What You'll Get
In the wild, baby airplanes must learn to fly themselves, usually when the mothers stop feeding them engine parts and push them out of their giant nests. Earn your wings with today’s Groupon: for $45, you get an introductory flight lesson with St. Charles Flying Service at the St. Charles County Airport Smartt Field in Portage des Sioux (an $89 value).
An FAA-approved flight school that began giving instruction in 1968, St. Charles Flying Service gives future wingmen and women the instruction and tools to chase down their airborne dreams. For the introductory flight lesson, a four-seater airplane will double as a private classroom for two elucidatory 30-minute sections. The first half consists of instruction, flight prep, and a quick review of enemy coordinates. Once the hotshot is up to speed, he or she will slip the surly bonds of gravity with a certified FAA flight instructor riding shotgun and providing tips, tricks, and extra pedaling power. After landing, the pilot will receive a post-flight debriefing and have the opportunity to ask any questions, such as “How did I do?” and “What uncanny wizardry gives man the power of flight?”
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Sep 26, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required; subject to availability. 24hr cancellation notice required. Must be 16 or older. Height and weight restrictions apply. New customers only. Tax included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About St. Charles Flying Service
At one time, St. Charles Flying Service's airport was a training base for World War II pilots during the early 1940s. Today, several vintage WWII aircraft still call the facility home, as does Boeing, which utilizes the grounds to test its own planes for modern-day military operations. Surrounded by aviation benchmarks both past and present, St. Charles Flying Service passes on the gift of flight to students with flight training for single and multiengine aircraft. From light sport to airline transport pilot, the facility's certified instructors help mold the pilots of tomorrow, who may also take advantage of open-enrollment ground courses.