By Nancy Dunham
Look, there's Bill Murray. And over there is Bruce Springsteen.
Nope, you're not in Hollywood or New York City but at the regional airport
in Manassas, Virginia. Many visitors are surprised to discover the airport is something of a Mecca for those with private planes. When politicians and celebrities fly into Washington, D.C., or nearby areas, many times they use the regional airport.
While you can't get in on the celebrities' flights – though you may spot one or two especially if you stop into the nearby bars and restaurants – you can try your own hand at the controls of a plane. American Aviation Services in Manassas offers 30 and 60 minutes flight lessons with an FAA certified flight instructor in a new Diamond DA40 ELX plane.
Not quite ready to take the controls? Demo flights and gift certificates are also available. Remember, too, you can also take sightseeing flights to see the lush Shenandoah Mountains and valleys, fly over battlefields, lakes and rivers. Want to get a birds' eye view of a different landmark? Easy enough, because you can also customize your sightseeing tour.
Here's what you need to know:
Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fee: $120 to $220