The human obsession with flight stems from a refusal to accept limitations and an intense desire to find out which of your neighbors secretly have pools. Put your eyes in the skies with this Groupon.
$99 for One Introductory Helicopter Flight-Training Package ($199 Value)
Each package includes a tour of the facility and a preflight briefing followed by 20 minutes inside the company’s FAA-approved FlyIt flight simulator. Then students embark on a 20-minute flight inside a Schweizer 300 helicopter with a licensed instructor. While airborne, the pupil will be able to take control of the aircraft intermittently, including during an off-airport landing. Students head home with their own T-shirt and personal log book.
An FAA-certified flight school, Precision Helicopters welcomes aspiring pilots to earn their wings under instruction from real-world pilots. Though a helicopter outfit by name, the company actually operates a fleet of both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, which are put to use during training and tours. Training programs start with introductory Learn to Fly programs and progress up to full FAA licensing at Chehalem Airpark—which the company owns, though it rarely brags about it at parties. When not training new generations of pilots, Precision Helicopters whisks passengers aloft for tours of Oregon’s wine country, mountains, and rugged coastline and often deploys its choppers for services ranging from aerial photo and video shoots to law-enforcement surveillance.