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Fly a Plane in New Orleans: No Experience or License Required

New Orleans, United States
Fly a Plane in New Orleans: No Experience or License Required
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Get your flying chops in beautiful New Orleans with a personal 50-minute flying lesson! No prior experience is needed for this excursion, which includes a 20-minute on-ground lesson and 30 minutes of flying time in the company of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified instructor. You’ll help guide the small plane through take-off and landing, and — once airborne — maneuver over New Orleans’ famous sights such as the French Quarter, the Mississippi River and the sleepy Louisiana bayous.
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Professional commercial pilot certified by the FAA with 20,000 hours of combined experience
Live commentary
20 minutes of ground instruction
30 minutes of dual flight time
You must call supplier 12 hrs in advance to confirm time & observer (add'l fee req., max. 2 allowed)
First Flight Certificate
Instructor Gratuity
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

5701 Walter Beech St, New Orleans, LA 70126, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Head to New Orleans Aerial Tours and Flight Training to meet your pilot instructor and engage in a 20-minute pre-flight tutorial before beginning your aerial adventure! You’ll learn the basics of airplane controls and flight procedure including the engine start sequence, aircraft taxiing and takeoff preparation.  Then take your seat in the cockpit alongside the professional pilot, who will guide you through your first take off!

As you hit the sky, enjoy the unique juxtaposition of New Orleans cityscape and the vast surrounding swampland, and learn how to maneuver above the city neighborhoods and plantation estates. Catch unbeatable views of the French Quarter as it hugs into the curve of the Mississippi River, the impressive Mercedes-Benz Superdome — home to the New Orleans Saints NFL team — and the magnificent bayou system that surrounds the city.

As your 30-minute flight time ends, your instructor will lead you through the touchdown procedure and help you safely guide the plane to the ground. Don’t forget to have your first flight recorded in your official logbook!

Please note: Reservation time for your flight and any on-plane observers must by confirmed by phone at least 12 hours in advance of travel date. Observers not guaranteed without confirmation. Observer cost is $115 per person (paid upon arrival), with a maximum of 2 observers permitted.
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French Quarter
You will get to see the highlights of the French Quarter as you fly over it during your airplane lesson.
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Mercedes-Benz Superdome
You will get a great view of both the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and neighboring Smoothie King Center as you fly over New Orleans.
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Mississippi River
You will have the chance to follow the Mississippi for a little bit as it winds through New Orleans.
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New Orleans Aerial Tours & Flight Training
This is your starting and ending point for your tours, located at Lakefront Airport in New Orleans.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note: you must call supplier 12 hours in advance of travel date to confirm a flight time and observer attendance (additional observer fee to be paid, maximum of 2 observers allowed), observers are not guaranteed unless they have been confirmed prior to date of travel.
  • Minimum age is 10 years to enjoy a lesson, minimum age is 5 years to be an observer.
  • A minimum of 1 person per booking is allowed per lesson. An additional passenger may be added as an observer for an additional fee (must contact supplier).
  • A maximum of 3 people per booking (includes observers).
  • Dress code is weather dependent; there is no air conditioning in the summer months.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed on the aircraft.
  • There are no restrooms on board.
  • No large bags are allowed on the aircraft, only small purses and bags.
  • This lesson is not recommended for those who are prone to motion sickness, please take the necessary precautions as refunds will not be provided in matters regarding these situations. Pregnant women are recommended to speak with their physician before flying.
  • All passenger weights MUST be advised at time of booking, the combined weight must not exceed 450 lbs and no individual can exceed 300 lbs.
  • You will be required to sign a safety waiver before take-off.
  • Flight time is defined as the time from engine start to engine shutdown. This includes the time it takes to get from the ramp to the runway and back, before and after takeoff and landing.
  • You will be required to provide photo ID at time of arrival.
  • In the event of a unique weather situation, we will reschedule at no charge to you to another date and time within two weeks of the original booking, so please have an alternate date and time in mind. Refunds are not available if a flight must be rescheduled due to weather conditions.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY New Orleans Aerial Tours & Flight Training

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Fly a Plane in New Orleans: No Experience or License Required?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Fly a Plane in New Orleans: No Experience or License Required?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Fly a Plane in New Orleans: No Experience or License Required?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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What is the maximum group size during Fly a Plane in New Orleans: No Experience or License Required?
This activity will have a maximum of 1 traveler.

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So much fun
, Jun 2021
Our instructor was very knowledgeable, and quite friendly. My wife actually got to fly the plane. She loved it. Would definitely recommend.
Amazing flight experoence
, Nov 2020
Great instructor! Learned so much and had a wonderful experience! Always wanted to do this. Can’t wait to continue lessons.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
William, we're so happy you finally got to fly a plane and enjoyed your experience! Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review and hopefully we'll see you again soon.
Great staff
, Feb 2020
I was truly terrified as the time got closer to going up in the air. Jonathan, my pilot, did a great job of telling me what to do and the flight really gives you a taste of what it’s like to be a pilot. You really do fly the plane! And it’s fun!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
Jeffrey_P, thank you for taking the time to write a review for us. We're so happy your pilot set you at ease and that you enjoyed your flight!
Good Lesson
, Oct 2019
This tour provides good information and details on the basic of flying. You really get a feel for being in the plane and seeing the perspective of the pilot. It has enhanced my interest in learning how to fly.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Keith, thank you for the kind words. We're glad you enjoyed your flight lesson, and if you ever have any questions about flight training, give us a call.
Fly a Plane in New Orleans
, Sep 2019
This was my husband's anniversary gift! He said it was a Great experience. More hands-on than he expected and had the pleasure of assisting the take-off
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
We are so happy that your husband enjoyed his gift and his flight! We strive to make sure that people choosing our Discovery Flights can do as much or as little flying as they want. Thank you for choosing us for your gift.
A very cool experience. You really...
Megan R
, Jan 2017
A very cool experience. You really do fly a plane for nearly the entire flight. The instructor lands for you. He made me feel at easy, even though it was a lot more hands on than I expected.
Excellent experience. Very...
Owen M
, May 2016
Excellent experience. Very professional. You will not be disappointed.
Everyone was very friendly. David...
John L
, Feb 2015
Everyone was very friendly. David, the instructor was very knowledgeable and courteous. My father was the person that took to the skies. He had a great deal of fun. I am going to highly recommend this flight academy to my friends.
Uma expriência fenomenal
, Oct 2019
Uma expriência única e fenomenal que deve ser vivida. Todo o pessoal da agência é incrível. Recomendo a todos.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Obrigado pelas amáveis ​​palavras e estamos felizes por você ter desfrutado do seu tempo em Nova Orleans. Venha nos ver novamente se você voltar a visitar! (desculpe-me por qualquer tradução incorreta)

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