Without planes, humans under acute stress could only respond with fight or fight. The next time a rabid gang of top-hat-wearing beavers corners you in a dark alley, whip out today’s Groupon and take flight: for $179, you get a 30-minute flight simulation and one of three 30-minute aerial tours for two from Encore Flight (a $440 value), which is based out of the Van Nuys Airport. There is a limit of two people per flight.
Begin with the flight simulation, then take your choice of three different 30-minute aerial tours, all of which take place inside intimate planes piloted by certified flight instructors. Maximize memorable moments during the Romantic Flight. Or opt for the Scenic Flight, which flies high over Los Angeles, enabling cockpit cargo to bask in the breathtaking views of the city, its landscape, its people, and the plane’s shadow from 5,000 feet up. Encore Flight also offers an Adventure Flight, a hands-on rumble-tumble experience wherein participants begin their adventure manning a flight simulator before taking to the sky for a highly involved flight experience. An optional 30-minute training session is included, as well as an $800 credit toward an all-inclusive private pilot's license package.
No matter which flight path you choose, there is a passenger weight limit of 500 pounds, and those younger than 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Call ahead to schedule a time to go up, up, and away.
From their home base at Van Nuys Airport, the certified flight instructors at Encore Flight apply what they learned as students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to the training of new pilots-to-be through everything from discovery flights to full pilot's certification. The crew goes to work aboard an extensive fleet of Piper and Cessna light-sport aircraft, or doles out instruction while safely planted on the ground inside two FAA-approved flight simulators, one a stationary apparatus and the other a full-motion Redbird FMX. Fully enclosed in the Redbird's cockpit, students experience the motions of actual flight on all three axes and enjoy more than 200 degrees of wrap-around visuals, helping them spot hazards such as oncoming flocks of birds or commuting superheroes.
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