From catapulting flaming soldiers over castle walls to sitting on active geysers, humans have long been fixated on flying through the air. Absorb the wonderment of flight with today’s Groupon: for $85, you get a 25- to 30-minute introductory flight lesson, an hour of ground school, and a "Love at First Flight" T-shirt (a $150 total value) at Northampton Airport.
The flight instructors at Northampton Airport transform land-trodders into seasoned pilots with an on-ground training school and in-air flight experiences. Instructors give one-on-one personal attention to future flyboys and flygirls during a one-hour ground lesson, which includes a tour of the airport facilities as well as a rundown of aircraft systems, navigation, basic aerodynamics, communication, and intercom faux pas. On-ground training is applied to real-life situations in a 25- to 30-minute flight in a Gobosh G700S light sport aircraft, a plane with supreme aerodynamics, high performance, good handling, and scintillating conversational skills. First-time fliers enjoy spectacular views of the Pioneer Valley, including the Quabbin Reservoir, Mount Sugarloaf, and the Connecticut River, and are allowed to do as much or as little of the flying as they want. After the flight, freshly trained plane operators jump into a single, communal T-shirt with the words "Love at First Flight" written on it.
When visitors enter Northampton Airport for piloting lessons or sightseeing flights, the FAA-certified instructors are eager to give tours of the facility. During such tours they often like to rehash the former barnstorming center's history since its 1929 inception. They might detail Charles Lindbergh's thrilling descent into the airport, or point visitors toward the southern and western horizons where the Holyoke and Berkshire mountain ranges bask in the fading sunlight.
Today, the partially solar-powered Northampton Airport is a fully modernized aviation center that boasts a community charm as well as a baggage carousel that's pulled by unicorns. The impressive rental fleet of Cessna and Piper aircraft land and take off backgrounded by the lush scenery and sparkling Connecticut River that flows parallel to the runway.
160 Old Ferry Rd.
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