Helicopters are a lot like planes, except that they operate purely on the principles of physics, instead of on the fragile dreams of children. Learn to copter in fine scientific style with today's deal: for $160, you get a 30-minute helicopter lesson or ride at Bachman Aero (a $295 value). The launch pad is at the Schaumburg Regional Airport.
For years, whirley-bird watchers have marveled at the beauty, grace, and mating rituals of the Hughes 269C through binoculars. One-up observers by climbing into the cockpit for a 30-minute journey that follows the flight plan of your imagination. How the half hour is used is completely up to you. Spend your time instructionally by taking the controls and learning how to become the next Launchpad McQuack, or go the recreational route by kicking back, enjoying the ride, and allowing your certified pilot to take the helm.
This intro flight takes place inside an FAA-certified helicopter and is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be at the controls of a non-virtual chopper strafing and buzzing through the Chicagoland skies. Gift this Groupon to a thrill-seeking friend or 8-bit relative whose lifelong dream is mastering Atari's Chopper Command. Before and after the flight, the co-main-pilot will answer and discuss any questions regarding the experience or the meaning of life. There will also be a photo opportunity for pilots and their new flying mechanical friend. Those who want to take further flight training with Bachman Aero can take the value of this Groupon ($295) off a future lesson.
Flyers must sign a waiver, be 14 or older, and weigh less than 260 lbs.
Six Google Mappers give Bachman Aero a perfect five-star rating:
- I did a 30 minute [sic] intro flight, really great service, very professional operation. – Google Mapper on 02/25/2010
- The pilot was knowledgable [sic] and fun. He put me right at ease. Once we were up in the air and looking down at everything I had a blast! I did not want it to end! Wish I could be up there flying all the time now. – Google Mapper on 03/01/2010
Bachman Aero's FAA-certified pilots take to the sky inside choppers for flight services such as aerial photography, sightseeing, or lessons in helicopter certification. They provide beginning pilots a chance to log hours in their helicopters, helping students prepare for commercial pilot flight exams or their oral exam on pig Latin pilot jargon. The in-house instructors also groom accomplished pilots for a career in teaching with instructor lessons.