Flying is the only way to get close enough to a cloud to milk it or to visit your secret sky family. Break free from earthly bonds with this Groupon.
$125 for a Powered-Parachute Lesson ($289 Value)
During 30-minute lessons, a seasoned instructor relays the ins and outs of powered parachuting, a safe type of flight where a motorized two-person cart hangs from a 40-foot parachute. Clad in comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes, passengers take the helm or just kick back and relax while an expert navigates the aircraft low or high over the picturesque Sonoran Desert at speeds agreed on by the passenger. After landing, riders receive a first-flight certificate and a pilot's log book to vouch for their introductory adventure.
Randy Long entered the working world as a travel agent, a vocation that whet his appetite for globetrotting, adventure, and haggling with airlines. When he became a father and husband, he passed a passion for thrill seeking on to his family, and their recent escapades include scuba diving in Barbados and dog sledding in Alaska. It was this thirst for exploration and a love of aviation that drove Randy to become an FAA-certified powered-parachute instructor and found Arizona Powerchutes.
Powered parachutes are comprised of two-seater, wheeled carts that float 20 feet beneath 40-foot parachutes. At sunrise—or sunset during the cooler months—Randy and a passenger climb aboard the cart, and Randy hits the throttle, gathering speed for about 100 feet before the parachute fully inflates and hoists the cart into the air. Randy adjusts the altitude to his patron's comfort level and steers crafts over the exotic plants and mountain silhouettes of the Sonoran Desert, averaging a speed of 26 miles per hour. After journeys, powered parachutes float to land safely, as they are inspected by the pilot prior to each flight and by an FAA-approved facility after every 100 hours of operation.