Every time a bell rings, an airplane pilot laughs at the implausibility of the television show Wings. Experience the friendly skies from the air instead of your TV set with today's Groupon: for $89, you get a one-hour discovery flight, as well as pre- and post-flight briefings from Anderson Aviation in Bulverde, just 15 miles north of San Antonio (a $199 value). Anderson Aviation specializes in Part 61 flight training, where skilled instructors offer aspirant aviators customized lesson plans in keeping with Federal Aviation Regulations. Before taking off, an instructor will give you a brief briefing to detail what to expect, as well as proper plane etiquette techniques, such as always holding the controllers with a lifted pinky. Afterwards, climb aboard and get acquainted with either the 1977 Piper Archer II, which sports recently upgraded Garmin 430W intercoms, or the 1971 Piper Cherokee 140, with a 160 hp engine and bomber jacket-scented air freshener. After an hour-long stint exploring the blue yonder, you'll land safely with the pilot, who will recap the adventure with a final briefing.
$89 for One-Hour Discovery Flight with Pre/Post Flight Briefings from Anderson Aviation in Bulverde ($199 value)
In a Nutshell
- F.A.R.-certified flight school
- 15 minutes north of San Antonio
- Flight includes two briefings
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jun 20, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 passenger per flight. 260-lb. weight max. 1-week advance reservation required. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.