Humans have long sought a way to fly, from Daedalus’s wax wings to Leonardo’s proto-helicopters to Benjamin Franklin’s daily inhalation of helium. Conquer a fully realized method of aerial exploration with today’s Groupon: for $68, you get a discovery-flight package from NexGen Aviation (a $136.50 total value). The package includes:
- A 30-minute discovery flight with an instructor (a $71.50 value)
- Two hours of ground training (a $50 value)
- A logbook (a $15 value)<p>
Flights take off from Lexington Blue Grass Airport.
Having racked up more than 1,600 hours of flight instruction, NexGen Aviation co-owner and chief flight instructor Brandon Morton and his team expertly lead cloud-splitting novices to confident gravity defiance with scenario-based flight training. As patrons soar through the sky and enjoy aerial views of the University of Kentucky campus during the discovery flight, they can learn and execute basic aircraft maneuvers with the guidance of a certified pilot. With ground training, landlubbers’ minds are readied for the private pilot written test and the Top Gun trivia oral test required for further airborne antics. During two classroom hours, instructors will discuss technical topics such as the certificates and documents required by the FAA and federal aviation regulations. Students will also receive a logbook they can use to keep track of fly-time hours.
As a boy, Brandon Morton indulged his fascination with airplanes and flying by going to every aviation show he could. Today, with more 5,000 hours of flight time—including more than 2,300 hours of flight instruction—he shares his passion for flying at NexGen Aviation where he works alongside co-owner and accomplished jet pilot Dale Gillispie, who has more than 25 years of flying experience.
From Bluegrass Field Airport, Brandon and Dale maintain a fleet of Diamond and Cirrus aircrafts for single-engine training and a Beech Duchess for multi-engine training—each highly engineered aircrafts that boast solid safety statistics. It is also here that the owners and their fellow instructors teach students through a blend of theoretical classroom work and hands-on scenario training. Through these courses, they prepare aspiring pilots to apply for their private, commercial, or professional pilot license. Further services range from sightseeing flights and aircraft sales and management to tutorials on how to properly fold a paper airplane.