Tailwheels, Etc.

Winter Haven

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In a Nutshell

  • Accompanied by expert pilot
  • On-ground safety instruction
  • Control plane in air
  • 1940 biplane

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Nov 2, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1/person, may buy 1 add'l. as a gift. Limit 1/visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation req'd.; subject to availability. Must be 10 or older. 250lb weight max. Must be able to fasten seatbelt and be able to take 2 foot vertical step. Weather permitting flights only. Tax included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Flying is a lot like having a staring contest: even with utter concentration, you’ll never be better at it than birds. Go toe-to-beak with our winged companions with today's Groupon to Tailwheels Etc. in Winter Haven. Choose between two options:

  • For $35, you get a 30-minute discovery flight (a $75 value).
  • For $187, you get a 30-minute flight in a 1940 Stearman biplane (up to a $395 value).

Tailwheels Etc. hands cloud connoisseurs the keys to the heavens with flight school and sky-sampling programs. The discovery-flight option provides an intro flight lesson with an experienced, certified pilot. After going over the basics of radio communication and going over thorough safety instructions, aerial experts handle landing and takeoff. Once aloft, greenhorn aerialists can take the controls, affording the chance to tailgate migrating geese or settle into a passing comet's slipstream. Options for discovery-flight aircraft include the Piper Warrior or the Cessna Skyhawk (model 172).

Or, throw on a jaunty scarf, goggles, and devil-may-care toupee to experience the thrill of an open-cockpit 1940 Stearman biplane. Once they're up in the air, participants get their hands on the controls to skim around air currents and elucidate the Stearman's nickname, "The Barnstormer." Pilots seeking perspective on fluffy hills and rolling clouds have the option to relinquish controls for expert-piloted loops and rolls.

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
What a great experience! Captain Rick was very good. My son enjoyed the ride! Definitely would recommend!
Christine F. · March 23, 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
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    3000 21st St. NW

    Winter Haven, Florida 33881

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