$175 for a Discovery Helicopter Flight at Wesson Aviation in Oxford ($350 Value)

Anniston Metropolitan Airport

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$175 for a Discovery Helicopter Flight ($350 Value)

Discovery flights acquaint aspiring pilots with a Bell Jet Ranger helicopter and let them control the chopper during introductory lessons. After meeting their FAA–certified instructor, students spend 20 minutes learning preflight steps, which involves a thorough helicopter safety inspection prior to starting the propeller. Once every item has been checked off the pilot’s checklist, the student-and-teacher tag team takes its place in the cockpit and shares control of the aircraft during takeoff, which fortunately has little to do with removing one’s FAA-certified-aviator sunglasses. Over the course of their 20 airborne minutes, students learn aerial maneuvers, such as hovering, climbing, descending, and turning, before coming back in for a smooth landing. Pilots can bring a camera for postflight pictures and a friend to ride along during training.

Wesson Aviation

The FAA–certified instructors at Wesson Aviation instill safe-flying habits in budding aviators, whether their aim is to casually jaunt through the clouds or to pursue a license for flying a plane, helicopter, or really large, specially folded piece of paper. No matter their aerial pursuit, pilots learn on modern and well-maintained equipment. The Bell Jet Ranger helicopter has flown about 1,400 hours and spoils students with modern avionic equipment, such as a Garmin GPS, radar altimeter, and heating and air conditioning—creature comforts to revel in when playing long hide-and-seek games with a stealth bomber. Students can also work toward their FAA pilot certification for private, commercial, or instructor flight at more than 200 miles per hour aboard the outfit’s twin-engine Beechcraft Baron airplane.:

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    Anniston Metropolitan Airport

    12 Heatherwood Ln.

    Oxford, Alabama 36203

    256-473-7221

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In a Nutshell

Students conduct preflight safety inspection before takeoff & 20 minutes of flight time under watchful eye of FAA–certified instructor

The Fine Print

Expires Oct 17th, 2012. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. 3hr cancellation notice required. Must be 16 or older. 275lb weight max. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Extraordinary "bucket list" opportunities, such as skydiving and helicopter tours