$50 for an Introductory Flying Lesson at Big Air Aviation in Rutherfordton ($100 Value)


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In a Nutshell

  • FAA-certified instructor
  • Learn to inspect plane
  • 30 minutes of airtime

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Promotional value expires Jun 19, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. 24hr cancellation notice required. Must be 15 or older. 220lb weight max. Must sign waiver. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Like riding a motorcycle, flying an airplane is an opportunity to don a leather jacket, get closer to the sunset, and earn the admiration of an entire Wendy's staff by going through the drive-thru. Rise to new heights with today’s Groupon: for $50, you get a private, introductory flying lesson at Big Air Aviation, located at Marchman Field in Rutherfordton (a $100 value).

Big Air Aviation's pilot, Rob, is a FAA-certified flight instructor who has 13 years of flight-instructing experience and more than 8,000 hours of logged flight time. He begins each one-on-one lesson by explaining the fundamentals of flying and love-letter skywriting. Then students scrutinize the Cessna 152 Sparrowhawk to ensure it is safely operating and free of ghosts. After takeoff, the duo cruises the cloud-highway for 30 minutes, passing over the tree-sprinkled mountain foothills of verdant Rutherford County.

Big Air Aviation

Whether Big Air Aviation's students are first-time fliers or seasoned jumbo-jet pilots, they all start in the same spot: the passenger seat of Cessna 152 Sparrowhawk. Starting off behind the yoke of the small, light aircraft presents a completely different flying experience from a 747 at an airport. “A commercial jet is like a cattle prod,” says Rob Craig, the founder of Big Air Aviation. “But this thing—you can go wherever you want to go.” Once student and teacher have ascended into the clouds, the student gets the chance to chart an individual course over the green foothills of Rutherford County, speeding over treetops or slowing down to high-five hot air balloon captains.

Rob says introductory lessons are brief: an overview of measurement instruments, controls, and rotor petals is enough to equip students for a brief flight. It’s this accessibility that proves the Cessna 152 Sparrowhawk’s biggest draw, and over the years, Rob has watched many of his former students transform what began as a hobby into a full-time career.

Customer Reviews

The instructor made me feel very good about the possibility of flying, and when I feel I can afford it I will be going back. He made me feel very safe in this endeavor.
TERI S. · January 7, 2013
Thanks for everything Rob! Even though I am unable to continue my pursuit in aviation currently, you've instilled a passion for flying that will eventually and undoubtedly manifest itself. Much thanks, Scott
Scott · January 7, 2013
I bought this for my dad and he LOVED IT!! The owner was friendly and knowledgeable and it was a wonderful experience!!
Laura W. · February 20, 2013

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