Washington International Flight Academy


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In a Nutshell

Pilot an aircraft on a half-hour discovery flight; the romantic flight displays the sunset at up to 3,000 feet above northern Maryland

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Promotional value expires Dec 26, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required; subject to availability. Must be 16 or older. Must sign waiver. New students only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Early man's attempts at flying included sewing feathers onto his arms or trying to harpoon a passing comet. Learn to fly the new-fashioned way with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $72 for a 30-minute discovery flight and 30 minutes of ground instruction (a $145 value)
  • $199 for a romantic flight for two (a $420 value)

After 30 minutes of on-ground instruction, FAA-certified flight instructors join guests as they hop behind the controls of a Cessna 172 and pilot it up to 2,500 feet into the air before coming down for a safe landing. Meanwhile, couples leave piloting to the pros on 30- to 40-minute romantic flights, where they can enjoy wine and chocolate as they climb up to 3,000 feet and peer over northern-Maryland scenery at sunset.

Washington International Flight Academy

For more than 20 years, the FAA-certified flight instructors at Washington International Flight Academy have safely guided pupils skyward and imbued them with the skills necessary for numerous licenses and certifications. Under an instructor's watchful eye, guests control a Cessna 172 on a 30-minute airborne trek during discovery flights, which can later be applied toward courses for a private or commercial pilot’s license with optional multiengine rating. A commercial pilot’s license qualifies more seasoned flyers for instructor certification, where they learn how to teach essentials, including how to tell the difference between a landing airplane and a diving roc.

Along with in-depth courses, Washington International Flight Academy accommodates patrons with rentals of its massive fleet, charts and piloting supplies from its fully stocked shop, and lodging for out-of-state students.

Customer Reviews

Great experience with a great instructor. Getting my PPL is still out of my reach financially, but going up is always both refreshing and a learning experience. Will do it again soon.
Sean T. · March 8, 2017
Paul Kim did a great job as a flight instructor/Intro Course
Rafael F. · March 6, 2017
Great experience !
Desire B. · February 28, 2017
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    7940 Airpark Rd.

    Hangar M

    Gaithersburg, Maryland 20879


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