Every time a bell rings, an airplane pilot laughs at the implausibility of the television show Wings. Experience the friendly skies from the air instead of your TV set with today's Groupon: for $49, you get an introductory flight lesson from the New Flyers Association (a $99 value). New Flyers is based out of Ohio State University's airport.
You'll get an hour of one-on-one time with one of New Flyers' experienced flight instructors. He or she will walk you through a pre-flight inspection of the plane and explain the basics of flight and communication with birds before you embark on a 30- to 40-minute soar into the sky. During your flight, you'll master controls and tickle the underbellies of clouds while gazing down upon a Columbus you've never seen, a motley medley of building tops and automotive traveling machines. A lesson like this could happify the holidays of a cousin who insists he was a pterodactyl in a former life or a lonesome ostrich that's always lurking around your trash compactor. Instructors are available days, evenings, and weekends.
New Flyers Association
The nonprofit New Flyers Association empowers Central Ohio student aviators to improve their soaring skills under the tutelage of certified flight instructors. Whether taking off for the first time on an introductory flight or logging hours in pursuit of a Sport, Private, or Instrument Pilot license, pupils experience the freedom of winged travel aboard such flying machines as N566FD, a Flight Design CTLS. The association makes its nest in hangar A-10 at The Ohio State University’s Don Scott Airport, a general aviation airport that allows students to learn fundamentals in a professional environment that's safer than jumping from the top bunk bed.