Trade Winds Aviation

2505 Cunningham Ave., San Jose

Introductory Flight Lesson in Option of Cessna 172 Aircraft from Trade Winds Aviation (Up to 48% Off)

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After providing training on the ground, FAA flight instructors let students take the controls of Cessna planes

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2 ratings2 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
January 18, 2022
Great experience all around. I got the voucher and called immediately (in same day) to schedule the flight. They were able to fit me in next day even that was a long weekend and they were already full. I got there next morning few minutes early and the instructor (Logan) was there waiting for me. Very nice guy. He shown me around the place and explain how it works and then we went to the plane. Nice new Cessna 172, way too modern for what I was expecting. We did the pre-flight and then we took the plane to the practice area and did few maneuvers as I had few flight lessons already from another place. Logan was very patient, knowledgeable and helpful. Overall, great place with very nice people.
4 ratings4 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
April 5, 2021
Awesome do it
62 ratings17 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
March 23, 2021
Amazing experience.
1 ratings1 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
July 29, 2019
Best 5 year anniversary present for my boyfriend!!! I got to ride passenger for his first (of hopefully many) flights and have so many amazing pictures of San Jose and my boyfriend smiling ear to ear!! <3
8 ratings7 reviews
Rating of 1 out of 5 stars
July 3, 2018
Buyers beware. I had a 1.2 hour flight in the intro demo flight and was charged $320+ cash in addition to my Groupon credit for the one hour flight demo. No one will tell you in advance what is covered in this Groupon before you take the demo flight. Flight instructor charge is separate even though it is not possible to expect a demo flight to only cover the aircraft without instructors.
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About This Deal

Pilots are the cowboys of the air, roaming the wide-open skies and herding children’s runaway balloons. Giddy up, up, and away with this voucher.

$241 for an executive introductory flight package (a $465 value)

  • FAA-certified instructors brief pupils once a week during a 14-week training session on the ground, which prepares them for the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge test
  • Introductory flight, which includes 20-minute training session on the ground and 40-minute flight in a four-seat Cessna 172 with a traditional instrument setup or a G1000 glass cockpit
  • Learn how to execute climbs, turns, and descents
  • Includes a pilot logbook, completion certificate, and souvenir photograph

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About Trade Winds Aviation

It was a clear afternoon in Mission, British Columbia, when Walter Gyger climbed into his friend's Cessna 172. He’d spent his childhood constructing model airplanes and dreaming of stepping into the pilot's seat of a real one. The two lifted off, the ground dropping smoothly away, and soared on into the evening, finally touching down on Vancouver Island. That experience spurred Walter on to seek out his pilot license. Years later, after taking classes at Trade Winds Aviation, he bought the company. Walter now works with a team of FAA-certified flight instructors to give budding pilots that same push he received to pursue the dream of flying and pilot certification.

Trade Winds two-runway Reid-Hillview airport and adjacent training area sit surrounded by ridges splashed with watercolor blotches of green, which pilots-in-training survey from wide cockpit windows as they follow the official Cessna training program. Students set their own pace as they progress through lessons in cross-country flight, night flying, and navigation, all augmented by online training, practical flight sessions, and heckling from birds. When not guiding pupils through the valley's consistently clear skies, the staff help maintain Trade Winds' fleet of Cessna and Remos aircraft, many of which have features such as satellite radio, autopilot, GPS maps, and spare commas for absent-minded skywriters.