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 $57, you get a Discovery Flight package from Champion City Aviation in Springfield (a $113 total value). The Discovery Flight package includes:
- A 45-minute ground-instruction course (a $25 value)
- A 30-minute introductory flight (a $75 value)
- An endorsed logbook (a $13 value)<p>
Nestled inside Hangar 1 at Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport, Champion City Aviation lofts amateur aviators into the troposphere under the practiced guidance of certified pilots. Lessons commence with 45 minutes of ground instruction that incorporate essential preflight checks, such as instrument orientation and renaming the plane in honor of a favorite uncle. Propellers sputter to a start on a single-prop Cessna N65673 as fledgling pilots practice takeoff and landing procedures, bookending 30 minutes of instructor-assisted cloud hopping wherein students do the flying themselves. After exiting the cockpit, pupils receive endorsed logbooks with entries containing key flight data, which marks the first step in attaining a pilot’s license or astronaut learner’s permit.
Champion City Aviation
The FAA certified flight instructors at Champion City Aviation jet students into the skies with both college and casual training programs. The facility's combination of ground school and in-the-air education covers vital aviation techniques, including flight rules and regulations, radio procedures, and how to handle inclement weather. Ground school sessions unfold inside a modern classroom equipped with computer technology, and air training utilizes Champion City's fleet of training aircraft.