Before the invention of aircraft, early humans depended on trained birds to shuttle transatlantic packages and procure new issues of SkyMall. Celebrate high-flying independence with today's Groupon: for $70, you get a Glenn Curtis discovery flight from Mint Air (up to a $150 value), located at the Greenville Downtown Airport.
Mint Air distinguishes itself from the majority of American flight schools by utilizing the Flight Design CT line of light sport aircraft, which features safety specifications and technologies ordinarily only available on commercial planes. The 30-minute discovery flight takes stratospheric scouts up to 25 nautical miles from the airport, while a seasoned instructor mans the controls and illustrates basic principles of piloting and airborne superhero heckling. After soaring successfully, students receive a complimentary pilot's logbook and certificate of completion, ideal for tossing in gravity's face.
A former United States Navy fighter pilot with more than 30 years experience, chief flight instructor Cecil Tune personally selects each new member of Mint Air's staff. These handpicked educators parachute out of their offices and welcome pupils aboard a Flight Design CTLS, the company's primary training aircraft. The German-manufactured planes enclose pilots in a full-glass cockpit, allowing for unencumbered views while soaring above rolling foothills on discovery flights or certification programs. Combined with the school's ground instruction, the flight training can secure the sport, private, or commercial licenses required to finally patronize the world's floating drive-thrus. Mint Air's crew also manages and sells planes.