Flying in an airplane, like meditation, provides a clear perspective, a sense of elevation, and the power to bend spoons. Dominate your surroundings with today's Groupon: for $199, you get an aerobatic airplane thrill ride from Four Winds Aviation at Aero Country Airport in McKinney (a $349.99 value).
Manned by a competitive flier and certified instructor, the aerobatic thrill ride whips and dips a Pitts biplane through heart-stopping aerial tricks. Before liftoff, participants receive a 20-minute flight brief discussing the flight's stunt maneuvers, safety procedures for the plane, and instructions on haranguing copycat geese in their own honking tongue. On-looking aviators strap into the front seat of the biplane for optimum views, allowing the pilot to soar into the sky and commence with loops, rolls, and hammerheads for 30 adrenaline-pumping minutes. Steely-stomached visitors can document the wild ride with a video of the flight ($49, not included with this deal).
Four Winds Aviation
Four Winds Aviation's team of veteran sky jockeys vaults passengers skyward for white-knuckle stunt rides and easygoing introductory flights. Intent on maintaining high safety and training standards, Four Winds’ seasoned flight instructors all hold high-level ratings and have earned hundreds of flying hours from service in the military, careers with commercial airlines, and years of entering aerobatic competitions. On any given day, the crew can be found imparting their passion for soaring upon pupils during training courses ranging from basic aerobatics to discovery introductory flights and flight-training courses. Students spend time on terra firma reviewing safety basics before taking flight in one of Four Winds’ meticulously maintained cloud slicers including Piper Archer airplanes, Pitts S2B aerobatic biplanes, and saddle-equipped flying squirrels. Along with beginner and recreational courses, the instructors also help more experienced flyers accrue the hours, experience, and know-how required to work toward sport, instrument, and commercial pilot's licenses.