Great Lakes Air Ventures LLC


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In a Nutshell

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 Nov 28, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 3 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required; subject to availability and weather. Services must be used by the same person. 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 this Groupon.

Choose from Three Options

$119 for a 30-minute discovery flight for up to three riders (up to a $240 value)<p>

$125 for a first-flight lesson package (a $250 total value)

  • Two hours of ground instruction (a $70 value)
  • One hour of in-flight instruction (a $45 value)
  • Aircraft rental (a $115 value)
  • Logbook (a $15 value)
  • Guide to learning to fly (a $5 value)<p>

$300 for private pilot ground school (a $400 value) with textbooks (a $225 value; a $625 total value)<p>

During the discovery flight, a certified flight instructor assists the aerially curious on a journey 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 CFI-assisted takeoff and landing.<p>

For the first-flight lesson package, two hours of ground instruction preps pilots-to-be for manipulating instruments, handling mercurial weather, and performing pre- and post-flight checks. Then, pupils climb into a Jabiru J250 for an hour of airborne edification. Supervised by a certified flight instructor, novice skywalkers take off and spend some time maneuvering the plane through pigeon-designed obstacle courses in the sky before coming in for a careful landing.<p>

The comprehensive private pilot ground-school curriculum, consisting of 14 2.5-hour classes, is designed to prepare aspirant pilots 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.<p>

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

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
We bought this for my dad for fathers day. he absolutely loved it! A memory he will never forget!
Kim R. · September 12, 2012
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

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