Learn to Fly in Minneapolis

Eden Prairie, MN

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Item #: AIR-MSP-0005
Jump in the pilots seat and feel the thrill of flying a Piper Archer or Piper Warrior, two of the most common flight training aircrafts in the world.
  • In business for over 35 years, your flight school is one of the oldest commercial aviation operations in the Midwestern U.S.
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructors
  • After a preflight inspection and explanation of flight instruments, you will put on your headset and prepare for take off!
  • No experience necessary

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Jump in the pilots seat and feel the thrill of flying a Piper Archer or Piper Warrior, two of the most common flight training aircrafts in the world.
  • In business for over 35 years, your flight school is one of the oldest commercial aviation operations in the Midwestern U.S.
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructors
  • After a preflight inspection and explanation of flight instruments, you will put on your headset and prepare for take off!
  • No experience necessary
Flying Cloud Airport - Eden Prairie, MN

Year-Round: Daily

Morning times are typically 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Afternoon times are typically 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Evening times are typically 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

*Pending pilot and aircraft availability

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For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 14 days in advance.

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    This first flight lesson is truly an experience you will never forget. After your introduction and safety debriefing, you will climb into the cockpit of a Piper Archer or Piper Warrior aircraft.

    Your instructor will teach you the basics before take off, and soon you will be flying into the wild blue yonder. Once you are at your cruising altitude you will be able take the controls with your pilot's guidance.

    After you have landed, you will take pride in knowing that you have accomplished something that few others have dared to attempt.

    Essential Information
    • Fly either a Piper Warrior or Piper Archer
    • Participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present to sign a liability waiver
    • This introductory flight can only be booked once per participant
    • Temperature must be 5 below 0 or higher to fly
    About 1 hour total with approximately 30 minutes of time in the aircraft. Time is calculated from engine start to engine stop.
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    Maximum Participants
    1 participant per plane
    Spectators are welcome to watch the plane take off and land.
    Weather Dependent
    This experience is weather dependent and temperatures must be at least 5 below zero to fly. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
    What To Wear
    Dress appropriately for expected weather conditions.
    Booking Information
    For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 14 days in advance.
    Cancellation Policy
    Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, no returns or exchanges are allowed. Once you have received a booking confirmation, rescheduling is allowed up to 72 hours prior to the experience. Failure to appear on your booked date or reschedule at least 72 hours prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience.
    Can I participate if I am under 18 years old?
    Yes, but you will need a parent or guardian present with you at the airport to sign a waiver.
    This experience has a customer rating of 5
    based on 78 reviews.
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    Captain Pat was awesome! I thought he would just show me how he flies the plane but he let me really experience the whole thing...from explaining how the tower directs the flights, to pre-flight checklists and what to look for and the whole flying experience. It was awesome!
    top notch facility and crew; was totally comfortable throughout the experience. Instructor/captain Dan was thorough and instilled trust in all phases of the experience. Totally recommend Thunderbird aviation and cloud9living.
    The people at Thunderbird Aviation where very accommodating. We had to reschedule 2 times because of wind. They were very helpful with the whole process. When I finally had my flight the pilot was very professional. It was a very neat experience.
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hi Robert thanks for taking the time to write in about your experience! I do apologize that you had to reschedule a couple of times but it is good to hear that it was well worth the wait and you had a great experience in much safer weather conditions in the end. We hope you will come back for more neat experiences but until then enjoy your holidays!
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hey Parv we're glad you had a 5-star experience thanks for the awesome review!
    It was great. Scott was a great instructor. Definitely recommend
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hi Joseph! Thank you for recommending this experience and we are delighted that you had a great time and a great instructor. Regards, Cloud 9 Living Team
    It was really good!! I liked that I just hopped into the airplane & we were in the air shortly afterwards. It felt like a really short time in the air, but I guess 30 mins goes quickly.
    I had a great time, the appointment was organized and my instructor was very thorough and open to my questions. Thank you for the opportunity!
    Clifford is an awesome person and pilot!
    I was a little nervous, but I have to say this is one of the best gifts my wife has ever given me. I would definitely recommend everyone to try this at least once in their life time and my instructor was very good .
    It was simple it was a lot of fun and the pilot was very informative I would definitely do it again
    I had never flown before myself. It was a great experience. The instructor was professional and very friendly. I was amazed that I got to actually fly as much as I did. I enjoyed every minute!
    My beautiful bride gave me a learn to fly gift for Christmas. Went to the Crystal, MN location. The staff and instructor were amazing. Was able to taxi and fly the plan right away. Couldn't have asked for a better experience!
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Good Afternoon James! What an awesome gift and we appreciate you taking the time to write in! I am going to pass along your kind words to our pilots as I am sure they will enjoy reading your review as much as I did! We are so happy that you felt comfortable and enjoyed your time with the controls. We hope to see you on many more adventures, and thank you for sharing the fun with us.  All the best,  Chelsea
    Cliff did an excellent job from start to finish. He definitely sparked my interest in getting after getting my pilots license.
    I did it as a gift for my son's 16th Birthday. He loved it! It's one in lifetime experience! Would definitely recommended it!
    (Review from Husband) It was great to be able to fly the plane once you're in the air. Absolutely a feeling you can't get anywhere else BUT the instructor could have been more enthusiastic given that he knew it was a special occasion. Maybe he just wasn't a morning guy and I feel like we got jipped out of timing. Its supposed to be 30 min on ground and 30 min in the sky but it was only 15 min on the ground and about 20 min in the sky. We landed back on the airport with 25 min left to what was expected to be an hour. Some of that time could have still been spent in the air.
    This was a great gift for my husband's 30th birthday! He had always wanted to fly a plane and this was his chance to do so. We had Israel as our instructor and he was patient and fun to fly with. We were up in the air for only 30 minutes but it felt much longer and so worth it! I recommend it to everyone who wants to experience this. Even if you've never flown a plane or know anything about it, it's safe and relaxing since the pilot can operate the plane from his seat IF something were to go wrong (aircraft is made like a student driving vehicle). We flew over lake Minnetonka and the downtown Minneapolis skyline. My husband did the flying (Israel let him sit right on the pilot seat) and I sat in the passenger seat taking video and photos!
    Excellent experience and excellent pilot! It was a smooth process beginning to end.
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Good Morning Miranda!  It is great to hear from you! So happy to read that Nathan enjoyed his time controlling the plane! I will be sure to let our pilot that he really made for a great learning experience! We hope to see you again and thank you for being such an amazing gift giver.  All the best,  Chelsea 
    I got to fly a plane and it was awesome!!
    This was, by far, one of the coolest things I have ever done! Highly recommended. Cloud 9 Living was very responsive, and my pilot instructor made the whole experience extremely comfortable, despite my nerves. This would make an awesome gift for people of all ages!
    This was a gift for my husband and he absolutely LOVED it, he had a blast and said he would definitely recommend it to everyone. This was such a great experience, HIGHLY, HIGHLY exceptional service and experience!
    My son (who is 12 years old) had a great time! The instructor was incredibly nice and welcoming and made my son's experience incredible! This was a Christmas gift to him from his aunt, and it was awesome! Loved the entire experience!
    Cliff, our pilot, was fantastic. He went above and beyond to make the experience a wonderful memory.
    It was easy to set up the experience. All I had to do was to click to buy the voucher, and give them some dates that I was available. Cloud 9 Living booked the event for me, and send me an email. Then I just showed up to the appointment. The flight was exactly as it was described, no surprises.
    Minor suggestions: There was not much information (or I didn't find it) that gave good information on getting to the actual location of the flight experience. There was information that the pre-flight check was 30 min and the flight was 30 min. I believe we spent about 5-7 min on the pre-flight check. I'm sure we spent 30 minutes flying, but it went by too quick! Gary was an excellent instructor and made my first flight experience a very positive one. He was not only a pilot for 30 years but also worked air traffic control. Felt very comfortable with him in my co-pilot's seat! (Yes, I did get to fly from the Captain's seat!)
    Didn't have clear instructions for location of building or how to get in. Once inside everything went very smoothly, professional, and interesting. My husband was so excited about the flying that he took the instructor's card and is considering starting lessons. It was a wonderful experience for both of us, and an outside-the-box birthday surprise for him. Thank you so much for being available to the public for such a memorable experience!!
    Awesome experience, would have never thought flying a plane was something I would do in my life! My wife surprised me, and I had an awesome instructor. Smooth experience.
    What do you get a man that has been asking for socks for the past 30 years for Christmas? Flying lessons! My dad loved it. In his words: "The staff were friendly and helpful. Pilot Gary was very personable and technically top-notch, which made for a very pleasant experience." He said the only thing that would have made it better was a longer ride. The staff allowed us to take pictures outside next to the plane. They even drove up next to the window to wave goodbye before they took off into the perfect blue sky. My 1-1/2 year old son loved every minute of watching the experience. He loved seeing the planes come in and take off. He screamed with excitement, jumped on the couches, clapped, and waved at the planes. When the lesson was over, Pilot Gary joined us in the Pilot Shop and played with a toy airplane with my son. This experience was amazing, not just for my dad, but everyone involved. Thank you!!!
    My flight instructor Chris was great! Very knowledgeable and thorough. I would highly recommend this experience with Thunderbird Aviation and Cloud 9 Living.
    My pilot was Tony. I was comfortable with him and appreciated learning about the process. I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone who is interested in a flying adventure! Thank you.
    Wouldn't trade this for anything in the world.
    I was not comfortable with Gary, my pilot. While he was knowledgeable about his profession, he appeared more concerned about doing everything correctly than allowing me the experience of my first lesson. Whereas my wife Cindy, who also flew but with another pilot, had a great experience with that pilot.
    Great experience that I would recommend to anyone who has thought about flying. The instructor was very knowledgeable and made me feel comfortable as I took over the controls.
    I was very impressed with the whole experiance! The pilot was very good! Explained everything very well and was very good to fly with. I would fly with him again in a heartbeat!
    Everyone was very friendly, the pilot gave clear instructions, and the experience was overall very enjoyable.
    Ian was a great guy, shared what he knew and did so in an very engaging manner.
    Our pilot, Matt, was very friendly and knowledgeable. It was a great experience!
    What a great experience!! Received the certificate for flying from my son for Mother's Day. I would not have done it, or even thought of doing this, if not for the certificate. Awesome flight and soooo smooth.
    My experience with the pilot was wonderful. He had 30 years flying experience, was conversational, and knowledgeable about what he was doing. I never doubted his capability and he answered any questions I had. He seemed to enjoy the experience as much as I did. My only negative experience was with the receptionist and with the email notification of the airport address. The address that it gave me was for Flying Cloud Airport, but it took me to an abandoned-looking building. I called the phone number provided on the email confirmation, and they told me I was at the wrong place. Even though that was the address on the email. The lady on the phone gave the correct address, which was thankfully less than two minutes away. When I reached my destination, the receptionist asked for my confirmation ID. At first I didn't know what that was, because the people I spoke to on the phone only asked for my name and address. I told the receptionist my name, but she had a condescending look on her face and spoke to me like a child, saying I couldn't be on the plane without my ID. I told her I'd check my phone and she said, "You do that." Once I got the ID, everything seemed fine until the pilot came up to me and innocently called me by the wrong name. I'm not sure why he called me that, but I corrected him and the receptionist called me over, and pointed her finger at the name that I said on the contract I signed, as though she were accusing me of writing a false name. I told her that the name I gave on the form is the name I was born with, and the pilot and myself went on with our business. Everything after that was wonderful, but the experience with the receptionist brought my mood down. I would gladly recommend this experience to other people --- as long as that lady at the counter is not there.
    My father really enjoyed himself. We were wondering if he were to take any additional lessons, would he be able to stay in the air for a longer amount of time?
    I had an amazing time. The instructor was very knowledgeable, and explained everything as easy as possible for a beginner to understand. Friendly also. Couldn't stop smiling after the experience. Would definitely recommend this to everyone I know. Thank you for this experience.
    It was excellent.
    If you're interested in learning to fly, this is a good first foray. Experience facilities were clean, bright, modern and had a friendly feeling that inspired confidence. The pilot was calm, pleasant and knowledgeable. The aircraft, though not new, was in strong running condition and behaved properly and predictably throughout. Near Lake Minnetonka, experience involved a flyover of the lake and a nice view of downtown Minneapolis from the air.
    It was an awesome experience. Absolutely perfect. The instructor was great. Gave me an opportunity to really experience flying. And with the old adage, 'always leave them wanting more'...the experience was so good I would really like to do it again.
    This was a great experience for my husband . The only complaint he had was that although the instructor was very friendly he didn't not "teach" as well as my husband hoped he would while up in the air. He wished more would have been explained about what to do next and why. Overall great experience though!
    Loved my experience! Thanks for making it great!
    The pilot with whom I took the introductory flying lesson did an excellent job of making this a really good experience.
    I received the Learn To Fly experience as a gift from my wife. Ian was my pilot. He did a fantastic job of explaining the controls and how they relate to the dynamics of flight. Beautiful fall day for flying over Lake Minnetonka! Ian (under his careful guidance) allowed me to fly the plane once we achieved 2,500 feet. I was even able to make a couple of turns. Thunderbird aviation was great to work with and I couldn't have been happier with my instructor! One word - Awesome!
    Everything was great Zach was great had a great time... Thank you
    Really friendly staff and the pilot was great. I had a great time and got to fly even more than I thought. Very worth it.
    Was the best birthday I have ever had. I flew the plane and had a smile for hours after.
    I have already recommended the experience and have told a number of people about the site and how pleased I was. I think Cloud 9 is fantastic and I will be using you for gifts for family and friends as well as experiences for myself.
    We had a very enjoyable experience, and overall I would do it again! We weren't able to do preflight and the flight was only about 20 mins airtime but it was a good time.
    Our instructor Greg was phenomenal! Will do it again with him in the near future.
    Instructor was great...can't say enough good things about him. I will definately try and send friends your way. Thanks!
    Staffs were friendly and great with me.
    This was a gift from my wife and I only went to appease her, but the experience was amazing and I intend to go again. Thanks!
    My instructor Greg was very knowledgeable and courteous. Made me feel safe at the plane's control. It honestly was an experience of a lifetime. Now I want to fly some more. Thanks Cloud9 and Thunderbird Aviation!!
    I received a Learn To Fly experience for my birthday. It has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. I couldn't have been happier doing anything else. The online booking went perfect. I got the date and time I asked for. I arrived early and the instructor, Greg, was ready to go. Greg explained everything he was doing during the pre-flight inspection while he was teaching me the basics of flight. Once we were inside the airplane I was surprised at how much I was allowed to do. Everything that needed to be done was explained and we did it. I was also surprised at how easy it was. The only bad part was that it had to end. I would recommend the experience and Greg the instructor to anyone who ever wanted to try it. Nothing compares! I love that from now on I can say "I flew an airplane!"
    Awesome experience. Pilot lets you take the controls for takeoff and landing. Pilot guodes you through protocols and explains everything nice and clear. Will make a great gift for that hard to buy fpr person.
    We got more than we could have hoped for with this experience. It was much more hands on than we had expected, providing a total piloting experience from taking off, mid-flight, and even landing. This was a birthday present for my 14-year-old son who has been set on becoming a pilot, and his flight cemented that. I was able to come along and observe my son's joy, and I am even considering doing the experience myself. We will definitely be back to Cloud 9 Living and Thunderbird Aviation. Thank you!
    I had a wonderful experience............everything from the booking to flying the plane, an incredible experience.
    Luke deserves a raise. Nicest person I have ever met.
    The booking was made in short time, fast confirm. Saturday flight cancelled due to weather condition re schedule on Sunday morning. We expected and had some wind as turbulence but it was all fun! Great experience, good instructor (900h flight), Who explained many things, from rolling on the tarmac, to take off , control stability during the flight as landing. Clear explanations easy to catch even for me as French speaker. Good job overall, and all did in very cool friendly atmosphere at Minneapolis/Eden Prairie base.
    My instructor was very patient and informative. I definately would recommend this to a friend..
    A very fun and exciting experience. Our pilot was very knowledgeable and friendly. I enjoyed every minute of it and will definitely be looking into something similar soon.
    I had a great time and will enjoy the memory every time I think of exciting things I've done.
    Pilot did a wonderful job. I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in flying.
    It was a wonderful experience, the day was perfect for flying.
    I thought it was super fun and a great gift. I guess I did think that the flight was an hour, but it was really only a half hour of air time. I still loved it, but it is always better to exceed expectations vs just meet them.
    I had an awesome time. One on one flying is so relaxing, especially when you can have a nice conversation with the instructor and they know and love what they do.
    It was an inspiring experience. My instructor made flying appear to be both routinely easy and exceedingly fun. I might get a pilot's license.
    Great experience! My only regret is that it was over too quickly. I left the airfield contemplating what it would take to get my pilot's license. Completely enthralling.
    I was a bit disappointed with my experience. The details said that there would be a half hour of pre-flight instruction and a half hour of flying. Not only didn't I receive any instruction but we didn't fly for a full half hour. We basically took off and flew around a neighboring lake. I was able to take the controls, for less than a minute, but was limited to making only one left hand turn after which the pilot resumed control and then we landed. I received this Cloud9 certificate as a Christmas present in 2010 and decided to save it until Autumn of this year in hopes of catching some great Fall colors as the trees changed their leaves. THIS EXPERIENCE WAS DEFINITELY NOT WORTH WAITING FOR THE 10 MONTHS.
    I totally enjoyed the entire experience. Jim was patient and explained all aspects of my first time on the controls. Hopefully, down the road, I can do it again and maybe even take-off!
    The entire process was wonderful, absolutely loved flying. I would highly recommend this experience to everyone.
    Wonderful experience; great gift! Taking an introductory flight is something I would not have done on my own.
    Everything was great it was a very fun time and a wonderful experience!


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