- $82 for a discovery flight with one friend ($149 value)
After 30 minutes of ground instruction, FAA-certified flight instructors join students as they take control of a single engine aircraft and pilot it up to 2,500 feet into the air before coming down for a safe landing. Students may use the ground instruction as a credential toward a private pilot license if they so choose.
University Air Center
University Air Center dispatches its gravity-defying fleet on charter, rental, and training flights from its airborne offices located at Gainesville Regional Airport. A shiny, new Eclipse EA-500 cools its jets in the hangar bay, waiting to take its business-class passengers to their destinations at more than 400 mph, speeds once only achieved by cheetahs fired out of cannons. Trainees climb into the center's Redbird FMX simulator for ground-based training, or ride in a Cessna 172 for an actual flying experience. The aviators also tackle plane maintenance and avionics repairs as customers watch the twin big screens in the lounge or look up pilots' preferred knock-knock jokes on the complimentary computers.