Experience the excitement of flying an airplane during an introductory hands-on flight lesson at Zone Aviation. A discovery flight includes 15 minutes of pre and post flight instruction and 30 minutes flying with an FAA Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI). Your instructor will first guide you through a preflight inspection, where you’ll learn about the airplane’s parts and flight controls. Then it’s time to fly!

Once you’re airborne, you’ll fly basic maneuvers such as straight-and-level flight, climbs, descents, and turns — all from the pilot’s seat. You’ll get to see local landmarks from the air as you fly around. You’ll be able to record the lesson in a pilot logbook (available for purchase). The discovery flight will give you a taste of what it’s like to fly and be a pilot. Your instructor will be able to answer your questions about flight training. You’ll also have the opportunity to sign up for further lessons.

A discovery flight makes a great gift! A discovery flight gift certificate is a popular gift idea for birthdays, Christmas, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, anniversaries, graduations, or just for fun! Gift certificates are available at our Burke Lakefront and Lorain County Regional Airport locations. We are also able to accept your credit card over the phone and mail you the gift certificate. 

How to Schedule a Discovery Flight

Our discovery flights are available year-round by appointment at both locations. To schedule a discovery flight or purchase a gift certificate over the phone, please call:

440-322-3692 (Elyria, Lorain County Regional Airport)

216-333-1537 (Cleveland, Burke Lakefront Airport)

Discovery Flight Frequently Asked Questions

What type of aircraft will I fly?

You’ll fly an entry-level training aircraft, such as a Cessna 172 or Piper Warrior. Other aircraft are also available at an additional cost. All of our training aircraft have dual controls, meaning both the student and the instructor can control the aircraft.

May I bring a friend or family member?

If you take a discovery flight in one of our airplanes, you’ll have the opportunity to bring a passenger along on your flight for an additional cost. (Please note: Each airplane has weight limitations and we will need the weight of all passengers upon booking the discovery flight).

Are there any height or weight restrictions?

Yes, but we can accommodate most customers with the right combination of aircraft and instructor. Please check with us if you have any concerns. The cockpits of general aviation aircraft tend to be small. Height is not usually an issue unless you are very tall. Weight can be more of an issue depending on whether the airplane has two seats or four seats.

Are reservations required?

Yes, please call ahead to schedule your discovery flight. We can sometimes accommodate same-day requests. Scheduling a few days to a week ahead of time is best.

What if the weather is poor for flying on the day of my flight?

We will call you to reschedule the flight in case of inclement weather. You are also welcome to check with us by calling the office. We offer flights year round.

What if I do not want to actually fly the aircraft?

You are not required to take the flight controls. Your instructor can conduct the flight as a demonstration if you would prefer not to try the controls yourself. We offer sightseeing flights for those who are interested in going for a ride instead of taking a lesson.