$110 for the Explorer Discovery Flight at Lunken Flight Training Center ($219 Value)

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With the invention of the airplane, human beings were finally able to cast off poorly designed waxen wings, proving our superiority over the upbeat, but pitifully grounded penguin. Celebrate mankind's dominance over gravity with today's Groupon: for $110, you get a Explorer Discovery flight lesson at Lunken Flight Training Center (a $219 value). Ohio taxes ($8.25) and a nominal fuel surcharge (see website for current rates) are not included with this Groupon and must be paid upon redemption.

From its home in Lunken Airport, Lunken Flight Training Center provides beginner and advanced flight instruction from an experienced, certified pilot. The Explorer Discovery flight lesson begins with a rundown of pre-flight procedures before students jump in the cockpit of a Cessna 172S to start the engine and taxi for takeoff. Instructors lead students through the fundamentals of engine run-up procedures and subduing a need for speed, and hand the controls over after takeoff. Students will then practice maintaining altitude; making steep turns; and practicing simple maneuvers such as climbs and descents before the instructor brings the plane in for a safe landing.

After completing the basic routine, instructors and students will take off again and go through the entire pattern a second time to make sure new fliers completely grasp the fundamentals. The entire lesson lasts about two hours, including a tour of the facility and an hour and 10 minutes spent in the aircraft (approximately 55–60 minutes of which will be up in the air). All new fliers must bring adequate proof of U.S. citizenship, such as a U.S. passport or a photo I.D. with a birth certificate. Visit the website for other options—prior TSA approval will be required for any foreign students wishing to fly.

Must be 16 or older. Valid only for people with no previous flight experience.

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    East End

    4500 Airport Rd.

    Cincinnati, Ohio 45226

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In a Nutshell

  • Professional instruction
  • Assist in flying the plane
  • Accrue flight hours
  • Free signed logbook

The Fine Print

Expires Apr 11th, 2011. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 add'l as gift. Valid only for people with no previous flight experience. Reservation req'd. Must be at least 16. Under 18 must be w/ guardian. Must present valid ID. Tax, airport & add'l fuel fees not included. No cash ba Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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