Unlike suits made of doves, planes provide reliable transportation without frequent stops at roadside suet feeders. Develop your airborne abilities without avian interference with today's Groupon: for $99, you get a discovery flight for two people (a $198 value) with Justice Aviation in Santa Monica. Justice Aviation outfits amateur sky sailors with the skills and knowledge necessary to safely navigate majestic air currents. During the discovery flight, both students will be enlightened on the basics of aviation by one of Justice's certified Cessna instructors, who, together, have more than 2,500 hours of flight time under their gravity-defying belts. After takeoff, instructors hand over the yoke to eager pupils, who spend a total of 20 to 25 minutes perfecting basic in-flight maneuvers before trading seats with their lessonmate to enjoy a cloud's-eye view of the Los Angeles coast. Discovery flights offer a solid foundation for those seeking a full pilot's license or provide an opportunity to find frisbees lost atop neighboring homes. Participants should arrive at the Santa Monica Airport 15 minutes before their lesson to begin orientation, and can expect the entire aeronautical experience to last between 1.5 to two hours.
Owned and operated by an FAA examiner, Justice Aviation's flight academy has been launching students skyward since it was founded in 1991. Instructors with an average of 2,500 hours of flight time arrange their one-on-one lessons around students' schedules, and more advanced training programs prep pupils to become professional pilots and instructors. Based at Santa Monica airport, the hub also loans out aircrafts and amiable pterodactyls from its rigorously maintained and inspected fleet.