Flying is a lot like having a staring contest: even with utter concentration, you’ll never be better at it than birds. Go toe-to-beak with our winged companions with today's Groupon: for $129, you get a night-flying training tour for one pilot trainee and up to two guests from Jacksonville Flight Training (a $280 value). Tours take off every night after 6 p.m.
Teamed with student fliers, the certified flight instructors at Jacksonville Flight Training lead sky-high tours of downtown Jacksonville that also count toward pilot-training time. During 20-minute preflight preparatory sessions, the trainer sizes up student fliers and up to two of their friends, frenemies, or spirit animals, and ensures that everyone is prepared to take wing. Aviators-in-progress rack up training time toward their eventual license, taking the helm for a 30-minute soar over Jacksonville’s sparkling evening skyline. With flights reaching up to 5,000 feet, passengers may spy a number of jewels in downtown’s crown, taking a bird-style peep at Independent Square, Bank of America Tower, and the roc nests atop Hart Bridge.
Jacksonville Flight Training
Wanting to fly to the beat of a different drummer, a couple of flight instructors decided in 2009 to start their own training center and teach the skills their unique way. They laid the groundwork for their new business with cutting-edge safety features such as aircrafts boasting airbags and innovative weather and traffic advisories. Additionally, the duo acknowledges that cost often keeps those with sky-bound ambitions grounded, so they work with individuals to find an affordable training plan. Besides their pilot programs, the owners make their Cirrus aircraft and bundles of helium-filled balloons available for rent.