Leonardo da Vinci’s attempts to create a flying machine were born out of his quest to conquer physics, seek innovation, and finally escape the hauntingly judgmental stare of the Mona Lisa. Flee earthly worries with today’s Groupon: for $299, you get helicopter flight training at Sterling Flight Training (a $599 total value).
From their hanger at Craig Airport, Sterling Flight Training's certified flight instructors instill wingless humans with the power of flight with safe, exhilarating helicopter flight instruction. Lessons commence with a cranium-stuffing hour of Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) ground training , as students learn sky-survival tips including safety procedures, equipment instruction, and which clouds are safe to eat (a $100 value). Aspiring pilots then join their seasoned instructors in the cockpit of a Robinson R-44, a single-engine chopper with two-bladed main and tail rotors, for a 30-minute introductory flight into the wild blue (a $470 value).
Chronicle midair experiences between the pages of a personal logbook with space to record flight data and dissect disquieting dreams about turning into a bird (a $9.95 value). Students can also don a Sterling Flight Training T-shirt emblazoned with designs calibrated to nattily commemorate first takeoffs and landings (a $19.95 value).