With flight ratings of Airline Transport Pilot, Advanced Ground Instructor, and Commercial Pilot among them, the seven-man team at Airlink LLC can wear a lot of hats. In a given week, they might take first-time pilots aloft for a half-hour introductory flight, conduct a ground school lesson for students working toward a Private Pilot’s license, and whisk sightseers away on scenic flights over the Carrabassett Valley or Sugarloaf Mountain. Based out of the Waterville airport, the FAA-approved 141 Flight School employs a fleet of Cessna and Beechcraft airplanes – including one seaplane – as well as a flight simulator that assists the learning process by eliminating variables such as adverse weather conditions and backseat-driving seagulls.
Having operated out of the Pittsfield Municipal Airport for nearly two decades, the certified instructors of Central Maine Skydiving have completed over 10,000 collective jumps as USPA-certified educators. Instructors guide tender-footed jumpers through tandem and static line jumps, and offer solo flights to seasoned free-fallers and direct descendants of Icarus.
North American Outdoor Adventures introduces adventurers to the thrills of the great outdoors with both land and sea outings. Whitewater-rafting excursions splash through the notoriously choppy waters of the Kennebec, Deerfield, and Dead rivers. For a more laid-back experience, North American’s kayak tours, dazzle eyes with gorgeous scenery while shepherding kayakers down mild sections of the Dead and Kennebec rivers or along the calm shoreline of Moxie Pond.
Hiking trips through the Appalachian Trail can take away your breath with dazzling mountaintop views of azure rivers and Moxie Falls, the highest waterfall in Maine. Other popular types of land-based recreation include ATV tours and ballroom dancing with wild deer.
Organized and curated by the Maine Film Center, the MIFF has been celebrating local and international cinema since 1998. For nearly two weeks, the society fills the Waterville Opera House and Railroad Square Cinema with screenings, panel discussions, and catchphrase workshops for aspiring action stars. Every year, the festival presents a worthy performer with their forward-looking Mid-Life Achievement Award, which assures winners such as Malcolm McDowell, John Turturro, Ed Harris, and Terrence Malick that their greatest works are not necessarily behind them.
You've got nothing to worry about rafting on the Kennebec River's swirling rapids?if you're with one of Magic Falls Rafting Company's pro guides, that is. In business since 1989, the company currently boasts a team of 60+ guides, whose trips explore the Dead and Kennebec Rivers.
Whether cruising along the lower portion of the Kennebec River or crashing through the Class V rapids of the Penobscot River, the guides at U.S. Rafting treat groups to the varied outdoor adventures of Maine's untapped wilderness. Along with the whitewater odysseys, explorers can hike to the majestic 90-foot Moxie Falls, trade baseball cards with black bears on the Appalachian Trail, and paddle canoes on Indian Pond?a lake that's home to deer, moose, and several species of fish including bass and salmon. U.S. Rafting's wooden lodge, The Outpost accommodates up to 20 visitors a night, keeping them warm before they strap on snowshoes for winter treks along the woods' cotton-covered trails.