Early man's attempts at flying included sewing feathers onto his arms and scaling mountain peaks in order to cling to the underbellies of passing comets. Learn to fly the new-fashioned way with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a 20-minute discovery flight lesson at Spirit Aviation in Thomson (a $99 value). This Groupon expires August 13, 2011.
Spirit Aviation inspires and educates amateur aviators, giving students in-flight experience behind the console of a brand new, state-of-the-art Cessna aircraft. The 20-minute discovery flight lets budding aerialists work one-on-one with a personal instructor, who will guide students through preflight inspection, taxiing to the runway, and sweet-talking surly seatbelts. After making final preflight checks, sky-students, with instructor assistance, will take off, then sit back and enjoy the 20-minute flight.
During flights, pilots will guide you through basic flying procedures and hand over supervised control of the Cessna during flight for brief periods of time, depending entirely on your level of comfort. Aerialists can take in the Thomson, Reynolds Plantation, and Lake Oconee resort areas from the sky, or shout encouragement to struggling seagulls. After assisting on landings, students can regale friends with stories from their sky-jog in Spirit's antebellum-style terminal, complete with pilot lounge.