Tailwheels, Etc.

Lakeland Municipal Airport

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A certified pilot performs the takeoff and landing but hands over the controls in the air to teach students the fundamentals of flight

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Seeing the earth from an airplane gives you a new perspective on life, as does finding out you've been wearing your bifocals upside down. See the world right-side up from way up high with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $39 for a 30-minute discovery flight for one person in a two-seat plane (a $79.95 value)
  • $49 for a 30-minute discovery flight for one person in a four-seat plane (up to a $97.95 value)

Tailwheels, Etc.

Though their flight school has racked up some impressive recognition—including the prestigious 2012 President's Award from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)—John Amundsen and his Tailwheels, Etc. team eschew pomp and circumstance in favor of fun. According to Jill W. Tallman of Flight Training magazine, you won't "see flight instructors in epaulets. In the summertime, everybody wears shorts and T-shirts—instructors and students alike." The crew hosts weekly cookouts to promote a welcoming, social atmosphere and has created a community room where budding aviators can learn from private pilots and former military and airline pilots.

As Tallman reported, Amundsen meant to retire in Florida after his aviation career but now finds himself happily running the family business. His son Jonathan has been flying since the age of 2 and heads up the aircraft-maintenance department with the help of his wife—flight instructor and mechanic Liz Amundsen. The couple restored their 1940 Stearman Kaydet so people could experience the thrill of flying an open-cockpit biplane. Their infant son Riley is currently training for an aviation career by plotting flight paths for the airplane mobile above his crib.

Tailwheels, Etc. is one of the first flight schools in the country to be accredited by the Flight School Association of North America (FSANA). The school specializes in an accelerated, two-week private pilot-training program that gets students into the air quickly and safely.

Customer Reviews

Staff friendly, pilot super!
Elizabeth C. · March 31, 2013
Everyone that I dealt with at Tailwheels Etc. was very pleasant and professional. My son whom I bought the Groupon for, thoroughly enjoyed himself. Just be prepared to possibly have to reschedule a few times because of the weather.
Lawrence P. · March 4, 2013
This was insanely fun, going again in a few weeks so Sophie can fly a plane too! Highly recommend.
Chris H. · January 8, 2013
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    Lakeland Municipal Airport

    3131 Flightline Dr.

    Suite 205

    Lakeland, FL 33811

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