What You'll Get
While birds take advantage of their feathers’ downy lightness to lift off into space, human beings are hopelessly oppressed by hair’s gravitational pull. Improve your altitude with today’s Groupon for a flight lesson or tour from Aerodynamic Aviation, located at Reid-Hillview Airport. Choose from the following options:
- For $99, you get a one-hour flying lesson in a Citabria or Evektor aircraft and a three-month Aerodynamic Aviation membership (a $236 value).
- For $135, you get a 90-minute scenic bay-area tour, which includes an in-air lesson for one flyer, in a Cessna 172 aircraft plus the use of two headsets (a $267 value).
- For $99, you get 15 weeks of sport- and private-pilot ground-school lessons (a $220 value).
Aerodynamic Aviation’s experienced instructors are passionate about flying, safety, and looking at the world through silver-lined cloud glasses. In a full hour of flight training, you’ll learn how to use the stick and rudder to control the plane and get the option to take aerial photos of your earth-bound dwelling or favorite grassy knoll. Upgrade to a bigger plane to provide room for a companion for an extra $30. Three months of membership with Aerodynamic Aviation entitles sky skippers to take more in-depth lessons and purchase block airplane-rental time at reduced rates.
Groupon purchasers can also opt for a 90-minute tour that follows the coast from Half Moon Bay to the Golden Gate Bridge or Highway 101 to San Francisco, depending on traffic and the whims of Mother Weather. Watch earth’s ant-sized settlers mill about on Alcatraz, Angel Island, and downtown San Francisco, with the option to bring a consenting sidekick. Bring a third passenger for $30 extra.
The 15-week ground-school session is targeted toward those with pilot’s license aspirations, covering principles of flight, weather theory, navigation, and flight planning. Classes typically convene Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m., and new sessions begin every 15 weeks. Students must purchase additional supplies not included in this Groupon, but Groupon scholars get a 10% discount on extra materials (regular pricing is $119.95 for the sport-pilot kit or $149.95 for the private-pilot kit).
The flight lessons carry a weight limit of 250 lbs., and the bay tour carries a combined weight limit of 450 lbs., but heavier passengers should ask if they can be accommodated for an additional cost.
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The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jul 18, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1/person, may buy mult. as gifts.Valid only for opt. purchased. By appt. only. 24-hr. cancel policy. For lesson: must be 15+, limit 250lbs., must sign waiver. For tour: must be 8+, limit 450lbs. combined. For classes: must be 18+. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About AeroDynamic Aviation
AeroDynamic Aviation co-owner and chief pilot Zdravko took his first flight at the ripe old age of 2 weeks. As his baby eyes looked out the window of the DC-3 airliner, watching the houses grow smaller and smaller and the clouds become his companions, the idea of flight bored itself into his mind. Zdravko has now racked up more than 7,000 flight hours—most of them as a flight instructor—and completed taildragger and acrobatics training with Amelia Reid, a pioneer of female flying and the 1960 founder of the location's original flight school.
Together with his fellow FAA-certified instructors, Zdravko shares his passion for flight via sport, private, commercial, and aerobatics training. The staff is dedicated to educating pilots on tailwheel aircraft and teaching true stick-and-rudder flying, which is much more reliable than using leather reins attached to each wing.