$50 for an Introductory Flight Lesson with 45 Minutes of Flight Time from Festus Airport ($100 Value)

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In a Nutshell

Instructor acquaints student with instruments of Cessna 150 & fundamentals of flight before 45-minute jaunt through surrounding skies

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Expires Oct 5th, 2012. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. 24hr cancellation notice required. Must be 16 or older; under 18 must have parental written permission. 200lb weight max. Must sign waiver. New clients only. Subject to weather. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Early man's attempts at flying included sewing feathers onto his arms or trying to harpoon a passing comet. Learn to fly the new-fashioned way with this Groupon.

$50 for Introductory Flight Lesson ($100 Value)

Certified instructors lead students through the basics of flight and flying instruments before climbing into the cockpit of a Cessna 150 for a 45-minute coast across the Festus area and Mississippi River. During the in-air portion, students get a chance to take the controls and pilot the plane. Those who wish to continue their training and enroll in the ground school will receive a $20 credit toward the cost of the course.

Festus Airport

Just southwest of St. Louis, a Cessna 150 rolls out of a hangar and turns to taxi down the runway of Festus Airport. It gracefully lifts off the ground, quickly ascending while dipping its right wing to head toward the muddy waters of the Mississippi River. Inside the plane is a first-time pilot, falling in love with the thrill of flight while an instructor watches over operations to ensure the utmost safety.

At Festus Airport, resident instructors illuminate tender-footed aeronauts during flight lessons, and experienced jumpers from Fly Free Skydiving usher adventurers out of perfectly good airplanes from high above St. Louis. Held each year across the airports' grassy fields, the Jefferson County Balloon Festival also calls Festus Airport home, entertaining more than 10,000 guests at last year's family-friendly flying festivities. The sight sets all visitors at ease with an indoor lounge, Internet access, and a picnic area with unlimited access to fresh air and views of the runway.

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