There are few things as liberating as being able to fly, which is why humans invented airplanes and why penguins constantly try to sabotage them by climbing into their jet engines. Feel the freedom of the skies with this Groupon.
$199 for a Scenic Bay Area Aerial Tour or Flight Lesson ($400 Value)
Take in a bird's-eye view of the Bay Area's undulating mountains, historic landmarks, and world famous bridges during the aerial tour, or opt to take over the controls and fly the plane under close instruction of a FAA-certified pilot.
The maximum total weight limit for passengers is 500 pounds, which generally accommodates about two adults and one child. Up to three passengers may participate in the tour, while the flight lesson allows two students.
San Carlos Flight Center
The team of FAA-certified pilots at San Carlos Flight Center opens up the world of aviation to aspiring pilots and sightseers. During comprehensive flight instruction, the team teaches pupils the skills needed to operate flight controls, land, take off, and keep seagulls from mistaking the plane as their king. Training sessions include everything from private pilot certification to specialty and advanced training. High-tech simulators such as the Xwind help burgeoning aerialists get their bearings before soaring the skies in a Cessna suited for training. To share bird's-eye vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge, coastal cliffs, and the city of San Francisco huddled up against the blue Bay, the crew also offers aerial tours.