A Discovery Flight is an introductory flight lesson. Our professional instructors will help you explore the sky! You will actually control the aircraft during your flight under the guidance of your instructor. Lunken Flight Training Center offers several Discovery Flight options from which to choose. All flights conveniently depart from our school at Lunken Airport. Discovery Flights can be scheduled during daylight hours any day of the week. Remember, a Discovery Flight makes a fantastic gift, but don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone if you want one all to yourself!
When purchasing Gift Certificates, the cost of the Discovery Flight plus applicable tax will be included in your total. Once redeemed, the customer will be subject to a nominal fuel surcharge (which varies month to month). Please call if you have any questions.
IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ:Before taking your introductory flight lesson, you MUST provide a valid (NOT expired) photo ID. LFTC recommends a state driver’s license, state issued ID, or passport. If you do not provide a valid photo ID, you will be unable to take your introductory flight. There are no exceptions. Weight is limited to 300 pounds for the pilot or 400 total pounds for pilot + plus one observer (observer must be pre-arranged and approved by the Chief Flight Instructor).
It’s just a taste of what it’s like to fly with the birds, but it’s enough to get you hooked! You will fly in one of our training aircraft*. Your instructor will demonstrate a takeoff. Once clear of the airport traffic pattern, the instructor will hand you the controls! Now you’re flying! Make the plane turn, climb, and descend while enjoying the views from above. After your instructor lands the airplane, you will be given a presentation of our Private Pilot course. Your instructor will also answer any questions you may have about learning how to fly. Please allow 60 minutes total time for the “Pioneer” Discovery Flight and course presentation. Total time in aircraft is about 30 minutes, 20 minutes of which is in the air. *Aircraft assignment can based on availability and is at the discretion of LFTC.
This is a real flight lesson based on our Private Pilot syllabus! Assist your instructor in aircraft pre-flight procedures. Once in the cockpit of one of our training aircraft*, start the engine and taxi for takeoff. Perform the engine “run-up” procedures, then call the tower when you’re ready to fly. After takeoff, you will take the controls. Once reaching our “practice area”, the instructor will demonstrate several maneuvers including level flight, climbs, descents, and steep turns. Now it’s your turn! Maintain altitude, turn left and right to headings, and bank the aircraft to perform a complete circle. Now its time for “touch-and-goes” – practice landings. Learn about airport traffic patterns, power settings, flap settings, and landing procedures. Once you land on the runway (we know you haven’t had enough yet) – your instructor will apply power and takeoff again! Fly the pattern once more and land again. Please allow approximately 2 hours total time for the “Explorer” Discovery Flight which includes a course presentation. Total time in aircraft is about 1 hour and 5 minutes, 50 to 55 minutes of which is in the air. *Aircraft assignment can vary based on availability and is at the discretion of LFTC.
LFTC was Ohio’s first Authorized Cirrus Training Center, and this flight will introduce you to the genius of Cirrus Aircaft. As you board our technologically advanced Cirrus SR20, notice the state-of-the-art glass cockpit and the side stick controls. After takeoff your instructor will demonstrate various maneuvers including climbs, turns, and descents. As you take the controls, you will maintain straight and level flight, then climb, turn, and descend. Additionally, your instructor will show you various safety features aboard the aircraft. Please allow approximately 1 hour 30 minutes total time for the “Cirrus Intro” Discovery Flight and course presentation. Total time in aircraft is about 50 minutes, 40 minutes of which is in the air.
Sport Flight Introduction (SFI)
Experience the ICON A5 Light Sport Aircraft (LSA)! This incredible aircraft can land on runways and on the water. You’ll get to do both on this flight*, including an hour of ground instruction that covers pre and post flight procedures with an introduction to seaplane operations. The ICON A5 is meant not for commercial or commuter flight, but rather to enjoy the sheer adventure of flying. It turns flying from a mode of transportation to a sport – what flying was meant to be. Your instructor will also answer any questions you may have about learning how to fly and the courses offered in the A5 and all of our aircraft. Please allow 2.5 hours total time for the SFI Flight and course presentation. Total time in aircraft is about 1 hour 10 minutes, 60 minutes of which is in the air. *Water landing availability subject to weather / surface conditions and is at the discretion of LFTC. While a water landing is a planned maneuver on this flight experience, it is not guaranteed. Lunken Flight Training Center is an authorized ICON Flight Training Partner.