Many children lose their aspirations to become pilots after learning that Santa’s sleigh is propelled merely by physics. Take your inner child for a spin through the air with today’s Groupon: for $52, you get one half-hour instructional flight, a log book, and ground instruction (a $104 value) from Advanced Air Incorporated, located at the Council Bluffs Airport, just minutes from downtown Omaha. Customers may bring a friend along to share the experience, or combine two Groupons to extend the flight to one hour.
Licensed and trained in outsmarting gravity, the pilots at Advanced Air Incorporated teach their trade to all newcomers, regardless of experience. Before the flight aboard a majestic Cessna 172, students receive expert insight from ace pilots, learning the ups and downs of controlling a mechanical bird. As each flight commences, instructor copilots will handle the complicated calculations and gizmatronic gadgetry before passing the reigns and putting students in control. Throughout the process, the instructors happily answer any questions regarding the experience, the plane, or how to get a scarf to flap vigorously on a calm, windless day. Once the plane lands, pilots-to-be are debriefed and provided with a logbook, where they can record their journey and note that flying is a lot like surfing web-based satellite maps, only with significantly less loading time and far more double-handed high-tens.
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Give Advanced Air Incorporated an hour of your time, and their instructors can give you the power of flight. Their training aircraft climbs high above Council Bluffs, where the airport's 656 acres start to look like the world's most realistic Lego set. The instructor hands over the controls, and novices take charge of a plane for the very fist time. The experience is known as a Discovery Flight, and it's a fitting name. That short time in the air can plant the seeds for a lifelong hobby, or perhaps even a career.
The journey to private or commercial licenses begins in ground school, but skills solidify once on Council Bluffs Airport's runways. CBA offers new pilots an ideal location. The airport lies close to Class C airspace, so new fliers begin communicating with air traffic controllers right away. Here, Advanced Air Incorporated's instructors have led many pupils to success; their website's home page brims with words of congratulations for new fliers or pilots who have gained instrument ratings and advanced certifications.
These students don't set their autopilot to fly off into the sunset. Advanced Air Incorporated keeps pilots around with a rental fleet of 10 aircraft, including Cessna and Piper models. The maintenance team also works on privately owned planes.