There are few things as liberating as the ability to fly, which is why humans invented airplanes and chickens hate their lives. Feel the freedom of the skies with this Groupon.
$99 for 45-Minute Aerial Tour of Santa Monica and Los Angeles ($229 Value)
During the Los Angeles Extravaganza Deluxe Tour, a professional pilot-driven airplane departs from Van Nuys Airport—the site of many classic films, including Casablanca—and escorts passengers over the Los Angeles area. Between sips of complimentary champagne, passengers are encouraged to snap photos of hot spots such as Hollywood Boulevard, Disney Studios, and the Kodak Theatre, a venue best known for hosting the Academy Awards ever since Francis Ford Coppola stopped hosting the ceremony in his basement. Preflight or postflight, guests can stroll through Van Nuys Airport's collection of aircraft, ranging from vintage fighters to private celebrity jets. An HD video and DVD of the entire flight is available for pickup after the tour.
Living up to their slogan "Everything Rotorcraft," Rotor F/X runs the gamut of flight-related services by selling and repairing rotorcraft, in addition to offering flight training, transportation, and quick aerial tours of the Los Angeles area. As a prop company, Rotor F/X has a reputation of building believable cockpit mockups, aviation sets, and scale models of planes and helicopters. As a testament to their ability to enhance stunts, effects, and camera shots with their replicas, the crew of the History Channel's Modern Marvels asked them to construct a experimental helicopter that not only lifts up into the air, but travels back in time to prevent the original Star Trek from being canceled.