From catapulting flaming soldiers over castle walls to sitting on active geysers, humans have long been fixated on flying through the air. Absorb the wonderment of flight in a holiday setting with today’s Groupon: for $90, you get a helicopter Christmas light tour of Boise for up to three people from Silverhawk Aviation Academy (up to a $150 value). Tours depart from Western Aircraft at the Boise Airport and run from December 17, 2010, to January 1, 2011.
This seasonal chopper tour takes flight from the Boise Airport, giving riders a sweeping overhead view of downtown Boise’s glittering skyline before launching toward the city’s festively lit Idaho Botanical Garden. During your 15 minutes of air time, one of Silverhawk Aviation Academy’s fully certified pilots will guide your metal chariot across a procession of twinkling bulbs, pointing out the vibrantly colored neighborhoods and floating serenely above the Idaho State Capitol building. Gather a few festive friends or make it a romantic flight for two, and experience Boise’s most lavishly decorated mansions, gardens, and misplaced Latvian Parliament buildings from up high with today's Groupon to Silverhawk Aviation Academy.
Silverhawk Aviation’s owner, Catherine Rad Weber, built a school not only to teach people how to fly, but to learn to love their wings as well. Her comprehensive curriculum challenges students to fly at high altitudes, in different weather conditions, and over diverse terrain, training helicopter pilots who will be comfortable in the cockpit anywhere in the world. The program includes hands-on experience in caring for the rides, moving them in and out of hangars, and safely washing them without getting soap in their eyes.
Whether training or touring, visitors receive eyefuls of southern Idaho’s diverse geological features. The helicopters surmount rugged mountains, speed over mesas and high deserts, and ride air currents above rivers that wind their way into deep canyons. Apart from stunning the brain’s beauty receptors, this splendor provides a natural obstacle course against which more experienced pilots test their skill, zipping around rock spires or hopping the feet of their craft neatly through pristine fields of tire plants.
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