What is a Discovery Flight?
A Discovery Flight is the means by which someone can determine if they are committed to undertaking flight training to learn to fly, earn their Private Pilot’s License or maybe work towards one day becoming an airline pilot. The Discovery Flight is designed to provide you with an introduction to our flight school and how we operate, and your flight will be with a Transport Canada qualified Flight Instructor. If after your Discovery Flight you decide to join the Victoria Flying Club and enroll as a new student in our flight training program, your Discovery Flight will count as your first lesson!
Given that these flights are an introduction to flying with the opportunity to fly the aircraft under the Flight Instructor’s guidance, you must be at least twelve (12) years old. Furthermore, the flight is limited to just you and your Flight Instructor. If you want someone to share the moment with you, they are welcome to take pictures before and after your flight, but nobody can come along for the flight.
You can book a Discovery Flight by simply calling us at (250) 656-2833. You can book the flight for a time that is convenient to you during our regular working hours. The flight will be in one of our fleet of Cessna 172S models, and you must plan to be at the Club for up to two (2) hours for the orientation, pre-flight briefing and actual flight time with your Flight Instructor. For the flight itself, it will likely be up to 60 minutes duration. The cost of a Discovery Flight is $250/hour plus tax, and a $100 deposit must be paid in advance to confirm your booking. When the flight takes place the deposit amount will be applied to the cost of your flight.
If you have to cancel your flight outside of twenty-four (24) hours prior to the booked time, no problem, you can either get a full refund or you can ask to re-schedule for another date. If you cancel inside of twenty-four (24) hours of your booked time, you will not be refunded. As you can appreciate, we have a lot of students undergoing flight training and many recreational members who are also interested in booking and renting our fleet of aircraft. To be fair to others and to ensure an efficient use of our aircraft and assignment of Flight Instructors, we apply a cancellation fee policy to ensure everyone respects the booking system.
So…if you are ready to take the first step towards learning to fly and embracing the thrill of aviation, the Discovery Flight is a highly recommended way to see if piloting is for you! Give us a call, book your flight, and be prepared for an exciting new endeavour in your life!!