$159 for a Helicopter-Flying Lesson with a Simulator Session and Flight at Tampa Bay Aviation ($325 Value)

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In a Nutshell

Learn basic flight maneuvers in an FAA-approved simulator before piloting an R22 helicopter over the scenic coast

The Fine Print

Expires Jul 31st, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Appointment required, subject to availability and weather. 24hr cancellation notice required. Must be 5 or older. 240lbs max. Must sign waiver. Classes must be used by the same person. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Not valid with any other offers. 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.

$159 for a Discovery Helicopter-Flying Lesson ($325 Value)

  • 90 minutes with an instructor and a session in a FlyIt helicopter flight simulator
  • Up to 30 minutes of flight time in an R22 helicopter

First, strap yourself into the seat of an FAA-approved helicopter flight simulator. A certified flight instructor teaches you basic flight maneuvers and specialty operations, such as instrument training, emergency procedures, and waving at passing clouds. Then, while you're in the pilot's seat of a Robinson R22 helicopter, the instructor coaches you through the takeoff, coastal flight, and landing processes from the passenger's seat. This discovery flight can be logged toward actual flight time for a full pilot's license.

Tampa Bay Aviation

White sand beaches spread out into the distance, running into the cerulean-blue sea, where seaweed and fish can be seen drifting below the surface. Tree-studded islands and winding sandbars pass underneath, and a white suspension bridge stretches across the horizon like a length of thread. Tampa Bay Aviation's visitors take in these elevated, panoramic views of the Florida coastline from the passenger’s seat or behind the controls of an airplane or helicopter.

Its team of certified flight instructors and experienced commercial pilots operates a fleet of Cessna 172 and Piper Cherokee planes, Robinson R22 helicopters, and an FAA-approved helicopter simulator. During flight experiences and pilot-training programs, they let clients take the aircraft's controls without having to first duel the ghosts of the Wright brothers. They also take clients skyward for aerial surveys and photography sessions.

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