Though often mistaken for birds and supermen, airplanes can easily be distinguished by the metallic sheen of their feathers and their lack of evil alter egos. Experience the difference firsthand with today’s Groupon to Flight Academy of New Orleans, located at the Lakefront Airport. Choose from the following options:
- For $675, you get a six-week private-pilot ground-school course (a $1,349 value). Pilot’s ground school meets Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting May 14.
- For $95, you get a 30-minute aerial tour of New Orleans for two people (a $190 value).
- For $90, you get a 50-minute Aviator Discovery Flight lesson (a $180 value). Hurry to redeem this option as it expires in just three months.
Ground dwellers can turn to Flight Academy of New Orleans for help conquering the skies, both as passengers looking for magnificent new perspectives on a stunning city and as students seeking flight instruction from licensed professionals. Ground school provides ascending aviators with 36.5 hours of land-based tutelage, as well as a one-time 30-minute aerial flight lesson in a Cessna 152, complete with 20 minutes of ground instruction. Students will also receive a Gleim Private Pilot Kit, which includes a flight bag, logbook, Federal Aviation Administration test prep CD, and signed photo of a man bearing a passing resemblance to Tim Daly. By the end of the anticrash course, students will understand the principles and procedures of flight, and will be on their way to passing the FAA’s written exam for private-pilot certification. Alternatively, wingman wannabes can ease their jealousy-fueled hostility toward the family canary during the Aviator Discovery Flight lesson. The session includes 20 minutes of ground instruction, followed by a 30-minute private flight lesson for a 50-minute intensive aeronautic intro, open to students age 10 and up. Guests who prefer the role of back-seat flyer can still stretch their wings via the 30-minute Big Easy Aerial Tour. A great choice for adventurous couples or heartbroken penguins, the tour takes sightseers soaring over some of the most breathtaking scenery in the region, from the French Quarter and Port of New Orleans to the peaceful bayous of Southern Louisiana. Cameras are encouraged, and passengers are also welcome to request customized tours, as all of the Flight Academy’s guides come well versed in the area’s history and Harry Connick Jr.–related landmarks.
Flight Academy of New Orleans
Certified under the Federal Aviation Administration, Flight Academy of New Orleans puts wind under student's wings with professional, structured flight-training programs. Their staff of licensed and FAA-certified aviators instructs small classes that allow one-on-one interaction between students and Certified Flight Instructors for more vigorous training. The team tutors neophyte flyers in a variety of lessons that range in length and topic. The aviators also offer aerial tours that soar over New Orleans' French Quarter, the Mississippi River, and the glistening bayous of South Louisiana.