When fall 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 $150, you get a two-hour flying lesson at Hayward Flight, located at the Hayward Airport (a $285 value).
Over the course of two hours, Hayward Flight's FAA-certified instructors will start you off with one hour of ground training, including 30 minutes in a flight simulator, before taking to the sky. One-hour flight instruction includes 40 minutes spent among the clouds in a Cessna, during which you may fly solo, or bring up to two friends for optimum harmonizing while singing Danger Zone (call 510-259-0824 for weight limit details). While zipping through the air, take a cloud's-eye gander at the Bay Area's scenic views. 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. Prior to boarding the airborne chariot, you must fill out a release of liability form.
After your sky voyage, you'll receive a first-flight certificate of completion along with an e-mailed photo, just right for hanging on the wall or nailing to the refrigerator. Call at least 72 hours in advance to schedule a lesson, schedule subject to availability.
Five Yelpers give Hayward Flight an average of 4.5-stars:
- The environment is good for studying, and instructor is more than qualified. – Dominic K., 5/10/09
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.