A Christmas Gift Idea That's Above All Others: Fly a Real Airplane

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New “boutique” flight school puts first-timers in the pilot’s seat right from the start

Star Treatment from the Ground Up.

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Hollywood Aviators, a stylish flight school inspired by the classic aviation movies, has an unusual Christmas gift that’s sure to elevate anyone’s spirits: a half-hour “Deluxe Discovery Flight” flight lesson during which the recipient actually flies the plane from take-off to landing. The school is conveniently located at the Van Nuys Airport, long regarded as the “airport to the stars.”

For only $99, the lucky pilot meets a Hollywood Aviators flight instructor who conducts a pre-flight briefing, demonstrates the controls of the 4-seat single-engine Piper Cherokee or Cessna 172, directs the pilot throughout the route, and completes a post-flight briefing. Since the flight is an actual FAA-certified lesson (as long as a US passport or birth certificate is presented as proof of US citizenship), the time is logged in a Pilot’s Logbook, which along with a photograph and “First Flight” certificate makes a truly memorable souvenir. Should the pilot choose to continue with flight lessons, that time is credited towards the requirements of a pilot certification.

“You can’t believe how excited people are when they come back from one of our special flights,” says pilot and Hollywood Aviators president Dan Katz. “They feel a sense of accomplishment that borders on pure fantasy. Imagine being able to say to your friends, ‘I’ve piloted an airplane,’ and have the picture and certificate to prove it!”
Deluxe Discovery Flights can be scheduled seven days a week, weather permitting, during daylight hours. Gift certificates can be ordered by phone at (818) 994-2004, by email at info@hollywoodaviators.com or in person.

Hollywood Aviators is a new “boutique” flight school, whose movie-themed offices are decorated with floor-to-ceiling black & white photos of Hollywood stars in classic aviation roles, and whose promise is “Star Treatment from the Ground Up.” The school has been featured on KTTV 11’s “Good Day L.A.” Fox News, the Los Angeles Daily News and the Los Angeles Times. A special version of the Deluxe Discovery Flight was included in the 2005 Emmy™ Award nominee gift basket.

The school is located at 7535 Valjean Avenue, Suite 2, Van Nuys. The phone number is (818) 994-2004. It is also online at http://www.hollywoodaviators.com.

Editors’ Note: High-resolution photos and B-Roll video are available. Contact (818) 994-2004

Dan Katz
Hollywood Aviators


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