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Introductory Flights

Whether you are interested in becoming a pilot, trying a new thrilling experience, or are searching for a new hobby, an Airplane or Helicopter Introductory Flight is the perfect route. Not sure if an Introductory flight is right for you? Call today for more information!

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Whether you are hoping to pursue a lifelong career in aviation or simply want to cross something off of your bucket list, the Introductory Flight lesson at Tampa Bay Aviation is a great first step into the exciting world of aviation. Let one of our certified instructors become your guide in the sky as you take the controls of an aircraft for the first time. Consider this your very first flight lesson. There is no better way to discover if flying is for you.

 

Please allow 24 hours for online purchases to process. For same-day reservations, please call us at: (727) 461-5229. Flights originate out of both Clearwater Airpark and St Pete/Clearwater International Airport. Your specific location will be confirmed when your reservation is made.

 

Discovery Flight - Single Engine Cessna 172

The Airplane Discovery Flight is a 30-Minute Hands on flight experience where you will be introduced to the basics of Aviation in a Cessna 172 Aircraft. The Discovery Flight is just like our introductory Flight, only shorter- You will get up to 30 minutes of flight time instead of 45 minutes. The Discovery flight is a great way to get your feet wet with your first flying experience!

  • 45 minute experience
  • 30 minute hands-on flying experience
  • 15 minutes of ground instruction prior
  • Up to 30 minutes of flight time
  • Flight time will count towards your license!
  • Buy a Gift Certificate. Only $69.95

     

     

    Please allow 24 hours for processing. 

Introductory Flight - Single Engine Cessna 172

The Airplane Introductory Flight is a 60-minute experience where you will be introduced to the basics of aviation. The Introductory Flight includes a 15-minute pre-flight introduction and safety briefing, and up to 45 minutes in the air at the controls of a Cessna 172 airplane.

tampa bay aviation discovery flight

  • 60 minute experience
  • 45 minutes of flight time
  • 15  minutes of ground instruction prior
  • Flight time will count towards the FAA minimum flight training requirements
  • Buy a Gift Certificate. Only $99

     

     

    Please allow 24 hours for processing.

Discovery Flight - High Performance Cirrus SR22

Take your Discovery Flight to the next level. The Cirrus SR22 is the world’s best-selling single-engine four seat aircraft. Known for its Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS), the Cirrus SR22 takes safety and luxury to new heights. This Introductory flight is a 45-minute experience that will include a 15-minute pre-flight introduction and 30 minutes at the controls.

tampa bay aviation cirrus discovery flight

  • 45 minute experience
  • 30 minutes of flight time
  • 15 of minutes ground instruction prior
  • Flight time will count towards the FAA minimum flight training requirements
  • Buy a Gift Certificate. Only $149

     

     

    Please allow 24 hours for processing.

Discovery Flight - Complex Multi Engine Diamond Twinstar

Experience the thrill of flying a turbo charged multi engine airplane! Receive about 15 - 20 minutes of ground instruction introducing aircraft flight controls and the most advanced avionics system on our flight line. Whether you are a pilot wanting to test out a multi engine airplane or have never flown an airplane before, a 30 minute flight in a Diamond Twinstar will leave you with an experience you will never forget.

tampa bay aviation diamond da42 discovery flight

  • 45 minute experience
  • 30 minutes of flight time
  • 15 minutes of ground instruction prior
  • Flight time can be logged towards your license
  • Buy a Gift Certificate. Only $179

     

     

    Please allow 24 hours for processing.

Introductory Flight - Complex Multi Engine Diamond Twinstar

Experience the thrill of flying a turbo charged multi engine airplane! Receive about 15 minutes of ground instruction introducing aircraft flight controls and the most advanced avionics system on our flight line. Whether you are a pilot wanting to test out a multi engine airplane or have never flown an airplane before, a 45 minute flight in a Diamond Twinstar will leave you with an experience you will never forget.

tampa bay aviation diamond da42 discovery flight

  • 60 minute experience
  • 45 minutes of flight time
  • 15 minutes of ground instruction prior
  • Flight can be logged towards towards your license
  • Buy a Gift Certificate. Only $259

     

     

    Please allow 24 hours for processing.

Discovery Flight - Robinson R22 Helicopter

The R22 Helicopter Discovery Flight is an exciting way to truly experience what flying a helicopter is all about. Each Discovery Flight begins with approximately 15 minutes of ground training before the flight, covering topics such as helicopter controls and aircraft pre-flight inspection. Once ground training is done, you will hop into the pilot-in-command seat for 30 minutes of actual flight time with one of our Certified Flight Instructors in a Robinson R22 helicopter.

Maximum weight of passenger 220 lbs.

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  • 45 minute experience
  • 30 minutes of flight time
  • 15 minutes of ground instruction prior
  • Flight time can be logged towards your license
  • Buy a Gift Certificate. Only $139

     

     

    Please allow 24 hours for processing.

Introductory Flight - Robinson R22 Helicopter

The R22 Helicopter Introductory Flight is an exciting way to truly experience what flying a helicopter is all about. Each Introductory Flight begins with approximately 30 minutes in our FAA approved helicopter simulator before the flight, covering topics such as helicopter controls and aircraft pre-flight inspection. Once ground training is done, you will hop into the pilot-in-command seat for 45 minutes of actual flight time with one of our Certified Flight Instructors in a Robinson R22 helicopter.

Maximum weight of passenger 220 lbs.

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  • 60 minute experience
  • 30 minutes of flight time
  • 30 minutes of simulator time prior
  • Flight time can be logged towards your license
  • Buy a Gift Certificate. Only $189

     

     

    Please allow 24 hours for processing.

Discovery Flight - Robinson 44 Helicopter

The R44 Discovery flight is a step up from our R22 Discovery flight. This experience allows you the opportunity to bring friends along for the ride of a lifetime! The R44 Helicopter Discovery Flight is an exciting way to truly experience what flying a helicopter is all about. Each Discovery Flight begins with approximately 15 minutes of ground training before the flight, covering topics such as helicopter controls and aircraft pre-flight inspection. Once ground training is done, you will hop into the pilot-in-command seat for 30 minutes of actual flight time with one of our Certified Flight Instructors in a Robinson R44 helicopter.

tampa bay aviation robinsonr44 discovery flight

  • 45 minute experience
  • 30 minutes of flight time
  • 15 minutes of ground instruction prior
  • Flight time can be logged towards your license
  • Buy a Gift Certificate. Only $229

     

     

    Please allow 24 hours for processing.

Introductory Flight - Robinson 44 Helicopter

The R44 Introductory flight is a step up from our R22 Discovery flight. This experience allows you the opportunity to bring friends along for the ride of a lifetime! The R44 Helicopter Discovery Flight is an exciting way to truly experience what flying a helicopter is all about. Each Introductory Flight begins with approximately 30 minutes in our FAA approved helicopter simulator before the flight, covering topics such as helicopter controls and aircraft pre-flight inspection. Once ground training is done, you will hop into the pilot-in-command seat for 45 minutes of actual flight time with one of our Certified Flight Instructors in a Robinson R44 helicopter.

tampa bay aviation robinsonr44 discovery flight

  • 60 minute experience
  • 30 minutes of flight time
  • 30 minutes of simulator time prior
  • Flight time can be logged towards your license
  • Buy a Gift Certificate. Only $259

     

     

    Please allow 24 hours for processing.

What to Expect

The first part of your lesson involves some basic “ground” training. Here you will learn fundamental aerodynamic principles of flight and go over safety procedures. Your instructor will answer any preliminary questions you may have at this time. Prior to flight, your instructor will walk you through a pre-flight inspection of the aircraft to give you an idea of the process the pilot goes through before each and every flight. Among other things, you will check thewings or rotor blades, lights, oil, and fuel during this inspection.

Once the aircraft has passed the pre-flight inspection, you will climb inside with your instructor and he/she will explain the flight controls, including: the yoke, throttle, and rudder pedals or the collective, cyclic and anti-torque pedals and how to use them to control the aircraft.

With the ground portion of the lesson completed, it will be time to take to the skies. The flying portion of the lesson is a full hands-on experience that allows you to actually fly the aircraft with assistance from your instructor. You will learn how to turn, climb, descend, and other basic maneuvers. During the flight, the student can choose to fly the aircraft as much or as little as they would like, depending on their level of comfort.

Once you return, your instructor can answer any questions that may have come to mind during your flight. In most cases, this experience will spark an interest in aviation and leave you eager to begin flight training. If this is the case, your instructor will be able to provide you with all the necessary information that will enable you to begin your training as soon as you are ready.

24 hour cancellation notice required. Credit card required upon reservation.
Failure to abide by cancellation policy will result in cancellation fee processing.
All sales are final. Gift Certificates are valid for six months and are non-refundable.
Robinson Helicopter R22 weight max is 220 lbs per seat
Robinson Helicopter R44 weight max is 300 lbs per seat

What Our Students Are Saying

Don’t just take it from us, let our students do the talking!

“I absolutely CANNOT say enough good things about this operation! Just got my CFI from them, and had fun doing it (which I’m told is not a common phenomenon). It took minimal time, and the cost was about what you’d expect to pay at American Flyers, or ATP for CFI. However, the quality of training you will receive here will far exceed the standard of the “pilot mills”. Larry was my primary instructor but I also flew with Josh, Durant and Mike, all of whom were very knowledgeable and professional (in addition being “down to earth”, and cool). Look no further than these guys for all of your flight training needs! They’re awesome!!!”

Damian W.

“Known to be the best Part 61 school for a reason!
5 of 5 starsTampa Bay Aviation, located at Clearwater Airpark, boasts an amazing fleet of fixed wing and rotor craft aircraft,that are always kept in excellent condition, ready to fly at a moments notice. This flight school has the best team of CFIs I have ever trained with. Taking into account the excellent rentals rates for amazing quality aircraft, with highly experienced CFIs and staff, it is truly safe to say the TBA is one of the top Flight Schools in the nation!”
Jose A.

“Tampa Bay Aviation is an excellent operation. My son did his flight training here last summer and earned his Private Pilot License, and it inspired me to learn to fly as well. The instructors are excellent, the aircraft are up to date and the staff is friendly and helpful. We have recommended them to several friends and they have had excellent experiences as well. Overall, it is a great place to fly. i HIGHLY recommend it!”

Eric M.

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