Giving Wings AviationTVC
4 reviews

Get your wings on with us! We are located in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan. Take to the skies and discover the beauty of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Mackinac Island, Torch lake and so much more. Reserve your airplane now!

For your enjoyment we offer complimentary WiFi, coffee and water. Also available is a nice Pilot lounge with Redbird Simulator and flight planning computer. Crew Bikes available on site to get into town (1 mile to downtown). Looking for instruction? We provide Sport, Private and Instrument instruction as well as tailwheel and Seaplane training.

CFI Rate: $45.00/hr
CFI Ground Rate: $45.00/hr


Local Procedure Briefing

Giving Wings Aviation, LLC

Cherry Capital Airport


fueling aircraft

Aircraft are fuel by AvFlight. Phone number is on the checklist. Tell them to bill to Giving Wings Aviation.

access to aircraft during business hours

Keys and flight book will be given to you upon arrival.

returning aircraft during business hours

We will meet you at the aircraft!

returning aircraft after business hours

Prior arrangement require. Please speak with Eric

getting reimbursed if you buy fuel elsewhere

Fuel purchased away from TVC is reimbursed at the local AvFlight rate.

Local Airspace Considerations

standard departure procedures

"Class D airspace. Active Air Carrier and Training environment. Know your phraseology!

No low level flights over Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Life vests will be provided for flights over water beyond gliding distance."

best way to get flight following

Minneapolis Center 132.9

typical TFR considerations

TFR during Cherry Festival Airshow. See NOTAM.

Local Flight Planning Tips

local hazards

Many towers west of Downtown!

unique weather challenges / microclimates

Lake effect snow! Northerly thermal winds can pop up as the city heats up in the summer. Usually happen between 4 and 8 p.m.

best airports to visit in the area

Harbor Springs has a great crew car and wonderful atmosphere. Saint Ignace has a great staff.

restrictions which apply to any nearby national parks

Sleeping Bear Dunes remain 2,000 ft. AGL and 2,000 ft. horizontal.

Local Airfield Operations

taxiing to the runways

Let ground know you are at Denton Farms and request to return to Denton Farms upon landing.

run up area

There is a designated run up area for 28 off to the left as you approach the runway.

What does the tower want you to do before you call ready for takeoff?

The tower will want to know what your direction of flight will be (e.g. departing to the NW)

preferred pattern entries

1600 ft. MSL


July 6, 2016, 3:29 p.m.

Giving Wings Aviation is rated 5.0 out of 5 stars from 4 reviews.
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Operator Info

Cherry Capital Airport AIRPORT
1170 Airport Access Rd.
Traverse City, MI 49686

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