There are few freedoms as liberating as being able to fly, which is why humans spent millennia inventing the airplane and why penguins are so very, very bitter. Exceed evolutionary shortcomings with today’s Groupon to American Winds Flight Academy. Choose between the following options:
- For $99, you get a special, extended, one-hour Discovery Flight experience (a $226 value).
- For $299, you get enrollment in a 9-week, FAA-approved ground course (a $759 value).
American Winds Flight Academy, the third flight school in the country to earn accreditation from the ACCET, sends students skywards with elite classroom instruction and cloud-bound practice. The Discovery Flight experience, normally a 30-minute affair, is upped to a one-hour flight for today's deal, allowing people to scrape the stratosphere above northeast Ohio. Under the guidance of an FAA-certified instructor, pilots-in-training will turn, climb, and descend one of three aircraft including the Cessna 150, Cessna 172, or Piper Warrior. Keep one hand on the joystick and the other on a photo-capturing device for preserving bird’s-eye views of Akron University, Kent State, Akron-Canton Airport, and crop circles that predict the whereabouts of the next crop circles.
Alternatively, the 9-week FAA-approved ground school preps pilots for a life of touring the skies with sessions running Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. In addition to time spent in the classroom, students will receive a logbook, gain access to the Cirrus II flight simulator, and be given a mile-long air banner printed with the lyrics of their favorite B-52's song. Participants in either option will embark upon their journeys home clad in an American Winds Flight Academy T-shirt.
American Winds Flight Academy
Amid the uncertainty and complex nature of the aviation industry in the early 2000s, Denise and Mike decided to buck opposition and follow their dreams. The husband-and-wife team kept their dream relatively simple: move to northeast Ohio, secure season tickets for the Indians and Browns, and open up the world of flight to others. They soon took Mike's 35 years experience as an entrepreneur and Denise's time as a commercial pilot and turned it into American Winds Flight Academy. Today, their flight academy preps prospective pilots with FAA-approved ground courses and hands-on instruction in their fleet of Piper and Cessna airplanes and accommodating pterodactyls. The duo's 15-plus flight-training courses and fast-track program include everything from advanced flight-simulator instruction to commercial-pilot certification. Dedicated to assisting veterans on their path to become commercial pilots, American Winds Flight Academy is one of 12 FAA-licensed (Part 141) flight schools in the state of Ohio.