There are few freedoms as liberating as being able to fly, which is why humans spent millennia inventing the airplane and why penguins are so very, very bitter. Exceed evolutionary shortcomings with today’s Groupon to Above & Beyond Aviation. Choose between the following options:
- For $54, you get a 30- to 40-minute discovery flight for two (up to a $130 value).
- For $109, you get a 2.5-hour introductory flight lesson (a $239.20 value).
Experienced instructors and their students take to the skies in Above & Beyond Aviation's fleet for pilot-certification courses and scenic jaunts above the Austin area. Pairs climb aboard a Cessna 172R to soar over the city during a discovery flight. The session includes 1.5 hours of introductory ground instruction and 30–40 minutes in the air, during which the instructor deftly maneuvers the plane as passengers peer out at the bustling streets, verdant parks, and a lost kraken floating down the sparkling Colorado River.
Clients looking to take the helm can opt for a 2.5-hour introductory flight lesson, which begins with ground training in the fundamentals of aerodynamics, airport and flying procedures, and an overview of the flight-training process. After instructors perform a preflight check of the Cessna 172R and explain the equipment, fliers ascend into the clouds for about 70 minutes of flight time, during which students can get a feel for the controls and attempt to fit in with flocks of migrating geese.
Above & Beyond Aviation
Though he couldn’t afford to get his pilot’s license after his first flight in 1967, Above & Beyond Aviation founder George Farris was hooked. He continued to pursue his dream of flying, eventually taking private pilot classes at the University of Texas. Now the expert who teaches the courses, Farris believes in making the rewarding and exciting experience of flight accessible to everyone. At Above & Beyond Aviation, he introduces students to flying and helps them work toward their own certifications. In addition to introductory flights and advanced training programs, Above & Beyond Aviation also offers aircraft rental for certified pilots who are tired of trying to flag down sky taxis.