Introductory Flight Package or Single Hands-On Flight Lesson at Encore Flight in Van Nuys (Up to 72% Off)

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In a Nutshell

Flight instructors lead hands-on adventures over scenic LA landmarks, all counting toward eventual certification

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Oct 11, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required; subject to weather. 24hr cancellation notice required. 500lb weight limit per flight. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The human obsession with flight stems from a refusal to accept limitations and an intense desire to find out which of your neighbors secretly have pools. Put your eyes in the skies with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

$140 for a complete flight-instruction package (a $499 value), including:

  • 30- to 45-minute hands-on flying lesson over Los Angeles
  • 30 minutes of ground instruction before the flight
  • 30 minutes in a flight simulator before the flight<p>

$89 for a 30-minute hands-on flying lesson over Los Angeles (a $249 value) * Take the controls of a plane guided by a certified flight instructor * Valid for one student pilot and one additional passenger * Includes a free training logbook with a record of the 30-minute session<p>

Designed for first-timers, hands-on flying lessons allow aspiring pilots to embark on an aerial tour over landmarks such as the Hollywood sign and Malibu Canyon. After landing, students receive a free logbook with a written record of the half-hour training session—valid toward eventual certification—and autographs from passing eagles.

For the flight-instruction package, a half-hour ground seminar precedes take-off, as a personal instructor reviews safety guidelines and details the basics of flying, from how to read to instruments to controlling pitch and power. Next, a half-hour simulator session puts students to the test as they take off, land, and cruise in a safe, virtual environment before hitting the skies. Though only one person may actually fly the plane, one passenger may tag along for the flight, admiring the view and taking pictures, as well as command their own digital cockpit in the flight simulator.<p>

Encore Flight

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.

Customer Reviews

The instructor was so nice!
Heather · November 14, 2012
This was a birthday present for my hubby - the best present thus far! Good price, excellent flight, and hubby got to fly (not land and take off). We timed it so we saw the city in daylight and finished in nightlight. Wonderful!
Judith N. · November 27, 2016
My husband had a great time. Thanks.
Heather L. · August 5, 2013

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