What You'll Get
When summer unfurls its wings and flaps languidly through the air, commandeer an aeroplane and pursue it into the sky, harpoon in hand. 'Tis the season for aerial antics with today's deal: for $180, you get a private flying tour (up to a $360 value) with Hayward Flight. All tours depart from Hayward Airport on Skywest Drive at either 12:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m., weather permitting. Each Groupon purchased covers two to three passengers.
Hayward Flight offers sightseeing services for the perennially scenic San Francisco waterfront. Over the course of one hour, fly solo or with up to two other passengers (normally $120 per person) in a Cessna 172 SP for a sentient cloud's-eye gander at the area's most notable landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, Alcatraz, the downtown skyline, really tall people, and more. Whether you're a seasoned local, new to the area, or hoping to treat out-of-town guests, all passengers will gain a new perspective from above, where it's finally possible to see the hidden patterns of famous presidents high-fiving each other strewn across the ground below.
All tours include flight-safety equipment and briefings, and experienced pilots conduct the flights with strict adherence to FAA laws and regulations. These efforts ensure a secure and enjoyable experience that's far preferable to a tour astride a giant seagull made out of lots of normal-sized seagulls that spends most of its time diving into the water to capture entire schools of fish. Prior to boarding the airborne chariot, all passengers must fill out a release of liability form. Call at least 72 hours in advance to schedule a tour.
Cancellations require at least 24 hours' notice. No smoking, food, or drink allowed, and total passenger weight must be below 575 pounds.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jul 20, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Valid for 2-3 passengers; combined weight limit of 575 lbs. No cash back. Reservation required 72 hrs in advance. No smoking, food, or drink allowed on board. Must complete a release of liability. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Hayward Flight
On a sunny afternoon, a small plane speeds down a runway and takes to the sky, its occupants gazing down at the streets of San Francisco, sailboats speeding through the bay, and the coppery sails of the Golden Gate Bridge. A small tour group or a student pilot sits in the belly of the plane, marveling at the thrill of flight.
Hayward Flight’s staff of FAA-certified instructors and pilots shares that experience with everyone—from young children to aspiring airline pilots—during scenic tours and private plane rentals. Pilot training classes emphasize sophisticated simulator practice and in-air flight, and students can earn private and commercial pilot licenses behind the controls of the Hayward’s fleet of Cessna aircraft and domesticated dragons.