Details: Learning to fly

April 11, 2013
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GETTING THERE

GT Aviation and Potomac Airfield are about seven miles outside the Beltway. Take Exit 3/Maryland 210 and merge onto Indian Head Highway. Turn left onto Old Fort Road, make another left onto Allentown Road, then turn right onto Old Allentown Road. Make a slight right onto Airport Drive, then right onto Glen Way. Follow the green signs for the airfield, a half-mile on your left at 10300 Glen Way.

WHERE TO LEARN TO FLY

GT Aviation

Potomac Airfield

10300 Glen Way, Fort Washington

301-248-1711

www.gt-aviation.com

One-hour introductory flight in a Cessna 172 for $119.

NAFC — Flight Center

Lee Airport

3090 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater

410-956-8751

www.nafcflying.org

One-hour introductory flight in a Cessna 172 for $180 or a Piper Warrior for $160.

Washington International Flight Academy

Montgomery County Airpark

7940 Airpark Rd., Gaithersburg

240-246-7529

www.learntoflydc.com

Discovery flight in a Cessna 172 for $99; 30 minutes on the ground, 30 minutes in the air.

Aviation Adventures

Manassas Regional Airport

10600 Harry Parrish Blvd., Manassas

Leesburg Executive Airport

1001 Sycolin Rd. SE, Leesburg

Warrenton-Fauquier Airport

5075 Airport Rd., Midland

www.aviationadventures.com

Adventure flights available at all three locations average $100 for 30 minutes and $170 for 60 minutes in a Cessna 172 (prices increase with different models). Light-sport aircraft flights are $90 for 30 minutes, $150 for 60 minutes.

Brett Aviation

Martin State Airport

701 Wilson Point Rd., Middle River, Md.

410-391-0210

www.brettaviation.com

Thirty-minute discovery flight in a Cessna 172 for $129.

Chesapeake Sport Pilot

Bay Bridge Airport

210 Airport Rd., Stevensville, Md.

410-604-1717

www.chesapeakesportpilot.com

Introductory flights in light-sport aircraft, such as the Sky Arrow (one hour) or AutoGyro Calidus (30 minutes), for $99.

WHERE TO CELEBRATE FLIGHT

Virginia Regional Festival of Flight

www.virginiaflyin.org

Annual festival May 4-5, at Virginia’s Suffolk Executive Airport. Includes free Young Eagles flights for kids 8 to 17 on Sunday after the air show. See dozens of aircraft, demonstrations, workshops and vendor displays. Entrance fee $10; younger than 13 free. ($5 if you fly in.)

Women Can Fly

www.womencanfly.com

The inaugural flying events of this national volunteer organization will be held in Virginia and will educate girls and women about aviation through free flights, simulation experiences and classroom presentations. Each event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. June 8, Warrenton-Fauquier Airport; June 22, Hampton Roads Executive Airport; June 29, Lynchburg Regional Airport. Register online.

INFORMATION

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

www.letsgoflying.com

M.D.G.K.

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