Be A Pilot Has A Great Idea...
Let us carefully
venture into the land of the general media, a place fraught with
dangers and misunderstandings when it comes to aviation. Let us
extend the hand of friendship to reporters across the land in hopes
that they will have a better grasp of all things aeronautical.
Let us offer them a free flight lesson.
In that spirit, Be A Pilot is reaching out through the general
media to moms who don't know what to get their husbands (besides a
tie that doesn't match and an extra case of Bud), with a special
Here's the windup... and the pitch, in the form of a news
release from Be A Pilot:
Instead of another tie or power tool this year, give Dad a
Father's Day gift sure to give him a lift. It's a hands-on,
introductory flying lesson offered through BE A PILOT, the
national, nonprofit learn-to-fly program sponsored by the General
At just $49, it's affordable and so easy to give. Just call
1-888-BEAPILOT to register for a free Introductory Flight
From the website, simply print the certificate and give it to
Dad with a card. When he's ready, just present the certificate to
one of the more than 2,000 participating BE A PILOT flight schools
in North America to receive the lesson for just $49, or about half
the typical cost.
Watch his eyes light up as he's escorted to "his" airplane, goes
through the preflight safety inspection with an FAA-licensed
instructor and climbs into the pilot's seat. With the flight
instructor at his side, Dad will actually fly the plane. He'll taxi
to the runway, throttle up and -- at just the right moment -- pull
back on the controls and guide the plane skyward to get a
breathtaking view from 2,500 feet or more. And if he's like most
first- timers, he'll probably want to fly over the family
After this experience, good old Dad will never look at a
circular saw the same way again.
"June is National Learn
to Fly Month, and with perfect weather throughout most of the
country, there's no better time to discover the advantages and fun
of flying," says Drew Steketee, president and CEO of BE A PILOT.
"Chances are, it's something he's always thought of doing."
So don't give another run-of-the-mill gift when you can help Dad
fulfill a lifetime dream. He might even want to continue training
for his Private pilot's license. That license can be earned in as
little as 40 hours of training and practice flying (although 50-70
hours is more typical).
The cost ranges from $3,000 to $7,000, depending on where you
live, the type of airplane you train in and how often you fly. Once
licensed, it's not necessary to buy a plane. In fact, most pilots
rent planes, starting as low as $60-$100 per flight hour.
"Flying is an exceptional way to escape the daily grind, get
away from the congestion on the ground and clear your mind," says
Steketee. "An introductory flying lesson is a gift Dad won't soon
forget. And it can lead to a rewarding skill, whether he's
interested in flying for recreation, personal and family travel, or