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.
$99 for a 75-Minute Discovery Flight Experience ($224 Value)
Experienced pilot trainers instruct students on the basics of navigation, plane controls, and radio procedures during 30 minutes of ground school and briefings before and after the 45-minute flight. Those who wish to share the experience with a friend can sign up together to combine their flight lessons. Then, one student flies to Orange County Airport in New York while the other takes photographs of the scenic landscapes below, and they switch seats on the return trip.
Sky Training LLC
Grounded from flying long ago, an old Lockheed Constellation sits in front of the terminal at Greenwood Lake Airport. Remodeled into a pilot's lounge and rental hall, the converted aircraft now offers views of aspiring pilots as they sharpen their skills under the capable guidance of Sky Training LLC's FAA–certified instructors. The company's training program meets or exceeds FAA standards, with serious flight students receiving practical experience combined with educational DVDs, textbooks, and Jeppesen visual and audio materials. Ground-school sessions cover regulations, flight planning, and radio procedures, and in-the-air sessions impart takeoff and landing skills and help students to master flight instruments. Sky Training also offers scenic flights over Greenwood Lake, teaching all types of professionals how to fly, from salesmen who want to cover more ground to dentists who need to fit their avian patients for braces.