Intro to flight lessons

Have you always dreamt of becoming a pilot? Or would you just like to experience how it feels to operate an airplane in flight? Then you’ve come to the right place at Tessel Air!

With our Special sightseeing flights, also known as Special scenic flights, you get to fly the airplane yourself. Our Cessna airplanes are equipped with dual controls enabling you a safe introduction to flight lessons with an experienced pilot sitting right next to you.

You too can fly an airplane, without any prior training or experience!

your flight

We start off with ‘groundschool’ where your pilot will walk you through the basic principles of flight and how you can ‘steer’ the airplane around the 3 axis (pitch, yaw, roll).

Then you board the airplane, adjust your seat and fasten your safetybelt. Your pilot will start the engine and together you’ll taxi to the runway.

Your pilot will handle the take-off (and landing) of the airplane but once up in the air at a safe altitude you get to control the airplane.

Our experienced pilot will guide you every step of the way, explaining how to manipulate the controls and making sure everything is completely controlled and perfectly safe. All you have to worry about is that you enjoy the experience as thoroughly as possible.

“the sky is the limit!”

When you perform basic flight exercises where you make turns, climb and descend you’ll most likely find that flying really isn’t all that hard. It’s probably a lot easier than you thought it would be.

After 20, 40 or 60 minutes of flight with a Special Sightseeing flight you might very well catch the ‘flight virus’. This could be the start of a whole new hobby or career!

the highlight of your stay on texel

We’ve kept the cost of our flights as low as possible to enable as many people as possible to experience the magic of flight with Tessel Air. It’s an experience for all ages and for the whole family.

Durations and prices

How to book
  • Book your flight either in person at our front desk, or by telephone via +31(0) 222 311464.
  • Arrive about 20 minutes before your planned departure time.
  • Payment can be made at our frontdesk with cash, debitcard, (most) creditcards or with a giftvoucher (as sold on our website).
  • You can bring up to two additional people (passengers) on your flight for an extra charge. 
Terms and conditions
  • Minimum of 2 passengers per flight
  • Maximum weight per passenger: 110 kg
 
Discounts
  • Kids discounts don’t apply to this kind of flight.
  • Make sure to let us know of any discounts you’d like to make use of before your purchase. It’s not possible to settle discounts after purchase.
special sightseeing flight prices
Total duration*Groundschool (theory)FlighttimePrice: studentPrice: 1st passengerPrice: 2nd passenger
20 minutes10 minutes10 minutes€ 99,-€ 30,-€ 15,-
40 minutes15 minutes25 minutes€ 199,-€ 40,-€ 20,-
60 minutes20 minutes40 minutes€ 299,-€ 60,-€ 30,-

* The total duration of the experience consist of a groundschool component that takes place on the ground and a practical component that takes place in the air. 

Frequently asked questions

We’ve gathered some of the most common questions we’ve received with their respective answers.

Special Sightseeing Flights

Wat is het verschil met een gewone rondvlucht?

Tijdens een gewone rondvlucht hoef je zelf niets te doen en voert de piloot alle handelingen uit.

Bij een rondvlucht speciaal introduceren we je met het nemen van vlieglessen:

  • Eerst theorie les op de grond (groundschool)
  • Daarna de les in praktijk brengen in de lucht (zelf vliegen)

De piloot zorgt voor het opstijgen en landen en laat je onder zijn begeleiding daarna zelf sturen gedurende de vlucht. Je doet daar dan de eerste vliegoefeningen en kunt dan proeven aan de wondere wereld van de leerling piloot!

Is er een minimum of maximum leeftijd voor een rondvlucht speciaal?

Een maximum leeftijd is er niet. De minimum leeftijd is afhankelijk van de jonge aspirant vlieger; die moet groot genoeg zijn om bij de yoke (stuurwiel) te kunnen.

Als een kind groot genoeg is om voorin een auto te kunnen en mogen rijden (zonder stoelverhoger) dan is het kind meestal ook net groot genoeg om aan de rondvlucht speciaal deel te nemen.

Mogen er passagiers mee?

Jazeker, er kunnen maximaal twee passagiers meevliegen tegen een sterk gereduceerde prijs. Dit is ter plaatse bij het inchecken bij te boeken.

Moet ik me speciaal voorbereiden?

Er is geen speciale voorbereiding nodig om deel te nemen met de rondvlucht speciaal

Waar laat ik mijn spullen als ik in de lucht ben?

De meeste spullen zoals een handtas, telefoon of rugzak kun je gewoon met je meenemen tijdens de rondvlucht. Mocht je meer, of grotere spullen bij je hebben dan hebben we kluisjes beschikbaar die je gratis mag gebruiken.

Kunnen mijn vrienden/familie kijken ?

Jazeker! We hebben voor onze receptie een toeschouwers ruimte met picknick tafels. Daar zit je aan de start en landings -baan en kunnen vrienden en familie je zien instappen, taxïen en natuurlijk zien opstijgen en landen.

Bookings / Reservations

How to book a flight?

You can book your Sightseeing flight or Special Sightseeing flight by telephone (+31 (0)222 311464) or by email (info@tessel-air.nl). We'll then want to know the following details:

  • Name
  • Telephonenumber
  • Number of participants
  • Desired date and time
  • Duration of the flight
  • Giftcard details if applicable
  • Voucher details if applicable
How do I receive my sales receipt?

You'll receive a receipt at our front office when you check-in.

How do I change my reservation?

You can change the details of your reservation by telephone or by email. If the scheduled flight is to take place in less than 3 days it's best to reach us by telephone instead of by e-mail.

How to know for sure that the flight will be able to take place?

If, because of marginal weather conditions, you're not sure if your flight can take place it's best to simply call us for enquiries. 

If we're certain that there's very little chance you'll be able to fly we'll try to reach you ourselves. But if you'll be travelling a long way you might already have departed home. So when in doubt; give us a call.

Fortunately we're able to fly on most days. Weather-holds as they're called are quite uncommon for sightseeing flights.

Giftcards

How to purchase a giftcard for a (Special) Sightseeing Flight?

Giftcards can be purchased online in our giftcardstore. Upon completing the transaction the giftcard will be automatically sent via e-mail.

How do I receive the giftcard?

You'll receive the giftcard via email. You can then optionally print the giftcard yourself to present to the lucky recipient.

Is it possible to receive a physical giftcard via mail?

No, you can't order a physical giftcard online. We used to offer this option but we found that it's not our strong suit logistically and that almost everyone is happy with a digitally sent (via email) giftcard.

Can I return a giftcard?

Yes but only if not later than 14 days after purchase.

How to book a flight with a giftcard?

You can book a flight using a giftcard in exactly the same way as for a flight without a giftcard: by telephone: (+31(0)222 311 464) of by e-mail: (info@tessel-air.nl).

We'll ask you for the following details:

  • Name
  • Telephone number
  • Number of passengers
  • Day and time of flight
  • Flight duration
  • Giftcard number
  • Any other vouchers / discounts
Can the recipient of the giftcard upgrade the flight duration?

Yes, that's not a problem at all. When making a booking you can provide us with the flight duration you wish to purchase. If you have a giftcard for a shorter flight we just deduct the value of the giftcard from the total amount due.

This actually happens quite often as the 45 and 60 minute flights are the most popular choices and a large portion of the giftcards sold are those of the 30 minute variety.

For how long is a giftcard valid?

Giftcards are valid for exactly 24 months after purchase.

I've received a giftcard but I really don't want to fly.. what to do?

Fortunately this is not very common but it does happen from time to time. There can obviously be circumstances where you don't want to fly anymore or where you might not be allowed to fly anymore.

If you're still within the legally set 14 day 'cool-down period' you can request a refund. No questions asked.

If you're outside of this legal period we don't accept refunds. Then it's entirely up to you what you'd like to do with the giftcard. You can sell it to someone else or use it as a regift. Giftcards are not bound to a specific recipient and are fully transferable to someone else.

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My giftcard has expired.. what to do now?

If you've purchased your giftcard directly with us, via our webshop or via our front desk: please contact us and we'll see if we can't help you out.

If you've purchased a voucher or giftcard via another company you'll have to contact the seller directly. We are unable to extend the validity of other companies vouchers / giftcards.