When summer unfurls its wings and flaps languidly through the air, commandeer a helicopter and pursue it into the sky, harpoon in hand: for $98, today's Groupon gets you a one-hour introductory helicopter-flying lesson from Air Atlanta Helicopters, a $220 value. Flyers must be at least 18 years old and weigh less than 220 pounds (or have parental permission if age 15—17, upgrades for weight restrictions available as well), with lessons taking place at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport.
The 3,600-second Discovery Flight sits you side by side with one of the school's certified flight instructors in a Robinson R22 helicopter. After a brief ground school that covers the basics, you'll strap into the cockpit of this reliable, safe little bird and cover essential preflight principles such as breathing and not making eye contact for more than three seconds. Listen to the purr of the engine that's won the R22 major-speed and distance-performance records, while your steady hands maintain hovering level. From there you'll try a short flight around the area, with the instructor offering helpful guidance along the way.
Though you won't be licensed to fly solo after this lesson, you can count the hour toward an actual helicopter rating. Air Atlanta also owns and operates the Professional Helicopter Academy, the state's only FAA-regulated chopper-training facility. Whether you're learning to fly for business, pleasure, or spite, Air Atlanta's safety-first staff will help you realize your airborne goals.
Air Atlanta has a weight limit of 220 pounds; upgrades to larger aircrafts are available, call Air Atlanta for details.
Three Yelpers give Air Atlanta a perfect five stars:
- … a personable instructor that really enjoys teaching. He is knowledgeable and provided lots of practical advice in pursuing a rotary career. Air Atlanta is a first class outfit. – mike h.
- He explained everything as we flew over them and he kept talking to us - which totally made me feel comfortable. This is such a recommended event for anybody! The pilot doesn't fly too high - so even if you have a fear of heights, this won't be too bad. – Yuna P.
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