Early man's attempts at flying included sewing feathers onto his arms and scaling mountain peaks in order to cling to the underbellies of passing comets. Learn to fly the new-fashioned way with today's Groupon: for $57, you get an introductory flight lesson, ground instruction, and a log book at Airlink LLC in Waterville (a $104 value).
Airlink LLC elevates mere humans to avian heights with its year-round flight school and scenic flights out of Waterville Lafleur Airport. Four flight-instructor pilots instruct junior and senior birdmen in the ways of the skies seven days a week. Soar to 3,000 feet above pouting clouds in a Cessna 172 from Airlink’s swift-winged fleet, taking the controls under the instructor’s watchful gaze and, if needed, calm assistance. Flyers may consider repatriating to intrepid airspace once they glimpse the tiny size of their landlocked home and scan the sights only visible from the perspective of Greek gods and overachieving seagulls. Whether quick thrills or a future pilot’s license is the goal, this deal permits up to two cocelebrants to ascend with you for $35 each.
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.