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Tips For Flying Air Choice One

North Iowa is home to the Mason City Municipal Airport, which offers air service on Air Choice One. For flyers looking for a convenient way to explore a new destination, Air Choice One fulfills that need. I recently had the opportunity to fly from the Mason City Municipal Airport to Chicago, after boarding an Air Choice One plane. The airport is conveniently located one mile from Clear Lake, Iowa. 

Flying on an aircraft that seats eight people, is an experience in itself. Here are some tips to help you have the best experience possible.

Here’s insight into landing! It’s quite a view and a great experience.


Air Choice One planes have emergency restroom facilities on board, so use the restroom before you board. I would limit your food and/or drink a couple hours before you board, so you do not become “that” person on the eight passenger plane.


If you do not have to check a full size bag, I’d suggest packing everything into a carry on bag. This makes it easy to pick up your bag, as you exit the plane. If you do check a full size bag, there is no fee, but you will have to go to a carousel to pick up your bag at your destination airport.


Each airport is a little different. I can tell you, if you are at the gate area at Chicago O’Hare airport, it’s hard to hear the announcements the gate agents make; due to the business of the area. I would make it a point to physically speak to someone when it is 10-15 minutes before your boarding time. This way both parties will know who is at the gate and if they need to make a special announcement to locate a passenger.

Boarding Air Choice One


The beauty of flying Air Choice One is the fact that the view from above, is simply stunning! The opportunity for beautiful pictures is all around during your flight. Take advantage of this opportunity.

Mighty Mississippi

Oh yeah and I almost forgot to mention. The Mason City Municipal Airport offers free parking! Depending on your get-a-way, parking can be a costly part of your vacation. The Mason City Municipal Airport helps take a bite out of those fees.

With seating for a total of 10 people, 8 passengers and 2 pilots, everyone is in close quarters. Make the most of your flight. Look out the window and enjoy all the room that you have. On Air Choice One, it’s First Class seating, the whole flight!

Are you flying into the Mason City Municipal Airport and in need of a rental car while in North Iowa? Give the folks of North Iowa Collision Service a call (641-421-8555), as they offer reliable rental cars for use while in the area.

Rental car

*Thank you to Air Choice One for providing transportation between North Iowa and Chicago. Thank you to the Clear Lake, Iowa Chamber of Commerce for bringing this trip to fruition.


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11 thoughts on “Tips For Flying Air Choice One

  1. christi

    I’ve made the trip from north iowa to Chicago 4 times and it makes for the perfect weekend getaway. Less than 2 hours and 79 bucks each way, I won’t be driving again!

  2. SaraB Post author

    YES! If you are looking for an escape from the city, fly into Iowa and spend some time in Clear Lake, Iowa. You will be glad you did!

  3. Long Nguyen

    A very helpful advice for a flight in an airplane of 8 passenger trip. And yes, I believe it is a great experience with great view, as it could not fly high.

  4. Sue Reddel

    Very interesting! We live in Chicago and this would be a terrific alternative to driving for some Midwest destinations. I’d have my camera out the entire flight!

  5. Salini

    It was fun reading about the 8 seat small airplane experience. I have never been on a small plane. For me, even normal sized planes are scary enough 😉 It is great to explore the alternate to busy airports though. Curious to know how much does it cost?

  6. Lara Dunning

    When I lived in Alaska I few on small planes quite a bit. They are certainly an experience. And, in this case it seems like a better way to travel to avoid busy airports.

  7. SaraB Post author

    A port a potty that pulls out from under the back seats. I have yet to be “that” person or been on a flight where someone has been.

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