Buying a gift for my hubby (next to my mother) is one of the hardest things to check off my list each year. While I always plan to get him his obligatory sweaters, PJs, etc. I still try to give him something he really wants and can be surprised about. However, that’s a lot easier said than done; but this year’s Christmas came a little early…when he got the chance to Learn to Fly.
Yep, I let him take his life into his own hands and go fly a plane.
And he loved every minute of it.
The experience we had at U.S. Sport Aircraft in Addison, was incredible nice, knowledgeable and helped the whole family to get comfortable with the thought of my husband flying an airplane. While the plane is just made for two people, we were able to climb in and take a picture before Dad went to the skies.
After only about 20-30 minutes of instruction, he was in the air and flying over Dallas (with a little assistance, of course.) He said it was amazing and I know he hadn’t ever done anything like this before. He was able to direct the plane, look over the cities and waterways and just enjoy the adrenaline of being in the air. Mission accomplished!
He has always wanted to get his pilot’s license so he could fly and I thought it was something that would take years and a lot of money to accomplish. However, I learned that wasn’t the case at all. It was just as simple of going on to Let’sGoFlying.com, pick a flight school location close to home and connect. Literally by the end of the week, he was in the air for his introductory flight.
And with only 20 days left before Christmas, it is possible to give the gift of flying with some special holiday promotions like $169 Introductory Flight, Young American Eagles Program (for aspiring pilots ages 13-17) or even Flight School-in-a-Box.
For him to become a private pilot (just for the fun of it), there are certainly qualifications, hours of instruction and flight time, but actually it’s something you can do in your free time or some people even take off a week or two of work and do it in one week. I know he is already purchasing some books so he can begin his required “homework.”
While I’m sure my next purchase won’t be a plane, I’m sure there’s a pair of Ray-Bans and a flight suit with the tag “Iceman” in his future.