Choose Between Two Options
- $198 for an eight-hour written-test preparation and exam course ($399 value)
- $299 for an eight-hour written-test prep and exam with a 40-minute flight ($598 value)
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2–4 hours
Brands Used: Gliem, Jeppesen
Pro Tip: Be ready to learn and be well rested.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Aviation Ground School
Recommended Age Group: Adults
The Cessna 172 Skyhawk: Making the Skies Even Friendlier
With a superior safety record and a design that's made it desirable for just about every pilot, the Skyhawk is a favorite of flight schools. Check out how the aircraft first got off the ground.
Hailed by Flying magazine as “the most popular airplane ever” thanks to its “silky-smooth flying manners” and its “solid, reliable, durable and predictable” performance, the Cessna 172 Skyhawk is one of the most common planes used by flight schools to train nascent pilots. The four-seat plane can reach a maximum cruise speed of 141 miles per hour and has a service ceiling of 13,500 feet. Introduced in 1956, the plane’s modern iteration has been praised by Plane & Pilot magazine as being “one of the easiest machines to put back on the ground” due to its “slow and gentle” control response, while also boasting an “excellent safety record."
It wasn't always such a consistent ride. Back in 1911, Clyde Vernon Cessna ran 14 separate attempts at flight straight into the trees. “I’m going to fly this thing,” the aviator exclaimed, “then I’m going to set it afire and never have another thing to do with aeroplanes!” Though he held true to one of his vows, Cessna did not retire, but rather went on to found his eponymous aircraft company in Wichita, Kansas, in 1927. Driven by his dream to build a monoplane with wings free of supporting struts or braces, Cessna’s cantilever design revolutionized aviation and remains the industry standard today. In the years since its founding, Cessna has continued to manufacture small aircraft—from midsize business jets to single-engine aircraft—that have been used by all manner of flyers such as cadets in the US Air Force and even James Bond during a getaway scene in Live and Let Die.
Fast Wings Aviation
At Fast Wings Aviation, FAA-Certified Gold Seal Flight Instructors pass along the finer points of flying to pupils working toward a future in aviation. They open the sky to new students, taking their charges on Discovery Flights. Their most impressive part is their instructor, who has more than 10 years of experience and thousands of hours of flight instruction. Fast Wings Aviation has access to a fleet of nine aircraft's, such as Cessna, Piper, and Diamond. Their thrilling sample only begins the training, as they conduct full classroom and flight certification courses for private pilots and career minded pilots.