JacksonAir Flight Training


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FAA-certified instructors execute loops, corkscrews & other tricks on aerobatic flights, or let students steer on 45-minute basic pilot less

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Promotional value expires Apr 25, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. 72-advance reservation required. Subject to availability. Must sign waiver. No smoking, food, or drink allowed on board. Must sign waiver. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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$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.

Customer Reviews

The owner and staff were very personable and professional.
Alan E. · July 16, 2013
The airport is clean, the waiting area very well kept and clean and the staff professional yet very engaging. You were made to feel at ease and comfortable the entire lesson. The entire experience exceeded all my expectations! Overall rating Excellent
Bridgette S. · June 13, 2013
Nice people, great experience. It is as good and better an experience than described.
Mack H. · June 13, 2013
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    86400 Lightning St.

    Thermal, CA 92274


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