Flying is the only way to get close enough to a cloud to milk it or to visit your secret sky family. Bolster the bond earthly loved ones just don't understand with today's Groupon: for $175, you get a Discovery Helicopter flying lesson at Wesson Aviation at Anniston Metropolitan Airport in Anniston (a $350 value).
Wesson Aviation instructs amateur aeronauts in the arcane arts of aviation with a combination of technical instruction and hands-on experience. Requiring no prior flight training, the Discover Helicopter Flying Lesson puts the aviation curious at the controls of a Bell Jet Ranger, giving them the opportunity to get to know the aircraft through a combination of preflight instruction, aerial control time, and light but stimulating conversation. Pupils ages 16 and up spend 20 minutes on the ground with their instructor, becoming acquainted with the different parts of the helicopter and running through the comprehensive preflight checklist. During the 20-minute flight, students share the controls with their teacher, allowing for actual experience controlling the craft while cruising safely under the guidance of a certified pro. Novice pilots will practice takeoff, hovering, turning, climbing, and landing, putting the craft through its paces and inculcating a deep love of the machine that will endure even into the final, doomed days of the helicopter uprisings.
After landing, the instructor is available to answer any questions the student has about helicopters, getting a flying license, or how to casually incorporate piloting experience into pickup lines and unrelated job interviews. Students can bring one guest as a passenger, allowing a significant other or sky-loving friend to enjoy the thrills of flight while safely ensconced in the backseat. Feel free to bring a camera for postflight photo ops, and consult the FAQ section for more Discovery flight-related information.
The FAA–certified instructors at Wesson Aviation instill safe-flying habits in budding aviators, whether their aim is to casually jaunt through the clouds or to pursue a license for flying a plane, helicopter, or really large, specially folded piece of paper. No matter their aerial pursuit, pilots learn on modern and well-maintained equipment. The Bell Jet Ranger helicopter has flown about 1,400 hours and spoils students with modern avionic equipment, such as a Garmin GPS, radar altimeter, and heating and air conditioning—creature comforts to revel in when playing long hide-and-seek games with a stealth bomber. Students can also work toward their FAA pilot certification for private, commercial, or instructor flight at more than 200 miles per hour aboard the outfit’s twin-engine Beechcraft Baron airplane.: