$199 for Downtown-Adventure Flight with Ground School from Chicago Executive Flight School in Wheeling ($399 Value)

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In a Nutshell

Two-hour flight lesson supervised by certified instructor glides over north-side forests, downtown sights & lake as students seize controls

The Fine Print

Expires Dec 21st, 2012. Limit 1 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. 48hr cancellation notice required. New clients only. May redeem across visits. 6ft height max and 200lbs weight max or $50 extra fee for larger plane may be required. Non-U.S. citizens who have previously flown an introductory flight must have TSA clearance to conduct further flight training. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Wright brothers invented the first airplane in an attempt to reach a moon made of cheese but abandoned their initial plan after discovering the sky is made of marzipan. Seize the sweetness of flight with this Groupon,

$199 for Downtown Adventure Flight Package (a $399 value)

Guided by an FAA-certified flight instructor, participants handle the plane's controls during preflight procedures, taxiing, and takeoff at Chicago Executive Airport. As forests shrink and rivers twine beneath the plane, metal birds point their noses toward the city. After gliding over the Chicago Botanical Garden and down the lake's sandy spine, eyes bathe in the majestic sights of Chicago, including Wrigley Field, Willis Tower, the John Hancock Observatory, and the verdant foliage and colorful flowers sprouting from the spires of skyscrapers. On second visits, prepilots learn more about aviation during a two-hour ground-school session, which take place Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. Throughout the lesson, senior pilots expound on navigation, radio communication, map reading, and how to catch clouds and roast them over a bonfire.

Customers can also bring a second person along for an extra $50 fee. Anyone taller than 6 feet or heavier than 200 pounds must upgrade to a larger plane for $50.

Chicago Executive Flight School

Jim Kwasek, owner and chief pilot of Chicago Executive Flight School, pumps blood through Chicago’s aviation community as the president of the local pilots' organization and a vocal advocate for the joys of flight. His journey to the presidency began with just one Cessna 150, and since then that Cessna 150 has birthed two Cessna 172s, two C23 Sundowners, and a C24R Sierra. With this family of winged wonders, his team of passionate, certified pilots teach students safe flying techniques. During FAA-flight training, they guide students through programs for private and commercial licenses or flight-instructor and advanced-kite-herder training.

They also give prepilots an introduction through total-immersion flights. In these hands-on sessions, newcomers live out an actual pilot’s routine: practicing pre-, post-, and standard flight protocol while skimming the countryside, lakeshores, and north side of downtown Chicago.

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