From catapulting flaming soldiers over castle walls to sitting on active geysers, humans have long been fixated on flying through the air. Absorb the wonderment of flight with today’s Groupon: for $125, you get a mile-high soaring and piloting experience, plus a DVD of your flight and a commemorative t-shirt, from Cross Country Soaring, Inc., located at the Faribault Municipal Airport approximately 35 minutes south of Minneapolis (a $250 total value).
Accompanied by one of Cross Country Soaring's FAA-certified pilots or instructors, you'll begin your air adventure by being lifted in a sailplane behind a powered tow aircraft, which will then release the gliding apparatus to allow it—and you—to float gracefully above patchwork farmland stitched together with surplus dental floss. Each ride is about 40 minutes long and can be customized to suit individual appetites for excitement, providing a tranquil cloud nap or a high-energy sky swing dance, and passengers get a chance to take the controls themselves for portions of the flight. Upon reuniting with Earth's hard-candy surface, you'll also receive a DVD of your flying expedition plus a new t-shirt, which you can use to taunt flightless friends and injured geese.
Though Cross Country Soaring, Inc. has yet to receive many reviews, Life to the Max, a WCCO TV program, featured the business last June.
Cross Country Soaring
Cross Country Soaring owner Don Ingraham brings more than 4,000 airborne hours of experience to his sailplanes' controls, maneuvering the engineless crafts through the air with bird-like agility. Tow planes loft each passenger flight airborne, sending planes thousands of feet up into the sky before leaving pilots and their guests gliding through the atmosphere without the noisy distraction of a typical flight. Each flight is different—sailplanes may gain altitude in thermal updrafts before bottoming out stomachs with daring dives. Picnic tables and couches cluster around the hangar, giving friends and family a comfortable place to watch soaring flights. Students eager to earn their own glider rating and fly solo can take advantage of Cross Country Soaring's experienced instructors, learning the ropes under the hawk-like eyes of seasoned pros.