The human obsession with flight stems from a refusal to accept limitations and an intense desire to find out which of your neighbors secretly have pools. Put your eyes in the skies with this Groupon.
$89 for Christmas-Lights Helicopter Tour for Up to Three (Up to $150 Value)
Departing from Western Aircraft at Gowen Field, each 15-minute tour sends groups of up to three soaring above neighborhoods and landmarks festooned in seasonal finery. Choppers pass low over the breathtaking lights of the State Capitol and Botanical Gardens before zipping out along the foothills for glimpses of residential holiday displays. Tours are piloted by seasoned instructors, and run from December 14, 2012 to January 1, 2013, departing between 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. each night.
Silverhawk Aviation’s owner, Catherine Rad Weber, built a school not only to teach people how to fly, but to learn to love their wings as well. Her comprehensive curriculum challenges students to fly at high altitudes, in different weather conditions, and over diverse terrain, training helicopter pilots who will be comfortable in the cockpit anywhere in the world. The program includes hands-on experience in caring for the rides, moving them in and out of hangars, and safely washing them without getting soap in their eyes.
Whether training or touring, visitors receive eyefuls of southern Idaho’s diverse geological features. The helicopters surmount rugged mountains, speed over mesas and high deserts, and ride air currents above rivers that wend their way into deep canyons. Apart from stunning the brain’s beauty receptors, this splendor provides a natural obstacle course against which more experienced pilots test their skill, zipping around rock spires or hopping the feet of their craft neatly through pristine fields of tire plants.