There are better ways to learn to fly than conversing with geese or agreeing to a parachute-less tandem jump with R & B singer R. Kelly. Soar safely with today's Groupon: for $170, you and a companion get a two-hour introductory flying lesson (a $350 value) at Skytrekker Aviation, lifting off from the Palo Alto Airport.
Certified flight instructor and former commercial pilot Sue Ballew educates hopeful aviators with an enthusiastic and responsive pedagogical style aboard an advanced single-engine Piper or Cessna plane. The experience opens with an orientation in aircraft features and preflight inspection, followed by an initiation into the techniques of taxiing, takeoff, and Bermuda Triangle evasion. While only one student takes the controls for the ensuing 40-minute flight, both can enjoy a flying-fish's-eye view of the Bay Area, soaring over Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge on the buoyant tide of the instructor's encouragement. Students interested in earning their wings after the introductory flight can also get more information on flight certification courses, including cost, scheduling, and a breakdown of courses. Your Groupon also gets you six free issues of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's AOPA Flight Training magazine, a six-month trial AOPA membership, and an instructional DVD.
- I've flown almost exclusively with Sue and have seen my flying skills really improve. Sue's a great instructor and I continue to go up and around the Bay with her! – Joe, Yahoo! Local
- Through personal experience, Ballew discovered just how important a good instructor is when learning to fly. – Mary Knipple, Coastviews
1901 Embarcadero Rd.
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