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 this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $119 for a private introductory helicopter-flying lesson, valid Monday–Friday (a $279 value)
- $139 for a private introductory helicopter-flying lesson, valid Saturday or Sunday (a $279 value)
During introductory flight lessons, an FAA-certified instructor shows students how to operate the controls of a Robinson R44 Raven helicopter. Before stepping foot in the single-engine chopper, the student and instructor first review some required materials on the ground. Once aboard, the duo practices such aerial maneuvers as takeoffs, climbs, and turns. For the technically inclined, East Coast Aero Club recommends some helicopter-operation reading material, found on the company’s introductory flight webpage.
East Coast Aero Club
Since 1985, the FAA-certified team of pilots and instructors at East Coast Aero Club has shepherded citizens from Hanscom Field airport to the skies above Boston for sightseeing, introductory flights, and pilot-certification programs. The crew oversees a 35-aircraft-strong fleet composed of planes by Piper, Cessna, Cirrus, and Diamond, as well as helicopters by Robinson. The company’s entry-level educational program, Learn to Fly, matches pupils up with one of more than 25 certified flight instructors, who teach students how to read each craft's instruments and back issues of SkyMall.
But passengers don't just learn about flight; they also learn about the area around them. Scenic flights afford aerial views of the city, soaring from Hanscom Field over such sights as the Lexington battlefields, the Charles River, and the USS Constitution. Passengers can bring along cameras to capture the spectacular views and document any crop circles they spot in the outfield at Fenway Park.