The human obsession with flight stems from a refusal to accept limitations and an intense desire to find out which of your neighbors secretly have pools. Put your eyes in the skies with this Groupon.
$139 for a 45-Minute Introductory Flight ($250 Value)
Students take introductory flight instruction aboard a Cessna 172RG airplane or a Schweizer 300CBi helicopter depending on the option purchased. After 15 minutes of ground and preflight training, the FAA-certified instructor will explain procedures while steering the plane down the runway or preparing the chopper for liftoff. Once aloft and at a safe altitude, students take sole control of the aircraft for the full 30 minutes while the instructor keeps watch for safety.
United Aviation Academy
The licensed, FAA-certified instructors at United Aviation Academy employ a fleet of helicopters and airplanes that serve as airborne classrooms for students enrolled in instructional programs that range from introductory flights to full commercial-pilot certifications. Since the academy does not reside at a busy airport, students never have to wait for runway clearance before taking off and enjoying the magnificent views of the Hudson Valley from on high. On the ground, the academy grants its pilot's license candidates access to instruction, conference rooms, and offices for quiet study and uninterrupted experiments with paper airplane folding. The outfit's Redbird FMX flight simulator also allows for highly realistic earthbound practice within a fully enclosed cockpit, complete with more than 200 degrees of wraparound visuals and a wealth of training scenarios.