Humans have been mimicking birds for centuries, as evidenced by cave paintings depicting people bathing publicly in shallow puddles of water. Become free as a flamingo with today’s Groupon to TakeWing in Creswell. Choose between the following options:
- For $99, you get a one-hour sport-pilot FirstStep flying lesson (a $198 value).
- For $125, you get a two-hour private-pilot FirstStep flying lesson (a $259 value).
TakeWing’s FirstStep training programs let aspiring aviators take flight with full-service instruction and actual airtime. Led by a certified, friendly staff, the aeronautical education begins on solid ground with a lesson in basic aerodynamics, airport operations, preflight plane preparation, and beating boastful geese in sky races.
For the second half of the lesson, Lindberghs-in-training board a real flying machine for hands-on practice starting and taxiing before launching the aircraft into the wild blue yonder. Students the sport-pilot program man a two-seat light-sport aircraft, and students in the private-pilot program operate a larger four-place Cessna Skyhawk. Each plane is equipped with two sets of controls, so neophyte pilots can observe the instructor or practice maneuvers and aerial triple lutzes. The rebellion against gravity is immortalized with digital photos snapped midair and is further commemorated with a sparkling-cider reception, certificate, and logbook presented upon return to Earth.