$60 for a Beginner Hang-Gliding Lesson from Blue Sky Virginia Hang Gliding in Manquin ($125 Value)

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Owner with 30 years of experience equips learners with safety instruction & flight gear for initial low flights & soaring rides

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Promotional value expires Apr 9, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required; subject to availability. Must weigh between 100-240lb. Must sign waiver. Subject to weather. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The human obsession with flight stems from a refusal to accept limitations and an intense desire to finally move out of gravity's basement. Claim your own airspace with today's Groupon: for $60, you get a beginner hang-gliding lesson from Blue Sky Virginia Hang Gliding in Manquin (a $125 value).

Owner Steve Wendt, U.S. Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association’s Instructor of the Year, draws upon 30 years of experience to safely harness sky seekers in triangular steeds to slip gravity’s bounds and sail into the atmosphere. Beginner lessons saddle aspiring pilots with all safety and flight equipment during a four-hour adventure that includes ground school, flight time, and suggestions for a cool pilot’s name, such as Iceman or Ted.

The school's learning technique eases pupils into soaring with low-altitude flights that skim 5 feet above the ground to illustrate skills and instill confidence. Under careful supervision, newbie aviators strap into a heavier and sturdier glider before trotting down a shallow hill, towing and floating behind a scooter's tethering. Students focus on proper holds, balance, and speed, learning the basics for a possible future pursuit of the sport. Students will take as many flights as weather and class size permit in the three-hour session. Blue Sky supplies all necessary safety and flight gear, and burgeoning gliders should pack snacks, drinks, long pants, running shoes, and a camera.

Blue Sky Virginia Hang Gliding

Steve Wendt brings nearly 40 years of experience soaring the skies to his lessons at Blue Sky Virginia Hang Gliding's flight park, where he instructs gliders of all experience levels in launch methods ranging from training-hill foot launches to towing. Through personalized instruction in classes certified by the U.S. Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association, he hones flyers’ skills in solo and tandem hang-gliding and in piloting trikes and paragliders against elite racing pigeons. Using aero-towing, park staff members can tow pilots to heights of more than 2,000 feet, or get them airborne with platform and scooter towing.

Staff also outfit certified pilots and enthusiasts with a fleet of gliders from brands such as Aeros, Icaro 2000, Moyes, and North Wing, each made from aircraft-grade aluminum and Dacron sailcloth. In the event of regular wear and tear or run-ins with jealous paper airplanes, they can also sew sails, repair harnesses, and bend frames back into shape in a repair facility.

Customer Reviews

63 Ratings

Outstanding instructor, beautiful property, and gorgeous weather: the perfection trifecta for a great hang gliding experience. Definitely will do again, again and again!
Bey B. · May 19, 2016
Steve is awesome! Very knowledgable and works to ensure a fun learning experience. Unfortunately, the weather forecast was wrong and we couldn't complete our training. Since we didn't get to finish due to unforeseen crosswinds, we can go back to finish. Wonderful that he made it a great experience for us.
Carol Z. · April 21, 2016
Steve is a wonderful instructor. Would highly recommend to everyone to take the beginner course
Sarthak S. · April 15, 2016
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