Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Brands Used: Ozone Paragliders, Flytec Varios
Pro Tip: Bring sunblock, comfortable clothing, hiking shoes or sneakers, and plenty of stuff to drink.
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Tandems
Recommended Age Group: Adults
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
My husband and I started flying in 2001. We love to be in the air and fly from cloud to cloud. We decided to teach to bring this awesome experience to many more people.
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
Our awesome big field, which allows us to operate with any wind direction, making us the North East school that operates the [most] days during the year.
What?s your favorite part of your job?
Flying people and seeing their huge smile once we land.
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