Learn to Fly

Leesburg, VA

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Feel the unforgettable thrill of taking the controls of a Cessna and soaring over the beautiful Washington DC countryside!

  • Friendly and experienced FAA-certified commercial pilots and flight instructors will teach you to climb, descend and make turns
  • Kick off your lesson with ground school to learn about the airplane and it's controls
  • Enjoy the thrill of taking over the controls of the airplane and working on basic flight maneuvers 
  • Great introductory experience and first lesson for anyone who dreams of learning to fly!
Leesburg Executive Airport - Leesburg, VA
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Daily - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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Essential Information
  • Participants and passengers must be at least 18 years of age
  • Combined weight of the student and passenger cannot exceed 400 lbs
  • If individual weight of the student is more than 200 lbs, then a passenger cannot participate on the flight
  • All participants & passengers will be required to sign a release of liability waiver
  • No experience necessary
Approximately 1.5 - 2 hours total: a 30-minute pre-flight briefing, 60 minutes in the aircraft and debriefing
Experience Provider Info
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Maximum Participants
1 student and up to 1 passenger depending upon the option selected. Subject to the weight requirements set forth above.
Students may bring 1 passenger aboard for the flight depending on the option selected. Additional spectators may come to the airport to watch and take pictures of take-off and/or landing.
Weather Dependent
This experience is weather dependent. In the event your flight is canceled due to inclement weather, you will reschedule directly with the experience provider. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What To Wear
Dress comfortably and appropriately for expected weather conditions. Closed-toe shoes and sunglasses are recommended.
Are there any age requirements?
All participants and passengers must be at least 18 years of age. 
What type of plane will I be flying?
You will fly either a Cessna 162 or a Cessna 172 depending on the option you select. The Cessna 162 is for an individual participant whereas the Cessna 172 allows for the participant to bring up to 1 passenger, pending weight restrictions.
Are there any weight restrictions?

The Cessna 162 is for 1 participant with a maximum weight of 200 lbs. The Cessna 172 is for 1 student over 200 lbs or 1 student plus 1 passenger with a combined weight less than 400 lbs.

Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be returned hassle-free within 30 days.  All refunds will be made to the original purchaser.

Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be exchanged for anything else in our marketplace at any time.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs more, you'll simply have to pay the difference.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs less, you'll have a credit towards your next booking with Cloud 9 Living.

Cancellation Policy

Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, your experience cannot be canceled. Rescheduling is allowed with at least 14 days notice to your experience provider. Failure to appear on your booked date or to reschedule at least 14 days prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience.

Customer Reviews
(31 reviews)
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“Amazing experience!!!! The process of getting my flight lesson scheduled by Cloud9Living with AV-ED flight school was simple and fast. My AV-ED instructor, Mr. Chahal, was very friendly and professional throughout the entire lesson. Highly recommend this company for your next adventure. I’m definitely coming back!!!”
Response from Cloud 9 Living
Hi Glorimar, thanks so much for such a raving review! We are so thrilled to hear that you had such an amazing experience and that everyone at the flight school took great care of you! Hopefully we will see you back soon and we hope you have a wonderful rest of your week! Kindly, Kelsey
“Had a great time, I did everything from take off to flying the plane the whole time on my first experience. The only thing I didn’t do was land but I’ll leave that to the professional”
“Super fun Birthday! I love flying!”
“It was timely, fun and everything worked as planned.”
“The people at the flight school were awesome. Had a great experience with the instructor, and would totally recommend it to anyone who's thinking of taking a flying lesson.”
“Jake (pilot) was great. Super flight. Very educational. Pilot was top notch and gave us great deal of flying time at controls. Can't praise highly enough. ”
“Flight instructor was great, terrific day.”
“I received this gift from my wife on September 14th of 2015. We finally flew August 4th, 2016. Between the weather & some pilot mix-ups, it was a long wait. Our final pilot, Kendall, was amazing & worth waiting for. It was an amazing experience!!”
“Tim was great! He made my first flight experience very easy, relaxed, and memorable. He explained everything very well, and let me take the controls in the air. I would highly recommend Av-Ed Flight School and look forward to perhaps doing my future private pilot training with them!”
“Beautiful time!”
“My instructor, Clevins Weekes, was awesome!”
“I received it as a gift from my wife for my 30th birthday. She gave me 30 different gifts and this experience certificate was one amongst the 30 and my best gift. We were originally scheduled to do it in the afternoon on my birthday, but our guide called to reschedule for the next day due to weather conditions. The next day when we arrived at the training center, after the initial ground lecture, he took us to the cessna air craft and did a pre-flight inspection. There was an issue with the air level and he realized it before the take off. So we changed planes, and i was lucky to get a chance to taxi and practice this skill 2 times. Since the weather was a little rough, the guide told me that he would take more control during take off and landing. But once we were in cruise-mode, he taught me how to ascend and descend, take turns, move the nose up and down, and gave me enough time to practice. It was truly a once in a life time experience.”
“Clavis was amazing. I'm a nervous flyer so I wasn't quite sure how this experience was going to go. He was friendly, personable, and very knowledgeable. He was interested in having me control the plane more than I was. I would definitely recommend him again, and even book another flight for myself. -Phil ”
“It was great!! First time flying and had a blast!!”
“Loved EVERY moment of it”
“Clevin was an excellent instructor, the whole experience was great!!!”
“Had a wonderful experience, Josh Wagner is a great instructor, very friendly and down to earth. If I was to sign back up I would request for him. Also the staff was friendly as well. Over all I had the BEST birthday experience. ”
“The process was smooth and simple. My instructor was great! He guided me through the entire process, while making everything easy to understand. He let me handle the contols most of the time, even though it was my first time flying a plane. It was a lot of fun. I can barely wait to go again!”
“It's the best gift I have ever received, by far an awesome experience!”
“Had an appointment at 11:45, but instructor wasn't ready until 12:15. Instructor was knowledgable and explained everything during pre-flight, flying, landing and post flight. Was disappointed that the instructor never let me take the controls.”
“The experience was absolutely phenomenal. I have loved flying but never flown a plane before and had this purchased as a birthday gift. The pilot was incredibly friendly and knowledgable and was happy to answer any questions. He was incredibly kind and friendly throughout the entire event, and ensured I spent the majority of the time in control of the plane. I would highly recommend this experience, and if I have the opportunity to take advantage of it again I certainly would.”
“The experience was great. My boyfriend loved it so much he wants to do it again! Our pilot was extremely professional and incredibly informative of everything he was doing and when he explained to my boyfriend how to control the plane. My boyfriend had the controls several times throughout the flight and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I look forward to seeing what other experiences Cloud9 has that I and my family and friends can enjoy.”
“It was just awesome! Thanks to Cloud 9 Living.”
“Flying was my childhood dream. I wanted to become an f-18 pilot, however, life happens. When I received flying as a gift, I was so excited. The whole trip up to where we had to go, I couldn't stop thinking about how it was going to be. When we finally got there and signed in, the instructor was great!!! He had me do the pre-flight inspection, and taxi down the runway. I even got to do the take off!!! Once in the air, I cannot tell you how amazing it was to be flying. I am currently seeking my pilots license and look forward to a great rest of my life. Thank you for giving me a wonderful, life filling dream come true.”
“I had the best time! This was truely the best gift and great experience from start to finish!”
“Awesome Experience! The Flight instructor from AV-ED Flight School in Leesburg VA was the best! He made sure I was comfortable and he made sure the flight was very enjoyable...I will fly again with this company any time!! Thanks!!”
“Great experience!! I greatly recomend it to anyone!!! It was beyond my expectation. Manny Rodrigues”
“Fantastic experience - would absolutely go through Cloud9 again, and recommend anyone else looking for an amazing time.”
“The initial booking was canceled due to weather and the man was not friendly during the process. It seemed like the whole thing was more of a burden than something he wanted to do. However, the man who we rescheduled with was wonderful. He was so passionate and you could tell that he truly enjoyed what he was doing. It was a pleasure to go with him and learn from him. He really wanted my husband to learn from the experience and he was eager to teach him. I know that my husband loved the experience, it was truly memorable for both of us. ”
“Great experience and amazing deal! ”
“The Learn to Fly experience was great. David was an exceptional instructor who made the experience fun and informative. It was clear that David was a skilled pilot and instructor and had done this experience many times with others. The plane was great and easy to fly. The walk around before the flight was great to get acquainted with the plane and its features. The in-plane time was awesome. From taxiing to take off, flying and maneuvers, I was very pleased to be able to perform all the skills with only assistance from David, not just him taking the controls. The views were exceptional. I would have like to have utilized the entire hour in the air as we cut it short by a few minutes that could have been used to fly more.”
Response from Cloud 9 Living
Hey Brian thanks for sharing your amazing experience with us, it sounds like it lived up to your every expectation! Being able to take control of an aircraft is definitely an exceptional experience in itself so we're glad you were very pleased and that you enjoyed David's instruction I will make sure to pass on your kind words. I apologize that you felt the flight was not long enough, however, time does fly when you're having fun! We hope to see you back for more memorable experiences but until then Happy Holidays! Best, Kelsey

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