To fly is to be a bird without being terrorized by roving bands of teenage birds with pierced beaks and brass knuckles. Learn to fly freely with today's Groupon: for $125, you get 12 private-pilot ground lessons from Trade Winds Aviation (a $250 value), located at the Reid-Hillview Airport. Classes run weekly, and are available for the following dates:
- Tuesdays, 6 p.m.–9 p.m., from October 5, 2010 through December 13, 2010
- Mondays, (times TBA), from January 17, 2011 through April 3, 2011
- Mondays, (times TBA), from May 16, 2011 through August 1, 2011
Trade Winds’ experienced flight instructors teach budding pilots the fundamentals of defying gravity's notorious grapple, providing the information needed to pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) written knowledge test to become a private pilot. These three-hour weekly ground lessons will cover crucial topics such as airplane systems, aerodynamic principles, meteorology, navigation, conversations with clouds, and more.
Before taking to the friendly skies on a solo mission, pilots must be certified by the FAA by passing the knowledge and practical tests. With only 12 students per class, the Trade Winds Aviation ground course allows for individualized instruction, thoroughly preparing you to begin your transformation from penguin to eagle-riding penguin.
According to the FAA, you must be at least 17 years of age to obtain a private-pilot license.
Six Yelpers give Trade Winds Aviation a high-flying five-star average.
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.