Early man's attempts at flying included sewing feathers onto his arms and scaling mountain peaks in order to cling to the underbellies of passing comets. Learn to fly the new-fashioned way with today's Groupon: for $129, you get a flight lesson at Orange County Flight Center in Santa Ana (a $275 value).
Orange County Flight Center's FAA-certified instructors launch novice pilots safely into the sky with flight lessons. Students begin in the brick-and-mortar flight school, where teachers versed in the Skyroamers curriculum impart basic knowledge of plane instruments and functions. Pupils then hop into the cockpit of a single-engine Cessna or Piper plane for an hour of in-flight training, taking the controls, revving the engine, and practicing propeller sound effects as they climb 2,000 feet into the atmosphere. Upon cresting the clouds, high fliers swoop over the Southern California coast while honing navigation skills under the copilot's watchful eye.
Orange County Flight Center's lesson whets appetites for adventure in the wild blue yonder, and allows prospective pilots to test their mettle and pilot jokes before beginning the journey toward FAA certification. Technicians scrupulously inspect air chariots at the onsite maintenance center to ensure safe expeditions.
Orange County Flight Center
As an FAA-approved Flight School, Orange County Flight Center prepares aspiring pilots to handle aircraft of all sizes, from private Cessnas to commercial jets. They employ a mix of classroom time, actual flight hours, and simulator training to increase their students' aerial aptitude, following the Skyroamers syllabi to the letter. Each new certification builds on the one before it, allowing private pilots to earn commercial licenses, multi-engine ratings, or even become instructors themselves.
Once licensed, students get to opportunity to return to their alma mater to rent aircraft for private excursions. Available vehicles include a selection of Cessnas, a pair of Pipers, and a twin-engined 1976 Beechcraft Duchess.