Learn to fly with Lake Elmo Aero

At Lake Elmo Aero, we offer every type of training and rating you might need to either learn to fly for fun or a career. Our relatively small airport makes each lesson go smooth so students can focus on their training at hand. Click on each rating button below to learn more information about each process.

Discovery Flight

Have you ever dreamed of piloting a plane and soaring high above the clouds? Our Discovery Flight is your opportunity to turn that dream into an unforgettable reality.

Private Pilot

Getting a private pilot certificate is a great achievement, allowing you to fly single-engine aircraft in fair weather. It requires 40 hours of training and can be a stepping stone to more advanced ratings.


An instrument rating allows pilots to fly in a wider range of weather conditions using instruments to navigate. It requires additional training and testing beyond the private pilot certificate.


A commercial pilot license allows pilots to be paid for their services. It involves further training and testing beyond private and instrument certifications, opening the door to professional flying opportunities.

Multi Engine

A multi-engine rating enables pilots to operate aircraft with more than one engine. It requires additional training and certification, expanding the pilot's qualifications and the types of aircraft they can fly.


CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) and CFII (Certified Flight Instructor - Instrument) certifications enable pilots to teach flying and instrument navigation, respectively.
what our clients have to say

I recently completed my multi engine commercial add on here. Great flight school with great instructors. I had Trevor as my MEI. Trevor was patient, kind and supportive. No doubt Trevor will go far in his aviation career. The Piper Seneca is well equipped with Garmin G5's, 530W, 430W and a useful autopilot. It was clearly well cared for and maintained. I drove 4 hours, one way, to go to this flight school because the plane was nice with modern equipment. Passed the check ride with ease. Thanks Lake Elmo Aero!!!
Andrew Bravo
Andrew Bravo
Without a doubt, this is the best flight school in the Twin Cities. Don't let the small town feel throw you off; here you can expect nothing but the best when it comes to flight training, fuel service and maintenance. If you are looking for a place to discover the wonders of flight for yourself or someone you know, this is the place to catch the flying bug.
Gary Wilson
Gary Wilson
Great flight school with some amazing instructors.
Kyle Palmer
Kyle Palmer
Great school and full service FBO!

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Lake Elmo Aero Has A Large Diverse Fleet of Aircraft to help with every aspect of your flight Training

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Liability Release

I, (PARTICIPANT MENTIONED ABOVE) voluntarily desire to take an airplane (collectively, “Aircraft”) ride, pilot an Aircraft, rent an Aircraft, and/or train to pilot an Aircraft (collectively, the “Activity”), as well as to participate in the associated activities including, but not limited to, boarding, deplaning and/or walking on the runway and/or around the Aircraft, etc. (the “Associated Activities”), with LAKE ELMO AERO, LLC (collectively, the “Company”). Such activities may result in bodily injury, death, and property damage. I understand and acknowledge that engaging in any of the above activities are purely voluntary and I have made the decision to participate of my own free will. I also understand and acknowledge that, but for my voluntary execution of this Release of Liability (“Release”), the Company would not allow me to be in or otherwise near any Aircraft or participate in any Activity or the Associated Activities.

1. RELEASE AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE. I, on behalf of myself, my heirs, successors, assigns, agents, trusts, beneficiaries, executors, administrators, guardians, and legal representatives (individually or in any group; collectively, “Releasor”), hereby exempt, release, acquit, forever discharge, and hold harmless the Company, their respective officers, directors, members, administrators, trusts, managers, agents, representatives, servants, employees, successors, and/or assigns (individually or in any group, “Affiliates” and collectively with the Company, the “Releasees”), whether acting on behalf of the Company, or individually, from any and all liability, claims, losses, payments, harm, damages, costs, demands, claims and expenses of every nature whatsoever (collectively, “Damages”), whether in contract or in tort or under any other legal theory, arising out of my participation in the Activity and/or any Associated Activities. Releasor further agrees not to make any claim against, sue, or attach the property of anyone or more Releasees for any bodily injury, death, loss, or damage to personal property, or other damages, including those resulting in whole or in part from the negligence of the Releasees or other acts or omissions of the Releasees resulting from my participation in any Activity and/or Associated Activities.

2. ASSUMPTION OF RISK. I am not required to participate in the Activity or any Associated Activities. I freely and voluntarily choose to assume all of the risks inherent in the Activity and the Associated Activities, including, but not limited to, risks of negligent conduct of others, equipment or aircraft malfunction, improper or negligent operation of Aircraft, including those risks resulting in whole or in part from the Releasees’ own negligence or unintentional acts, but excluding gross negligence or willful misconduct.

3. INDEMNITY AGAINST CLAIMS. Releasor agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Releasees against any and all losses, judgments, or damages, arising out of any claims, demands actions, causes of action, and/or proceedings of every nature whatsoever (collectively, “Claims”), including but not limited to attorney and legal fees at trial and appellate levels, which may be presented or initiated by any person or entity, arising out of my participation in any activity and/or Associated Activities, and/or concerning the enforcement of or legal challenge to this Release.

4. LEGAL. This Release is governed under Minnesota law, without regard to conflict of law principles. The exclusive venue for any action arising hereunder shall be in the state and federal courts located in Washington County, Minnesota, and the parties hereby consent to the jurisdiction of such courts. In any action relating to this Release, Releasor hereby WAIVES ANY RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL.

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