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 $199, you get an Introductory Flight lesson for two from Bay Area Flying Lessons in Palo Alto (a $399 value).
FAA-gold-seal flight instructor Darryl Kalthof and veteran pilots conquer new horizons with students as they put cockpit education into practice during Introductory Flight experiences. One hour of on-ground instruction cordially introduces two fledging flyers to controls, instruments, and respectful yoke handshakes inside the cockpit of a four-seat Cessna or Piper aircraft. Pairs of students then let the ground fall away as their engines roar into the heavens as Kalthof and pilots dispense careful advice from the copilot's seat. Depending upon weather, pupil pilots might ride the convection currents above the East Bay or race jet-powered seagulls along the coast during the 45-minute soaring session. Only one student will be able to take the controls while the other rides along, but, for an upgrade, the instructor can arrange midflight rest stops at intermittent airports so that both learners get a shot at steering the bird through turns, climbs, and descents.
Bay Area Flying Lessons
Darryl Kalthof of Bay Area Flying Lessons holds an FAA certificate as an airline transport pilot and ratings as an advanced ground instructor, honors earned over a distinguished two-decade career as a certified flight instructor. Today, he oversees a fleet of Cessna and Piper airplanes that act as airborne classrooms for his pupils, who range from 10-year-olds taking their first mechanical flights to advanced pilots earning certificates in commercial, multi-engine, and tail-wheel aviation. Lessons make use of the airspace surrounding San Francisco Bay, yielding panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean as well as many notable landmarks, including Dumbarton Bridge’s low ribbon of road and Stanford Stadium’s 70-foot animatronic statue of Bill Walsh.
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