Pilots are the cowboys of the air, roaming the wide-open skies and herding children’s runaway balloons. Giddy up, up, and away with today’s Groupon to Airlink LLC at the Waterville Airport. Choose between the following options:
- For $57, you get an introductory flight lesson (a $112.50 value), which includes the following:
- A 30-minute flight lesson
- Ground instruction
- A logbook
- For $99, you get a 30-minute scenic winter flight for up to three people (a $267 value).<p>
Drawing on the collective experience of more than 15,000 hours spent in flight, Airlink LLC’s seasoned aeronauts guide guests through cerulean expanses during introductory lessons and scenic jaunts. Plane jockeys usher pupils to the cockpits of one of the Cessna 172s that make up Airlink’s fleet of sky-faring steeds, which ascend to altitudes of 3,000 feet during 30-minute lessons. Under the watchful eye of an instructor, rookie pilots take the controls to get a feel for maneuvering and prepare for séances with seagulls. After touching down, teachers lead students through a debriefing and record lesson time in newly minted logbooks.
Sightseeing flights let passengers opt to soar over Belgrade Lakes to scout for moose and picturesque landscapes, or over Augusta to shout down at City Hall. Up to three people are welcome on planes for sightseeing tours, and students can bring along up to two guests for an additional fee of $35 per person.
With flight ratings of Airline Transport Pilot, Advanced Ground Instructor, and Commercial Pilot among them, the seven-man team at Airlink LLC can wear a lot of hats. In a given week, they might take first-time pilots aloft for a half-hour introductory flight, conduct a ground school lesson for students working toward a Private Pilot’s license, and whisk sightseers away on scenic flights over the Carrabassett Valley or Sugarloaf Mountain. Based out of the Waterville airport, the FAA-approved 141 Flight School employs a fleet of Cessna and Beechcraft airplanes – including one seaplane – as well as a flight simulator that assists the learning process by eliminating variables such as adverse weather conditions and backseat-driving seagulls.