Big Air Aviation LLC

Rutherfordton

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FAA-certified instructor introduces guests to flying fundamentals & plane inspection while soaring above scenic mountains in private lesson

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Promotional value expires Oct 24, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. 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.

Pilots are the cowboys of the air, roaming the wide-open skies and herding children's runaway balloons. Giddy up, up, and away with this Groupon.

$49 for an Introductory Flight Lesson ($100 Value)

Students settle into the two-person cockpit of a Cessna 152 Sparrowhawk next to Rob Craig, an FAA-certified flight instructor with 13 years of flight-instruction experience and more than 8,000 hours of logged flight time. There, the intrepid airman reviews flying fundamentals before handing the controls to the student, who flies the plane over the lush foothills of Rutherford County for 30 minutes.

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

Totally awesome! Felt safe, pilot extremely professional, though, and fun. I can now say that I actually flew an airplane. Don't miss this opportunity !
Jeanette F. · January 9, 2013
Big Air Aviation worked with my crazy schedule to help me redeem my Groupon. They went above and beyond to ensure my flight was a blast. I drove 3 hours to their location and it was completely worth it!
Jan S. · November 14, 2012
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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