Discovery Flight

Discovery Flight, your first student pilot flight

Start your journey as a new student pilot today by taking a Discovery Flight!  Third Coast Aviation (‘TCA‘) and our experienced Certified Flight Instructors (‘CFI‘) believe that our business is to get new student pilots into the air in one of our professionally maintained aircraft.  Furthermore, historic Ellington Field (KEFD) in Houston, Texas provides an exciting setting for your first flight!

Ellington Airport (KEFD)
Ellington Airport (KEFD)

New student pilots learn the basics and freedom of flying in a single piston engine fixed wing aircraft, experiencing take-off, climbing to the desired altitude, navigation, and then returning to Ellington Field.  After completing the flight and properly stowing the aircraft, our Discovery Flight concludes with an after action review and recording of this first flight in a flight log.

New student pilots are at the controls, but don’t worry, there will be a professional licensed CFI right next to you who also has control of the aircraft.  You might ask what’s included in the Discovery Flight?  Well, ours include:

  • ground school with safety precautions,
  • headset usage,
  • time in an aircraft from our flight line,
  • ground school review of flight activities, and
  • sign up for further flight training with TCA.

Discovery Flight Rules

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The FAA defines what we can do in our Discovery Flights, ensuring your safety.  Here are some rules:

  • must be for new flight training students whose next step is applying for their student pilot license.  This is not a “joy ride” or “bucket list” activity;
  • must be provided by a Certified Flight Instructor; and
  • only one Discovery Flight can be done per student pilot prior to establishing U.S. citizenship (FAR Part 49 1552, “Demonstration flight for marketing purposes” paragraph).

For more information, see our FAQ on the definition of Discovery Flights from February 2018…


Our Discovery flights have a full retail value of $399.00.  As a Part 61 flight school offering flight training, TCA bills this as your first flight using our standard flight training rates for the CFI and plane rental. TCA offers the ability to purchase Discovery Flights as well as experiencing our Advanced Aviation Training Device through GROUPON.

Make sure that you post a review with GROUPON if you purchased on GROUPON or go to Yelp and post a review there.  Also, check out our Instagram page for some pictures of previous Discovery Flight smiles.

About Third Coast Aviation

Founded in January 2017, Third Coast Aviation (‘TCA‘) is a Texas Gulf Coast aviation company providing Part 61 flight trainingaircraft acquisition, sales, and management services.  Our seasoned Certified Flight Instructors (CFI, CFII, and MEI) deliver flight training from Discovery Flights to Private Pilot License (PPL), Commercial Pilots License (CPL), CFI and beyond. Our admissions professionals help individuals transition into professional careers through our partnerships with regional air carriers such as GoJet Airlines Inc.; our business-to-business (‘B2B’) clientele provide explosive growth opportunity and longevity for our staff of Certified Flight Instructors (‘CFI’), maintenance professionals, and an exhilarating place for our students to learn!

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