Air is earth's most mystical element, with its ability to invisibly transport savory aromas, radio waves, and children's birthday wishes. Set sail for magical horizons with today's Groupon: for $169, you get a four-hour introductory-flight-lesson package at American Flyers, located at DeKalb Peachtree Airport in Chamblee (a $440 value).
Atlanta's American Flyers has been imparting aerial knowledge for more than 30 years with comprehensive pilot training. An FAA-certified trainer begins each introductory-flight package with 30 minutes of ground instruction to gradually introduce students to the sky. Next, students step into an FAA-approved SimPro simulator for 30 minutes of playing pretend that, like dressing up as the Terminator, prepares you for future responsibilities. After extensive air simulation, a Cessna 172 will shuttle students into the air for a one-hour flight instruction, during which neophyte flyers will experience the thrill of taking off, take part in steering the plane through the air's open roadways, and return the aircraft safely to its earthen burrow. Post-flight, a Flying Professor programmed instruction simulator continues the education process with two hours of instruction in the basics of aerodynamics, navigation, and flight procedures. Pre-flight training, simulation, and flight instruction does not have to be taken on the same day as the two-hour Flying Professor instruction, it is up to the student to decide.
American Flyers operates flight-training facilities across the United States. Its full-service instruction facility at DeKalb Peachtree Airport offers classes for complete pilot certification, instructor certification, and many other advanced courses, providing ample room for airborne advancement after introductory instruction ends.
Though most kids dream of one day being a pilot, very few ever get a chance behind the cockpit. The team at American Flyers seeks to change that by training students to obtain a pilot’s license or merely try out their skills in an introductory lesson. The flight schools’ numerous locations feature flight-training software, online courses, and pigeon mentors to grant students numerous ways to learn how to fly.