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Head 8 miles to the west of O'Hare International Airport, and you'll discover a different way to fly. Schaumburg's Northwest Flyers was founded by pilot Skip Barchfeld in 1986, and over the decades its scope has expanded to include a flight school, charter services, and a full aircraft-maintenance shop.
Taking off out of the Schaumburg Regional Airport allows Northwest Flyers to take people on scenic flights over Lake Michigan, from where passengers can gaze down on Chicago's iconic landmarks. Oftentimes, a single trip with Northwest Flyers is all it takes for a person to catch the flying bug. Luckily, their certified flight instructors train people to get private and commercial pilot licenses, which grants them access to all the mini bags of pretzels they want on flights.