Pilots are the cowboys of the air, roaming the wide-open skies and herding children's runaway balloons. Giddy up, up, and away with this Groupon.
$99 for an Introductory-Flight Pilot Adventure ($250 Value)
Ninety minutes of ground instruction before and after the 30-minute flight teach the essentials of manning an aircraft, explain the important parts of a plane, and include a tour of the facility. After a preflight practice run, an instructor flies students into the clouds and hands over the controls of the plane, giving protégés hands-on flying experience. Should students wish to continue their education, their flying time can be logged toward pilots’ licenses.
Since Darrell Sawyer founded Sawyer Aviation, LLC in 1961, they have graduated more than 6,000 pilots, some of whom went on to become Air Force One captains. As a Cessna Pilot Center, Sawyer Aviation’s flight academy shapes up aspiring aviators with on-ground instruction that incorporates virtual tools and interactive programs, preparing students to climb aboard a Cessna aircraft’s Garmin G300 glass cockpit. Although the center’s veteran pilots guide their protégés to licenses in private piloting, commercial flying, and magic-carpet wrangling, they also offer discovery flights that get students up in the sky without requiring any commitment to continue their education. Aside from pilot instruction, Sawyer Aviation also manages plane sales and introduces visitors to the clouds during private chartered flights.