Whether you’re new to aviation or you have 20 hours of flight time but haven’t flown in 10 years, this package is a great way to take to the sky!
$595 for a Flight-Training Package ($1,191 Value)
- Two flight sessions: Each instructor-led session will include a one-hour flight lesson in a Cessna 172 and 30 minutes of ground instruction (a $218.75 value per flight session)
- Two simulator sessions: Each instructor-led session will include a one-hour lesson in a flight simulator and 30 minutes of ground instruction (a $139.75 value per session)
- Five Private Pilot 101 classes (a $125 value)
- Cessna Web-Based Instruction Kit (a $349 value)
The Fine Print:
New clients only. Limit 1 package per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Package must be used as presented. (Package must be redeemed as 4 lessons and 5 classes – cannot break into smaller components.) All package components must be used by the same person. Reservations required for each lesson and are subject to availability and weather conditions. 24hr cancellation notice required. Passengers may ride along for an additional fee. Valid birth certificate or US passport must be provided for identification before flight. International flight students may require TSA clearance. All participants over 18 must sign waiver. Participants under 18 must have a legal guardian sign Air Associates’ paperwork/waiver. 425 lb. weight limit. Refunds not available for rides shortened due to motion sickness. Cessna Web-Based Instruction kits cannot be returned once opened.
Q. Do I need to take the Private Pilot 101 classes before completing my flight and simulator lessons?
A. Nope! We suggest that you immerse yourself in hands-on learning right away.
Here’s an example of the first steps you might like to take when redeeming your Groupon:
Give us a call to schedule your first simulator lesson. When you come in for your appointment, redeem your Groupon voucher and pick up your Cessna Web-Based Instruction (WBI) Kit. After your lesson, ask your Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) to help you choose which Private Pilot 101 classes you would like to take. Sign up for these classes and get your next flight lesson or simulator lesson on the schedule. When you get home, log in to your Cessna WBI account so you can brush up on the concepts learned during your first lesson.
Q. How do I know if I will like the Cessna Web-Based Instruction Kit?
A. Last year, we conducted a small online survey of our students and ALL of the students who used the kit found it helpful. Like most software and web-accessed programs, the kit cannot be returned, so please read about the kit here and then, take a free demo!
Q. Can I bring a friend? (Or two?) How much does it cost?
A. Sure! Well, probably. Our aircraft carry weight restrictions. As long as weight requirements are met, you can bring a buddy if flying in the Cessna 172. (If you decide to fly in the Cessna 162, your friend will have to ride outside on the wing. The 162 has two seats and can only accommodate you and the CFI.) Please let us know that you would like to bring a friend (or two) when make your flight appointment. The cost is $25 per additional passenger and must be paid at the time of service. Friends can attend Private Pilot 101 classes for $25 each.
Q. What does a Cessna 172 look like? How many 172’s do you have? How many seats does it have? Is there a popcorn machine?
A. A Cessna 172 Skyhawk looks like this, and this, and even this. Our fleet currently includes three C172’s with analog gauges. These planes have four seats. None of our planes currently feature popcorn machines (or sno-cone makers, for that matter) but they are still pretty spiffy. We’ve gotten lots of nice compliments over the years about how well-maintained our training aircraft are.
Q. What do I need to bring to my first flight lesson?
A. Bring your Groupon voucher (of course!) and a valid U.S. passport or birth certificate. Each participant (including extra passengers) must bring a current driver’s license. Participants under 18 need a Groupon Flight form signed by their legal guardian. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please call us to discuss TSA requirements. We also suggest bringing sunglasses since the sunshine can get pretty spectacular up there! Wear closed-toe shoes and dress appropriately for the weather, as you may spend some time outside on the ramp.
Q. Should I arrive early for my appointment?
A. Yes, please arrive 10-15 minutes early to fill out paperwork.
Q. Will I get motion sickness?
A. The majority of people do not get sick. If you have struggled with motion sickness in the past, we suggest mentioning this on the day of your appointment. The Certified Flight Instructor can take this into account when planning the flight path or making go/no-go weather decisions. Some people find that ginger provides non-drug relief of their symptoms. Sea Band ginger gum is one of many ginger-based options. Eating a large, heavy meal before your flight is not recommended, nor is flying on a completely empty stomach. Please note that flights cut short by motion sickness cannot be refunded.
Q. How much training do I need to earn a pilot’s license?