Without planes, humans under acute stress could only respond with fight or fight. Give yourself the option of non-confrontational crisis resolution with today’s Groupon for an aviation package from Encore Flight, based out of the Van Nuys Airport. Choose from three options, all of which can accommodate up to two people:
- For $59, you get 20 minutes of ground instruction and 40 minutes in an FAA-approved flight simulator (a $125 value).
- For $99, you get 30 minutes of ground instruction and 30 minutes of hands-on flight instruction (a $210 value).
- For $249, you get one hour of ground instruction, one hour of flight-simulator time, and a one-hour hands-on flight (a $500 value).
Encore Flight instills aeronautic know-how in prospective sky jockeys with lessons, simulators, and practice flights using intimate planes and certified flight instructors. All lessons start with classroom instruction, equipping future aviators with the basic knowledge necessary to break gravity's rules without breaking its spirit. The high-tech, FAA-approved simulator launches students into a virtual sky voyage with the help of five 60-inch wraparound TVs, offering users a 180-degree view of the digital heavens. In the practice flights themselves, amateur aviators take up one of Encore Flight's planes in a hands-on lesson, sailing through the clouds as they soak up the aeronautical expertise of one of the school's certified instructors. Students fly high over Los Angeles, where they can bask in the breathtaking views of the city, its landscape, its people, and the plane’s shadow from 5,000 feet up. All of today's educational options are good for up to two people, allowing aspiring sky residents to take their lesson solo or bring a friend with whom to gossip about ungainly birds.
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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