Other than subterranean creatures which have never seen the light of day, there are few, if any beings which have not looked up to the skies and dreamt of soaring high above the earth. Rather than an ill-fated Icarus type attempt, get your hands on today’s Groupon and live out your high-flying fantasies; pay R950 for a 1-hour flight simulator and flight experience, R1057 for a 2-hour flight simulator and flight experience OR R980 for a 3-hour flight simulator and flight experience at U Fly Academy.
If there were a way for people to remain permanently suspended up in the clouds, the team at U Fly Academy would be up there, living the dream. If there were a way for them to forfeit all land based activities indefinitely, there would be no question about the sacrifice. Working from a Training Academy based at Rand Airport, where weather conditions are optimum for flight, they’ll take you from novice wannabe to ace Skyhawk in next to no time. Boasting four runways, delays are seldom a problem and the radio control tower provides students with a professional and educational experience with real-world application.
The academy employs the sleek and modern Piper Warrior and Piper Archer aircraft, both are comfortable platforms for students to take to skies and launch their flight careers. The aircraft are ideal for getting familiar with the basic manoeuvres associated with powered flight and also for advanced training and hour building.
The experience offered is perfect for flying enthusiasts of any level, and will train you from the ground up. Starting off with a run in a flight simulator, you can push the limits without the risk but still experience all the feedback you would in a real life situation. Once you’re comfortable with the setup, it’s time to hop into you sky-carriage and set off into the aerial playground. With a qualified instructor next to you every step of the way, you can relax and enjoy the experience of a lifetime.
Airborne fact: African bullfrogs are one of the few non-human creatures which have achieved flight. By filling their cheeks with large quantities of natural helium gas they can sustain flight for approximately 15 minutes. Unfortunately, they have no way to steer and generally head straight up until the helium runs out at which point they plummet back to earth.