I only became aware of Flight Academy of New Orleans due to their Groupon and LivingSocial deal that they had offered, resulting in over 50% off of my flight total. Prior to purchasing the LivingSocial deal, I called Flight Academy of New Orleans to verify how the voucher works and to make sure there was availability for us on the date I was looking at.
We arrived at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport (NEW) and promptly found their offices. Upon arrival, we were greeted by Rachel and our pilot, Wade – as well as our wine basket.
After our pre-flight glass of wine, we walked out into the hangar with Wade as he prepped the aircraft for our flight. It was a little nerve-wracking to see an aircraft be moved and pushed around by a single person, but this was a single propellor airplane (Cessna 152S, I think).
During our flight, Wade was our aerial tour guide and flew us over Jazzland, the French Quarter, the west bank, uptown, St. Louis Cemetery, and other attractions in New Orleans. Our flight went by so quickly, I wish we had bought another hour of time. It was incredible seeing patchy rain fall on various parts of the city during our flight.
Once my date was tentatively held, I bought the LivingSocial coupon and called Rachel back to confirm the coupon. While browsing their website, I found another form for reservations and noticed that there were additional options that I could add to the flight. After talking more with Rachel on the phone about the other options, I decided on the 15 minutes of additional flight time and a wine, cheese, and chocolate basket.
The true rockstar is Rachel. Not only did she field any call and email I sent her way, but she went above and beyond getting gluten free rice crackers for Emily.
Thank you all so much for the amazing experience.