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 $159, you get an introductory flight package from Empire Flight Academy in Farmingdale (a $379 total value). The flight package includes:
- One hour in a Frasca SR-22 simulator (a $60 value).
- One hour of live flight in a Cirrus SR20-GTS (a $179 value).
- Two hours of guided instruction throughout (a $110 value).
- A complimentary souvenir digital photo emailed to students.
- A six-month subscription to A.O.P.A. Flight Training magazine (a $30 value).<p>
With high-tech, modern flight simulators and a fleet of advanced aircraft, Empire Flight Academy trains aeronautic apprentices in the invigorating art of airborne transit. The private introductory lesson begins with a one-hour session in the Frasca SR-22 simulator. The simulator accurately emulates in-flight conditions as a Cirrus-certified instructor walks students through basic functions, such as climbs, turns, and navigational principles, and students learn that the barrel roll is not a donut. Once educated in the simulator session, patrons take to the air in a Cirrus SR20-GTS, a glass-cockpit general-aviation airplane. Pilots-to-be pirouette through the stratosphere at speeds of up to 150 knots under the guidance of a sky sherpa, practicing maneuvers mastered in the simulation. A photo-op during the experience ensures that tenderfoot aeronauts have visual proof of their first flight to boast to friends, skeptics, and future employers. The six-month subscription to Flight Training magazine offers words and opinions of aviation experts far and wide, ideal for students striving toward further goals for flights, or cubicles in need of airplane collages.
Empire Flight Academy
With high-tech, modern flight simulators and a fleet of advanced aircraft at their disposal, the instructors of Empire Flight Academy lead a host of trainings in the invigorating art of airborne transit. Authorized as a Cirrus, Diamond, Cessna, and Garmin G1000 education facility, Empire Flight holds courses that shuttle would-be cloud kickers toward their Private Pilot Certificate and Instrument Ratings through combined training on the ground, in the cockpit, and careful study of footage from Airplane!. Additionally, Empire Flight Academy’s offshoots—Empire Airways and Skyline Tours—offer ride-along sight-seeing jaunts of New York, as well as privately chartered flights.