There are few things as liberating as being able to fly, which is why humans invented airplanes and why penguins constantly try to sabotage them by climbing into their jet engines. Feel the freedom of the skies with today’s Groupon: for $189, you get a flight lesson for two (a $390 value) at San Carlos Flight Center in San Carlos.
FAA–certificated pilots and flight instructors draw upon classroom training and individualized instruction to guide aspiring aviators into the azure skies above the San Francisco Bay. During one-hour flights, students take off from San Carlos Airport, absorb the landscape's beautiful views as they buzz over mountains, witness bald eagles' parliamentary proceedings, and look down over the Golden Gate Bridge. Under the instructor's safe supervision, one person can take the wheel and steer the plane, though a turn at the controls for both students requires an additional fee to cover a second landing, takeoff, and cargo hold filled with peanuts.
San Carlos Flight Center
The team of FAA-certified pilots at San Carlos Flight Center opens up the world of aviation to aspiring pilots and sightseers. During comprehensive flight instruction, the team teaches pupils the skills needed to operate flight controls, land, take off, and keep seagulls from mistaking the plane as their king. Training sessions include everything from private pilot certification to specialty and advanced training. High-tech simulators such as the Xwind help burgeoning aerialists get their bearings before soaring the skies in a Cessna suited for training. To share bird's-eye vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge, coastal cliffs, and the city of San Francisco huddled up against the blue Bay, the crew also offers aerial tours.