High Times

Learn to fly in Greater Palm Springs



thinkstockphotos.com

Experience the freedom of soaring high above the desert communities. Pilot training puts the power in your hands, giving anyone who dares the chance to manifest childhood fantasies of tearing through the sky with the speed of a superhero. Flying lessons also have practical applications: Instead of driving to your destination, hop into a twin-engine Cessna and arrive in style.

Desert West Aviation is a private pilot training center that offers aspiring flyboys and flygirls the opportunity to reach new heights. Train for your standard aviation license, or take aerobatic lessons to spin, roll, stall, and loop like the Red Baron. Cessna 152 Aerobat aircraft rentals are available and come with an instrument trainer, upset trainer, and spin trainer. Desert West, in conjunction with Kaminsky Productions, also offers in-flight photography services to capture your mastery at the helm of a Cessna 172.
79880 42nd Ave., Bermuda Dunes.
760-360-7400; www.desertwestaviation.com

Fun Fact: Desert West certifies students once 40 hours of instruction are completed.

Experience the broad spectrum of color and natural beauty the Coachella Valley has to offer from your front-row seat — in the cockpit. JacksonAir Flight Training provides flight enthusiasts with 9,000 hours of instruction, while maintaining a spotless safety record. Approximately 150 pilots have successfully completed FAA certification exams at the recommendation of JacksonAir’s faculty. Choose from instrument flight training, pinch-hitting lessons for spouses, and more.
86400 Lightning St., Thermal.
760-289-5148; www.flyjacksonair.com

Fun Fact: JacksonAir offers an introductory aerobatic flying program, which allows you and your instructor to soar 5,000 feet above the Salton Sea. They’ll even teach you how to fly upside down and “pull Gs.”

Add your comment:
Edit Module
Desert Guide
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

Polo in Paradise

One of the world’s oldest and most patrician of pastimes is alive and well in the Coachella Valley.

Tony Hawk Shows He Can Still Fly at Palm Springs Skateboarding Event

Tony Hawk was among a group of professional skateboard legends brought together by two-time skateboard world champion Eddie “El Gato” Elguera of Palm Desert in Palm Springs.

Game Changer

Like the notable ascent to its first tee, business at Stone Eagle Golf Club in Palm Desert is enjoying the fruits of a lofty climb. But in the wake of an economic downturn, it has been a tough journey.

Humana Challenge Prediction: Patrick Reed Will Repeat as Champ

The 56th playing of the Humana Challenge may prove to be one of its best with a field featuring defending champ Patrick Reed and crowd favorite Phil Mickelson. But who will win?

Humana Challenge Will See a Calmer, Controlled Pat Perez

Long known for playing with a hot-blooded temper, PGA Tour veteran Pat Perez comes to the Humana Challenge with a newfound calm to couple with his new wife and solidified golf game.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions + Contests

Fashionista Friends

Fashionista Friends

Experience the glitz and glamour of Fashion Week El Paseo 2015.
2014/15 Best of the Best

2014/15 Best of the Best

Palm Springs Life’s annual Best of the Best. Readers tell us who their choice is for the “Best of the Best” of the Coachella Valley in over 40 categories.
GuestLife Magical Monterey Bay Experience

GuestLife Magical Monterey Bay Experience

Food + Wine Festival Grand Experience

Food + Wine Festival Grand Experience

Enter for a Chance to Win a Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert 2015 Grand Experience
Cartoon Caption Contest

Cartoon Caption Contest

Each month, we provide a vintage 1950’s cartoon illustrated by Alice Rovinsky. You are invited to submit a caption or vote for your favorite caption.
Edit ModuleShow Tags