$89 for an Introductory Flight Package at Blue Ash Aviation ($180 Value)

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In a Nutshell

  • Professional instruction
  • 45 minutes of flight time
  • Earn accredited flight hours
  • Fleet of well-equipped aircraft

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Evolutionary history suggests that human beings descended from pterodactyls and began to lose flight capabilities after the advent of free mimosas in first class. Celebrate our avian ancestry with today’s Groupon: for $89, you get an introductory flight package (a $180.43 total value) at Blue Ash Aviation.

Prospective pilots can acquaint themselves with the upper altitudes during a full hour of simulator training and flight time under the wing of professional instructors. The lesson begins with pre-flight instruction (a $24.75 value) and 15 minutes in the flight simulator (a $12.25 value), where students learn how to handle real-life situations such as maintaining a steady altitude and eluding the tickling tractor beams of alien bogeys. Following the earthbound orientation, students hop into a plane with an instructor to learn the fundamentals of taxing, engine run-up, and essential flight procedures to exercise during the 45 minutes of hands-on, boredom button-off flight time (a $107.18 value). Instructors provide advice for simple maneuvers such as climbs and descents before bringing in the plane for a safe and smooth landing. After a post-flight debriefing and embellished high-five montage, students will receive a logbook (a $3.95 value) listing their accredited flight times and a First Flight certificate (a $5.95 value) to hang on the walls of their future cockpit cubicles. A Blue Ash Aviation T-shirt (a $15.95 value) and aeronautical chart (a $10.40 value) are also included in the flight package.

With a fleet of aircraft that includes an Air Force Diamond Katana, Cessna 172s, a Cessna 182, a Piper Arrow, and a twin-engine Seneca, Blue Ash Aviation makes sure that students are equipped with all the tools necessary to heckle herds of cloud goats. Once licensed, pilots are invited to return for advanced lessons and consultation on any future purchases and training.

Aviators Flight Academy

The certified flight instructors at Aviators Flight Academy have been helping fledgling pilots earn their wings for more than three decades. Students take off from Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport toward the earth’s giant blue tarp using the academy’s fleet of Cessna and Piper fixed-wing aircraft, performing basic maneuvers under a teacher’s expert supervision. Beyond introductory lessons, students can also enroll in the flight-training school to earn their license and finally be able to impersonate pilots at airport bars.