If you've never taken flying lessons, you might be surprised to see what you actually DO during your flight. We'll show you the actual flight paths of planes that were used for flying lessons in Montana.

NOTE: It is absolutely possible (and somewhat likely) that some of the flight paths that we caught are of fully trained pilots out for leisure flights. We just think it's fun to take a look at the crazy patterns they create.

Learning to fly is one of the most common aspirations, although only a small slice of the population actually get it done. Time, money and access are all factors. Learning to fly is way cool, but it ain't cheap. Try 75 hours and around $10,000+ when it's all said and done just to get the license.

(Renting the airplane is at least half the cost of becoming licensed, but the cost isn't really the point of this article. We're here to check out the actual flight patterns that a plane takes, when there's a lesson/flight practice involved.)

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Flight lesson path 6 - FlightRadar24
Flight lesson path 6 - FlightRadar24
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This next flight path is almost certainly someone out in a private aircraft for a leisure flight. A long lap around all of Canyon Ferry with some very specific loops for sight seeing. Looks like a nice afternoon flight.

FLIGHT RADAR 24 is an easy-to-use site to track flights.

Flight lesson path 7 - Flight Radar 24
Flight lesson path 7 - Flight Radar 24
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Flight lesson path - FlightRadar24
Flight lesson path - FlightRadar24
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If you've never killed some time tracking planes and their flight path, it's pretty cool. You can track planes all over the world, not just close to home. "High Profile" flights and military planes are interesting to track, and YOU CAN see those when they're not on an active mission or something.

PRO TIP: If you get into this stuff, watching the traffic helicopters in big cities is super interesting. Sometimes you can also catch weather balloons and other decent "things that fly".

Flight lesson path 8 - FlightRadar24
Flight lesson path 8 - FlightRadar24
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Flight lesson path 4 - FlightRadar24
Flight lesson path 4 - FlightRadar24
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