Flying is a lot like having a staring contest: even with utter concentration, you’ll never be better at it than birds. Go toe-to-beak with our winged companions with today’s Groupon: for $139, you get a hands-on helicopter lesson from VERTEX Helicopters (a $280 total value). The lesson includes:
- Headset rental (a $10 value)
- Pilot logbook (a $10 value)
- One hour of ground and preflight instruction (a $60 value)
- Helicopter-awareness training and logbook SFAR 73 endorsement (a $50 value)
- 20 minutes of hands-on flight time (a $150 value)<p>
VERTEX Helicopters’ staff of FAA-certified flight instructors share years of civilian and military aviation experience with students to equip them with the skills required to maneuver a Robinson R-22 helicopter. After an in-depth hour of ground education and thorough pre-flight of the helicopter, aviators strap on a helicopter headset and take to the sky alongside their seasoned instructor. Students wrap their hands around and apply their feet to the controls as they negotiate the vessel through climbs, turns, and descents while hovering above the earth, high enough to spot the bald patch on the top of every hill. Once back on solid ground, pilots can opt to sharpen their newfound knowledge with the center’s more advanced flight courses.
Vertex Aviation Group
The blades of Vertex Aviation Group’s Schweizer, Bell, and Robinson helicopters slice the sky as their team of pilots carries passengers to and fro throughout the South. The pilots provide a wealth of services via their aerial vantage point, from surveying land and power lines to eradicating agricultural pests. Meanwhile, the company’s FAA-certified trainers teach budding pilots to helm helicopters through ground instruction and hands-on flights, a curriculum more effective than the original helicopter training, running around in a propeller hat.