Great Lakes Air Ventures


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First-timers learn to take off, land & maneuver aircraft under supervision & future pilots prepare for two-thirds of license requirements

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Promotional value expires Jun 13, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 3 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Subject to availability and weather. Instruction and flights are non-transferable. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

From catapulting flaming soldiers over castle walls to sitting on active geysers, humans have long been fixated on flying through the air. Absorb the wonderment of flight with today’s Groupon to Great Lakes Air Ventures in Charlotte. Choose from the following options:

  • For $102, you get a first-flight lesson package (a $210 total value). The lesson package includes:
  • Two hours of ground instruction (a $70 value)
  • One hour of in-flight instruction (a $45 value)
  • Aircraft rental (a $95 value)<p>

  • For $119, you get a discovery flight for up to three riders (up to a $240 value).

  • For $300, you get private pilot ground school (a $400 value) with textbooks (a $225 value; a $625 total value).

Great Lakes Air Ventures combines FAA-approved syllabi with a triad of aircraft and certified flight instructors who give nascent pilots their wings. Aerial greenhorns grasp basic controls and acquire familiarity with aircraft during a first-flight lesson. To begin, two hours of ground instruction prep pilots-to-be for manipulating instruments, handling mercurial weather, dodging Mother Nature’s flyswatter, and performing pre- and post-flight checks. Then, pupils climb into a Cessna 152 for an hour of airborne edification. Supervised by a certified flight instructor, novice skywalkers take off and spend some time maneuvering the plane through the recently domesticated blue yonder before coming in for a careful landing.

During the discovery flight, a certified flight instructor assists the aerially curious on a half-hour flight over the Charlotte area. Co-flyers can bring up to two friends to taste the freedom of flight, and riders enjoy a cruise in a Cessna 172 bookended by a CPI-assisted takeoff and landing. Dedicated adventurers can cement their ardor for the sky by following the earthbound portion of a private pilot program. The comprehensive ground-school curriculum is designed to prepare brains and the second thoughts that power them for two of the three FAA tests required for a pilot license—the 2.5-hour written exam and the 2-hour oral exam. Training for the flight exam is not provided with this Groupon, though it can be purchased for an additional cost.

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

20 Ratings

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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    Charlotte, Michigan 48813


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