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.
$169 for a Scenic Coast and Sonoma Valley Airplane Tour with Mimosas for Two ($352 Value)
Accomplished commercial pilots and aviation enthusiasts loft passengers over stunning California coastal views and western Sonoma County, allowing eyes to imbibe the vineyards, orchards, and estates below. With mountains dappled on the horizon, tours also flaunt panoramic views of San Francisco, Oakland, North Bay, and the bridges that keep them from drifting into the ocean. Guests enjoy mimosas from Two Niner Diner, a cozy restaurant located at the airfield. Thought not included with this Groupon, customers can enjoy a post-flight meal at the diner, such as the grilled pastrami and cheese sandwich, or the California burger, which loads a third-pound Angus patty with pepper jack cheese and avocado, served with a side such as fries, salad, or potato salad.
Heloventure founders can say they've probably seen the Golden Gate Bridge from above more often than they've seen it from below. That's because in 2010, the aviation-loving duo joined their piloting experience and passion for flight with the purchase of an R44 Clipper helicopter, which they now use to give area tours, hands-on introductory flight-instruction, and even aerial support for professional and amateur photographers. Heloventure was born with that acquisition, with the duo respectively having 20 years of piloting experience and 10 years of hands-on mechanic experience and organizing lessons and instruction.
Since its start, the business has expanded from commercial flights to performing scenic tours by helicopter and airplane that grant stunning panoramic views of the Pacific Coast and Napa and Sonoma wine region, while Mt. St. Helena. Mt. Diablo. and Mt. Tamalpias rise high above the endless valleys. For passengers who want even more control in their sky travel, Heloventure's flight-instruction program grants its students ground instruction and flight time in either a Robinson R-44 chopper or in a fixed-wing airplane. As students learn to properly pilot their aircraft, they get a gleam of the forces that drive pilots to do what they do, and they learn the dangers of decorating one's home only from in-flight shopping magazines.