There are few freedoms as liberating as being able to fly, which is why humans spent millennia inventing the airplane and why penguins are so very, very bitter. Exceed evolutionary shortcomings with today’s Groupon: for $45, you get an introductory flight lesson (up to an $89 value) at St. Charles Flying Service, located at St. Charles County Smartt Airport in Portage Des Sioux.
St. Charles Flying Service's FAA-certified flight instructors school participants on the winged wonders during 30-minutes of ground instruction and 30-minutes of actual flight time in either a two- or four-seater aircraft. To start off lessons, flight instructor explain the basics and then sit back as students take control of the plane for a more rewarding airborne experience than attaching wings to a My Little Pony and trying to bully it into flying. Afterward, the budding pilots will have time to debrief with instructors, as well as ask questions, though the aircrafts are known to ignore personal inquiries about their relationship statuses. In addition to offering a home base to neophyte flights, St. Charles County Smartt Airport balances a multitude of aviation services and houses several World War II vintage aircrafts as well as a Boeing test site.
St. Charles Flying Service
At one time, St. Charles Flying Service's airport was a training base for World War II pilots during the early 1940s. Today, several vintage WWII aircraft still call the facility home, as does Boeing, which utilizes the grounds to test its own planes for modern-day military operations. Surrounded by aviation benchmarks both past and present, St. Charles Flying Service passes on the gift of flight to students with flight training for single and multiengine aircraft. From light sport to airline transport pilot, the facility's certified instructors help mold the pilots of tomorrow, who may also take advantage of open-enrollment ground courses.