A "Discovery Flight" is designed to allow you to "discover" the joy and functionality of flight.

If you've never been up in a single engine airplane before or if you're just thinking about learning to fly and not quite sure, this is a great way to start.

Your pilot will be one of Aspen's Certified Flight Instructors. He or she will show you how to "pre-flight" the airplane. Then, you'll climb aboard, fire it up, radio the tower for a taxi clearance and head for the active runway. Pretty quickly you will find yourself floating gently off the ground and into the exciting world of flying!

Discovery Flight FAQ

Q: Do I need a passport or birth certificate to take a discovery flight?

A: No. While this is a flight lesson, the TSA does not require that we verify your citizenship for the first flight.

Q: What should I wear/bring?

A: Dress is casual. Our airplanes are heated, but not air conditioned. And you'll spend up to 20 minutes outdoors prior to your flight. So just dress to be comfortable. As for what to bring... a camera and some form of payment are about all you'll need.

Q: How much should I tip my instructor?

A: While tipping is certainly not required, if you appreciate the job your instructor did you may choose to show your appreciation with a tip. $20 is about average.

Take a Discovery Flight

A discovery flight is the first step into the exciting world of aviation. Whether you're just curious about what it's like to fly a small airplane, or have the goal of a lifelong aviation career... a discovery flight at Aspen Flying Club will introduce you to all the thrills aviation has to offer.

1) "The Joy Ride " - Never been up in a small airplane before? The Joy Ride is an excellent introduction to general aviation and will cover all the basics in a 30 minute flight.

COST: $99

2) "The Future Pilot" - This is for the person who is reasonably certain he or she wants to pursue flight training, but just wants to be sure before committing too much time, money, or effort. You and one of our instructors spend a little time on the ground discussing the the basics of flying before going up for your first, albeit brief (45 minute) flight.

COST: $130

3) "The Front Range Experience" - Our most popular discovery flight. Don't think you're ready to pursue a pilots license? This flight is designed to change your mind! You and one of our instructors will go up for about an hour, exploring the benefits and beauty of flying a general aviation aircraft. Perhaps you'd like to poke around in the Rocky Mountain foothills, see downtown Denver from the air, fly over your house, or do a touch-n-go at a nearby airport... the choice is yours.

COST: $179

4) "The Premium " - If you're the type of person who only wants the best... this package is for you. Fly one of our newer, Garmin G1000 equipped Cessnas. The G1000's revolutionary design brings new levels of situational awareness, simplicity and safety to the cockpit. It puts a wealth of flight-critical data at your fingertips. Its glass flightdeck presents flight instrumentation, navigation, weather, terrain, traffic and engine data on large-format, high-resolution displays.

COST: $199