Pilots are the winged squirrels of the human kingdom, vaulting effortlessly from tree to tree in search of a good landing spot. Learn the secrets of aviation with today’s Groupon: for $135, you get a mini ground school (a $147.15 value) and discovery training flight (a $94.84 value), logbook (a $21.79 value), and course materials (an $8.72 value) at Cardinal Wings Aviation, which prepares students for the written pilot exam (a $272.50 total value). Customers need to set up a class appointment within one month of purchasing.
With more than eight years and 3,500 hours of professional flight education, Cardinal’s FAA-certified instructors have trained hoards of aspiring aviators and seasoned pilots. The mini ground school condenses essential flight information into a three-hour class, fueling minds with licensing and certification requirements, basic aerodynamics, and flying essentials like how to read maps of the sky or a copilot's feelings. The course, supplying all the necessary books and materials, also readies students for atmospheric exploration in a 30-minute discovery training flight, strapping new pilots into the cockpit of a Cessna 172M N118JD and putting newly acquired knowledge to the test under the watchful eye of an instructor. Bring a friend along to document the experience for an additional $30, or test mettle by facing the vast sky with only a teacher and animal-shaped clouds for company. Mini ground school is held on the first Saturday of each month, and must be attended before embarking on the discovery flight.
Cardinal Wings Aviation
The seasoned sky jockeys at Cardinal Wings Aviation arm students with the knowledge and skills they need to navigate the wild blue yonder. Calling upon thousands of professional hours and experience flying in all weather situations, these instructors command a fleet of metal birds that includes a single-engine Cessna and a Cirrus aircraft with a glass cockpit. Flights take off from Bowman Field and once in the air, students can work toward their pilot certification, gleaning hours for their logbooks as well as autographs of famous clouds.