Airplanes are thrilling and majestic to watch, especially when they’re shredding through vengeful, murderous clouds. Be a vapor gaper with this Groupon.
$99 for a Flight-Lesson Package ($198 Total Value)
- Pre- and postflight ground instruction (a $40 value)
- 30 minutes of instruction in a Redbird flight simulator (a $60 value)
- 30 minutes of in-aircraft flight instruction (a $98 value). Students sit alongside their instructor and are allowed to work the controls under supervision as the plane flies over the Pioneer Valley, the Quabbin Reservoir, Mount Sugarloaf, and the Connecticut River.
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.