Cross Country Soaring

Faribault Municipal Airport

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In a Nutshell

Half-hour gliding tours put passengers 4,000 feet in the air, silently soaring under the experienced control of an FAA-certificated pilot

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Reservation required; book online. Subject to weather conditions. Max weight of 242 lbs. Must complete ride by expiration date on your Groupon. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Early man's attempts at flying included sewing feathers onto his arms or trying to harpoon a passing comet. Fly the new-fashioned way with this Groupon.

$140 for a 4,000-Feet Piloted Glider Package ($280 Value)

  • A 30-minute glider flight (a $210 value)
  • 25 minutes of orientation and instruction (a $25 value)
  • An over-the-shoulder DVD of the flight (a $20 value)
  • A Cross Country Soaring baseball cap (a $25 value)

After a quick orientation acquaints passengers with the ins and outs of the sailplane, they take their seat at the front of the craft while an FAA-certificated pilot or instructor hops on the controls in the back. A tow plane smoothly pulls the gliders up to 4,000 feet, releasing them to effortlessly glide through the air, free from the noise of a regular plane's engine. Pilots customize each flight, majestically circling breathtaking scenery or swooping through the air to satisfy thrill-seeking passengers. Passengers are even invited to take the control of the stick themselves and get some practice at carving up their own piece of sky over the Southern Minnesota Lake Region.

Customers can choose from three options which vary by expiration date, selecting to use their Groupons by November 1, 2013, May 15, 2014, or June 15, 2014.

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.

Customer Reviews

Everything was perfect. It was such an amazing experience, with such beautiful sites to see from an unique perspective, as if I was the pilot.
Debra D. · November 8, 2016
I bought this for my husband for Father's Day. He loved his flight.
Cheryl F. · September 14, 2016
Priceless Memories! A must do experience for those who enjoy flying like a bird in the sky. Don is an excellent pilot & has excellent interaction skills & allows you to pilot the plane. Our family of 8 took rides & everyone felt the "wow" factor from start to finish. We also got to ride along in the gator as they pulled the glider to the runway & the plane being pulled off the runway. I would definitely encourage you to add Don & his Team from Cross Country Soaring in Faribault to your bucket list. THANKS DON!
Gary W. · September 6, 2016
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    Faribault Municipal Airport

    3401 MN Highway 21

    Faribault, MN 55021


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