Pilots are the cowboys of the air, roaming the wide-open skies and herding children's runaway balloons. Giddy up, up, and away with today's Groupon: for $89, you get a 75-minute flight lesson from Toronto Airways & Canadian Flight Academy (a $183 value). Choose between the following locations: Toronto Buttonville Municipal Airport in Markham or Oshawa Municipal Airport.
Drawing on 40 years of experience, Toronto Airways & Canadian Flight Academy launches the careers of pro pilots and recreational fliers with hands-on flight instruction. A 75-minute introductory flying lesson includes 45 minutes in the air and 30 minutes of pre- and post-flight briefings on the ground or in hammer space. After the initial briefing, veteran flight instructors take off with students in a Cessna 152 airplane for a primer on reading instruments and basic flying techniques. During the flight, students steer the Cessna, heeding the instructor's guidance as they direct the throttle and take in majestic views from the cockpit. Knowledgable aeronauts answer questions and reveal aviation mysteries, such as how to judge altitudes and which clouds contain star coins.
Canadian Flight Academy
Canadian Flight Academy's seven master instructors train students of all skill levels on the complexities of fixed-wing flight inside one of four types of aircraft such as a Cessna or Piper Cherokee. Pilots are born from the 52-hour ground school, which covers everything from meteorology to air law. In addition to teaching basic flight lessons, the instructors impart their knowledge in more advance topics such as instrument ratings, multi-engine ratings, airline transport, and what to do when an eagle falls in love with your plane. Six licensed mechanics combine their 65 combined years of experience when tending to aircraft with their maintenance services, and online planning references help captains prepare for take offs.