certificate. Please take our weight limitations in consideration when choosing your experience. Due to COVID-19 restrictions all passengers will need to be from the same household as per our Vermont Governor’s Executive order. We thank you for your understanding.
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. A passenger may take photos while you are in flight.
*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. If you would like to learn more about flight training and are not a U.S Citizen please review our AFSP Page.
Are there any age requirements to take a Discovery Flight?
There is no age requirement to participate in a Discovery Flight, however the level of participation may change depending on the age of the participant. A parent or guardian must sign the liability waiver on behalf of any minor participant.
How long will the entire Discovery Flight Experience be?
A Discovery Flight Experience usually take 2 hours.
Monday - Friday | 8AM - 5PM
Saturday | 9AM - 4PM
Sunday | 9AM - 3PM
* Hours are subject change.
355 Valley Road
South Burlington, VT 05403