Adept aerialists know to never forget their bomber jackets and billowing scarves when leaping off the garage roof with an umbrella. Kick the sky with today's Groupon: for $99, you get the Aviation Exploration Experience introductory flight lesson from Orlando Gateway Sport Pilot Aviation Center in Kissimmee (a $199 value).
Orlando Gateway Sport Pilot Aviation Center's expert aviators groom aspiring pilots for flight in its sparkling fleet of meticulously maintained, FAA-approved light sport aircrafts. The two-hour Aviation Exploration Experience, including 30-40 minutes of flight time, commences in the facility's hangar with a preflight inspection and tutorial from a certified flight instructor before a convoy of plastic parachuters signal it’s time to take to the skies. Securely seated next to an ace aerialist a few hundred feet above ground, passengers can man the controls at their leisure, steering the slim sky-skipper over such Central Floridian hallmarks as Old Town, Downtown Disney, and the Magic Kingdom. Shutterbugs can capture the striking low-altitude landscapes with their cameras before safely coasting into Kissimmee Gateway Airport. Licensed pilots will be on hand back at Orlando Gateway's hangar, amicably doling out tips on acquiring your own license and crafting makeshift flight goggles from old jelly jars.
Orlando Gateway Sport Pilot Aviation Center
Orlando Gateway Sport Pilot Aviation Center's Ramon Gil's first encountered the spectacle of aerial navigation at an early age, when his family lived near an airport. It was love at first sight. Since then, Ramon has become a flight director and works with student pilots. His partner, Roger Frechette, has logged more than 5,000 hours of flight time since he took to the skies back in the 1960s. Together they have gathered a team of experienced instructors to help spread their love of cloud wrangling and maintain a fleet of meticulously cared-for, FAA-approved aircrafts, including Cessnas and Tecnam Bravo. From their base at Kissimmee Gateway Airport, the pilots lead sport-pilot-training flights, and their crafts carry pairs of sightseers over the area's most beloved landmarks, such as Disney World and Old Town Orlando.
3952 Merlin Drive
Kissimmee, Florida 34771