And if you think of Dad as someone who’s just comfortable cooking on the backyard grill, he might surprise you when he goes to take his second and third lessons.
Frederick, Md. (Vocus) June 2, 2010
Over the years, Dad has given you wings, lifted you up and encouraged you every step of the way. This Father’s Day, do the same for him – literally – by giving him something extra special, a LetsGoFlying.com introductory flying lesson.
Let’s Go Flying is a learn-to-fly program sponsored by the nonprofit Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Just go to the Let’s Go Flying website, http://www.letsgoflying.com, where you’ll find a database of more than 3,500 flight schools, and enter Dad’s zip code to find the one closest to him. Since many schools offer introductory flights for around $99, this gift won’t break your budget.
Dad will actually fly the plane under the direction of an FAA-licensed flight instructor. He’ll taxi out to the runway, take off and soar into the wild blue yonder. He might even love it enough to continue his training toward a private pilot’s certificate and a life of liberated travel and recreation. The gift of flight is the experience of a lifetime and one he’s not likely to forget.
“There are many things you can give Dad that he’ll love, but only a flying lesson can open up a new world of travel, learning, excitement and accomplishment,” says AOPA President Craig Fuller. “And if you think of Dad as someone who’s just comfortable cooking on the backyard grill, he might surprise you when he goes to take his second and third lessons.”
With approximately 415,000 members, AOPA is the world’s largest civil aviation association. Since 1939, AOPA has been dedicated to protecting the interests of general aviation, improving general aviation’s public perception, and growing the pilot population.
EDITORS NOTE: If you’d like to arrange a hands-on introductory flight for yourself or a reporter for an in-person report on the experience of learning to fly, contact Nicole Lasorda (nicole(at)bartgil(dot)com; 215-592-8601) or Jo Ann Guear (joann(at)bartgil(dot)com; 215-592-8601)