Before the popularization of flight, the interstates were clogged with jets taxiing from airport to airport. Celebrate less congested roadways with today's Groupon: for $149, you get a 2-hour daytime or nighttime introductory flight lesson from California Airways in Hayward (a $298 value).
An FAA-approved Part 141 flight school, California Airways has been acquainting tender-footed aeronauts with the skies for more than half a century. Introductory lessons kick off with a flight simulator for a half hour of digital taxiing, takeoffs, and dog fights with F-16s. Students then peruse the aircraft and learn about pre-flight instruction before climbing into the Cessna's cockpit, taking the controls after liftoff for a 40-minute daytime or nighttime flight as a licensed flight instructor offers tips and points out clouds shaped like chew toys. Upon landing back at home base, the student will do a post-flight inspection with the instructor. All participants receive a logbook, newly minted with proof of their flight, as well as a certificate of accomplishment and a souvenir photo for framing, showing off, or photocopying and hanging around the neighborhood. A digital photo of the flight is available upon request.
The FAA-certified flight instructors at California Airways offer something for aspiring fliers of all ages with pilot certification programs, high-school summer camps, and birthday parties for smaller children. No matter what their experience level is, guests of legal age can handle the rudders of not only the business’s simulators but also its Cessna airplanes. Joining the California Airways club allows license-carrying pilots to rent these aircraft, provided they know the proper levitation incantations.
22693 Hesperian Blvd.
Hayward, California 94541