If humans had never harnessed the power of flight, we would never have crossed the Atlantic in a day, flown an airplane around the world, or become addicted to honey-roasted peanuts. Go on a power trip with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $75 for a beginner hang-gliding lesson for one (a $150 value)
- $150 for a beginner hang-gliding lesson for two (a $300 value)
During the four-hour course, seasoned instructor Steve Wendt teaches participants the essentials of hang-gliding, starting with ground school to cover gliding basics and how to approach clouds without startling them. Once on the airfield, participants strap into their lightweight crafts to practice running into the wind and lifting off, as well as balancing their weight with the wings and leaning at the right angles. Staff help students fly the length of up to two football fields while taking their time with slow, steady glides, and equip them with full harnesses and helmets. Classes take place Monday–Friday, with some weekend classes opening up if the school is not already at capacity.
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.