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: for $99, you get an introductory flight package at Atlantic Aviation (a $205 total value). The package includes the following:
- One hour of flight time in a Cessna 172 (a $135 value)
- In-flight guidance and instruction (a $40 value)
- One-hour ground lesson (a $30 value)<p>
Atlantic Aviation’s FAA-certified flight school sends aspiring aeronauts, first-time flyers, and the sky-curious into the big hovering blue with ground and in-flight instruction for beginners. After one hour of ground instruction in the new classroom facilities at the Herlong Airport’s administration building, air-ripping apprentices sidle up to the adjacent plane stable, a 15,000-square-foot hangar housing Cessna 172 aircrafts. Once airborne, students take the yoke of the birdless carriage, gently gliding high above the patchwork landscape of the terrain below, skirting along the rolling blue oceanic horizon, and soaking in the roar of the single or dual propellers. Time spent with the ground and in-flight lesson can be logged toward a pilot’s license, a certification considerably more adventurous than a bonsai-pruning permit.
Atlantic Aviation's FAA-certified flight instructors teach students the basics of flying from the pilot's seat of a Redbird flight simulator. Digital screens wrap around an enclosed cockpit, allowing students to practice flight patterns as they experience authentic motion from a moving platform. Always tailoring training to students' needs and ambitions, pilots and advanced-instrument ground instructors can help customers achieve goals of any degree, from learning the mechanics of flight in intro lessons to completing courses toward licensing.