Staring at the sky can be inspiring, especially if the Dalai Lama’s skywriter just flew by. Soar closer to meaningful messages with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
$89 for a 90-minute discovery flying lesson (a $179 value)
- Lesson includes 45 minutes of ground school and 45 minutes in the air, touring the Coachella Valley in a two-seat Cessna 162 aircraft as an introduction to the pilot-certification process.
- Students fly the aircraft under direct supervision of a certified instructor, recording their flight time in their logbook and learning to use the plane’s control panel.<p>
$89 for a 90-minute aerobatic discovery flying lesson (a $179 value) * Basic aerobatic discovery flights begin with 45 minutes of ground school before students don safety parachutes and take off on a 45-minute flight in a blue, two-seat Citabria aircraft that flies 5,000 feet above the Salton Sea. * Seated next to their instructor, students feel what it’s like to defy gravity in a plane that performs loops, barrel rolls, and other exciting maneuvers.<p>
For an extra $20, either option can be upgraded to a larger aircraft that seats four passengers, allowing up to two spectators on the flight.<p>
JacksonAir Flight Training
The sky above the Coachella Valley is often sunny and clear. The cloudless conditions make it easy to pick out a small aircraft as it materializes out of a mountain range on the horizon, then corkscrews and performs a grand loop-the-loop before heading home to the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport. The shiny blue Citabria plane is the resident aerobatic aircraft at JacksonAir Flight Training. The company's owner, Scott Mourhess, who dreamed of G-forces and airborne antics as a little boy, now oversees a fleet of no fewer than six aircraft used to train commercial and private pilots.
Scott and his fellow FAA-certified flying instructors occupy prime aviation real estate. The skies above their Thermal airport often draw pilots from other flight schools in the Palm Springs region, who flock to the area for the ideal practice conditions and absence of lines at sky tollbooths. The veteran instructors also take novice pilots on 20- to 30-minute flights that introduce them to the excitement being in a cockpit and the thrill of flying.