$300 for Private Pilot Ground School and Textbook Package or $97 for First Flight Lesson at Great Lakes Air Ventures


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In a Nutshell

  • Fly with certified instructors
  • Prepare for FAA written exam
  • All materials included

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Before airplanes were invented, flight could only be achieved using hot air balloons, giant kites, and tuxedos made of live sparrows. Take off without the formality with today's Groupon from Great Lakes Air Ventures. Choose between two options:

  • For $300, you get enrollment in the Private Pilot Ground School and Textbook Package (a $625 value).
  • For $97, you get a one-hour first flight lesson (a $195 value).

After a session of ground instruction, amateur aviators take to the wing with a certified flight instructor for a one-hour first flight lesson, guiding their craft through the skies surrounding the Charlotte Airport. Students will also have their logbooks endorsed by an instructor for their first hour of flight time. Pilots bitten by the certification bug can opt to hit the books with Great Lakes Air Venture's Private Pilot Ground School ($400 tuition value, $225 book package value), a comprehensive 14-week course or seven-week accelerated course offered in May, designed to prepare students for the FAA's private-pilot-license written exam. The tuition covers 35 hours of ground instruction in a classroom setting with three or more students. Taught by owner and half-eagle Patrick Retzer, the class readies wingsters for independent flight, allowing pilots freedom to soar the skies and harvest cloud cotton for the world's lightest pajamas.

Great Lakes Air Ventures

Great Lakes Air Ventures combines FAA-approved syllabi with a triad of aircraft and a quadrad of certified flight instructors to give nascent pilots their wings. In addition to their instructional acumen, the high-flying staff members have experience shuttling packages for UPS, serving as a jump pilot for skydiving excursions, and teaching newborn birds to flap their wings. Aerial greenhorns can grasp basic controls and acquire familiarity with aircraft during Great Lakes' sundry training programs.

Customer Reviews

Had a bit of an issue with the pilot, Jason missing my original appointment, but it ended up working out better to schedule on a different day. I had a fantastic time flying with Jason who was both knowledgeable and friendly. I will definitely go back again.
Katie S. · July 7, 2015
Did a great job - had a great pilot !
Tim F. · August 12, 2013
It took 3 months to actually schedule an appointment due to mechanical issues with their airplane, but it was well worth the wait. The experience was amazing!
Cameron S. · September 26, 2012

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