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.
$125 for a Helicopter Flight-Training Experience ($250 Value)
Pilot hopefuls begin their flight training with a two-hour ground-school class that covers weather, piloting controls, and other topics. Students then learn to run preflight protocols on the flight ramp. After running through the systems checklist, students and their instructors take off in a two-seat Robinson R22 Beta II helicopter for a 24-minute flight soaring over a choice of scenic areas such as nearby mountains, the ocean, or forest landscapes. Buyers may choose to take the ground-school component the same day as the flight or on separate days, and the training also includes 15 minutes of flight-simulator time. Sessions are available on the first and third Saturdays of each month at 10 a.m.
In addition to flight-training experiences and flight lessons, Specialized Aviation's professional pilots guide thrill-seekers on exhilarating scenic tours of the skies. The 20-minute helicopter whale-watching tour offers splendid views of marine life—including blue, humpback, and gray whales—from well above the water line in Monterey Bay.