What You'll Get
The human obsession with flight stems from a refusal to accept limitations and an intense desire to finally move out of gravity's basement. Claim your own airspace with today's Groupon to Trade Winds Aviation. Choose from three options:
- For $125, you get Private Pilot Ground classes (a $250 value).
- For $160, you get an Economy Flight package (a $379 value).
- For $180, you get an Executive Flight package (a $429 value).
Highly qualified instructors teach eager pilot pupils to scale the skies in private planes at Trade Wind Aviation, a Cessna Pilot Center and FAA–certified flight school. During the Private Pilot Ground classes, aspiring pilots attend 12 weeknight classes with up to 14 other students to prepare for the FAA written-knowledge test and to perfect their paper-UFO-making skills. The classes meet once a week and run 6 p.m.–9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. The flight packages begin with 20 minutes of ground instruction before embarking on 40 minutes of private flight instruction, hovering in the atmosphere and finally experiencing how it would feel to be a gigantic titanium sparrow. With the Economy Flight package, students soar above the earth in a two-seat Light Sport aircraft, and with the Executive Flight package, pupils enter the celestial sphere aboard a four-seat Cessna 172 and are allowed to bring along a sidekick for an additional $40.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Aug 15, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1/person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1/visit. Valid only for option purchased. 24hr cancel notice for Executive and Economy Flight Package options. 1-week cancel notice for Private Pilot Ground class option. Must be 18 or older. Subject to weather. Subject to health requirements. Lessons and packages are non-transferable. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Trade Winds Aviation
It was a clear afternoon in Mission, British Columbia, when Walter Gyger climbed into his friend's Cessna 172. He’d spent his childhood constructing model airplanes and dreaming of stepping into the pilot's seat of a real one. The two lifted off, the ground dropping smoothly away, and soared on into the evening, finally touching down on Vancouver Island. That experience spurred Walter on to seek out his pilot license. Years later, after taking classes at Trade Winds Aviation, he bought the company. Walter now works with a team of FAA-certified flight instructors to give budding pilots that same push he received to pursue the dream of flying and pilot certification.
Trade Winds two-runway Reid-Hillview airport and adjacent training area sit surrounded by ridges splashed with watercolor blotches of green, which pilots-in-training survey from wide cockpit windows as they follow the official Cessna training program. Students set their own pace as they progress through lessons in cross-country flight, night flying, and navigation, all augmented by online training, practical flight sessions, and heckling from birds. When not guiding pupils through the valley's consistently clear skies, the staff help maintain Trade Winds' fleet of Cessna and Remos aircraft, many of which have features such as satellite radio, autopilot, GPS maps, and spare commas for absent-minded skywriters.