Blue Skies Flying Services is located in the northern suburbs of Chicago at 3CK, Lake in the Hills Airport. We opened our doors in 1993 and have grown with the McHenry county community over the last 24+ years. We have gained recognition as one of the finest aviation educational training facilities in the country. Blue Skies Flying Services was voted the #1 Flight School in the Midwest in 2017 and 2018, and Best Flight School in the Great Lakes Region in 2021 and 2023 by the AOPA. We have one of the largest retail pilot shops in the Great Lakes area, and our Testing Center provides CATS FAA testing as well as numerous other computer-based employment tests.


Blue Skies is a full-service flight school and pilot shop that offers flight instruction, aircraft rental, and aircraft maintenance. The Pilot Shop carries a variety of pilot and student aviation supplies. We have an inventory of books, training materials, NOS charts, and gifts. We also carry headsets, flight bags and other accessories.


Our professional staff includes highly qualified flight instructors. We are committed to helping you reach your personal aviation goals, whether you want to fly for pleasure, or enter the aviation field and prepare for a successful career.


Flight training programs available include the Private Pilot License (PPL), Instrument Rating (IFR), Commercial Pilot License (CPL), and Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and (CFII). Flight Reviews and Instrument Proficiency Checks are also available.  Aircraft rentals are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Blue Skies also has an AATD flight simulator, with logable time towards most ratings and IPC’s.


The owner is actively involved in the day-to-day operations and is an A&P and IA. He oversees all the school fleet maintenance, as well as the needs of our aircraft maintenance customers.


Bring your passion for flying to Blue Skies Flying Services!


Blue Skies Flying Services was named the Top Flight School in the in the Midwest Region at the 2017 and 2018 AOPA Flight Training Experience Awards.


Blue Skies Flying Services was on the AOPA Honor Roll for best Flight Schools in 2016, and in 2015, made the top 10 in the country.

Mike Biewenga and Brandon Kuhn are both Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Gold Seal Flight Instructors.

Take the first step toward becoming a pilot.

Blue Skies Flying Services can help you achieve your dream!