Flying is a lot like having a staring contest: even with utter concentration, you’ll never be better at it than birds. Go toe-to-beak with our winged companions with today’s Groupon to Eagle Aircraft, based at the Porter County Regional Airport in Valparaiso. Choose between the following options:
- For $49, you get a 20-minute discovery flight experience (a $99 value).
- For $84, you get a 60-minute discovery flight experience (a $169 value).<p>
The discovery flight experience allows tender-footed aeronauts to take to the skies under the watchful eyes of a licensed pilot. Each lesson begins with an overview of basic operations, where the pupil learns about controls, takeoff, climbing, descending, landing, and dodging high-bouncing kangaroos. A pre-flight inspection of a Cessna 172 Sp Skyhawk or Cessna 162 Skycatcher follows, and then the student and instructor say goodbye to solid ground for logable airtime; the actual length of the flight may vary slightly depending on loading time. Following flights, participants receive a log-book with their recorded flying times to use toward future certification or street-cred points at Top Gun viewing parties. Passengers may bring along a third guest, free of charge, as long as the total weight of passengers is not over 550 pounds.
Eagle Aircraft's fleet includes planes such as the Cessna 162 Skycatcher and the Piper Arrow. Aboard these planes, pilots take passengers on scenic tours and train new aeronauts for private licenses, instrument ratings, and commercial flight. The company has been helping pilots earn their wings for more than 25 years.