Statistically, flying is one of the safest forms of travel, next to riding in an armored car or hopping aboard the imagination express. Take the reins of reliability with today's Groupon: for $65, you get a one-hour introductory flight lesson (a $130 value) at Bayou Aviation, located at Harrison County Airport in Marshall, Texas.
At Bayou Aviation, professional pilots employ decades of experience and certifications to help flightless fledglings disobey the rules set in place by gravity. After 20 minutes of pre-flight briefing, ostrich sympathizers will board one of Bayou Aviation's training aircraft for 40 minutes of airplane-license-plate bingo with instructor Jim Whitesell. With an Airline Transport Pilot license for multi-engine aircraft, Whitesell helps to ease ground-evading greenhorns toward their own private, commercial, flight-instructor, or ATP licenses.
In addition to ground and flight instruction, Bayou Aircraft also offers flight reviews and pilot services, aircraft sales and maintenance by a retired Air Force mechanic of 20 years, Chuck Souder, who deftly maintains each aircraft at Bayou Aviation to keep the propellers spinning smoothly and the engines from getting clogged by clouds.