From catapulting flaming soldiers over castle walls to sitting on active geysers, humans have long been fixated on flying through the air. Absorb the wonderment of flight with today’s Groupon: for $120, you get a three-part comprehensive Orientation to Flight lesson in a fixed-wing aircraft at Flight Academy of New Orleans (a $240 value).
The FAA-certified pilots at Flight Academy of New Orleans inspire aspirant captains with an overview of aerial navigation, which culminates in a 30-minute flight in a fixed-wing aircraft. The three-part Orientation to Flight series begins with 30 minutes of ground school, during which faculty members chosen for their comprehensive knowledge and communication skills introduce the mechanics of liftoff. Next, students spend 45 minutes in the cockpit of a flight simulator to practice reading instruments and relaying their location to balloon-borne pizza-delivery guys. Finally, budding pilots bid adieu to earth as they zip into the clouds inside a Cessna 152, captaining the sleek aircraft beside the knowledgeable instructor, who murmurs constructive praise and resists the urge to slam on imaginary brakes.
Completion of the orientation series does not provide FAA accreditation, but may whet appetites for the rigor and thrill of conquering gravity, a craving that may be sated with one of the school's more advanced flight-training courses. Groupon customers who do not meet the weight requirements for this option can choose to purchase an upgrade to a larger aircraft.
Flights that are canceled due to weather conditions will be rescheduled for a later date.
Flight Academy of New Orleans
Certified under the Federal Aviation Administration, Flight Academy of New Orleans puts wind under student's wings with professional, structured flight-training programs. Their staff of licensed and FAA-certified aviators instructs small classes that allow one-on-one interaction between students and Certified Flight Instructors for more vigorous training. The team tutors neophyte flyers in a variety of lessons that range in length and topic. The aviators also offer aerial tours that soar over New Orleans' French Quarter, the Mississippi River, and the glistening bayous of South Louisiana.