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 $135, you get a tandem hang-gliding discovery flight from Sonora Wings (a $225 value). Sonora Wings' exhilarating outings leave from the Phoenix Regional Airport in Maricopa.
United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association–certified instructors at Sonora Wings take aspiring aeronauts to the skies with half-mile-high tandem discovery flights. After the student-instructor duo climbs into their colorful conveyance, a specially made towing aircraft carries them to 2,500 feet, where they will disengage and glide tranquilly above the Sonoran Desert. Over the course of the 20- to 30-minute flight, the instructor will control the glider and attempt to extend airtime by riding thermal updrafts while the passenger can take in sweeping mountain vistas and learn the eagles' secret handshake. Groupon customers also get 25 percent off HD flight videos and t-shirts on the day of their visit.
Sonora Wings Hang Gliding
On tandem flights, Sonora Wings Hang Gliding's instructors, who are certified by the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association, take their customers to soaring altitudes, where they glide like birds over Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. The unique vantage point allows for breathtaking views—wild mustangs running through the desert, distant mountains, and red-tailed hawks that soar within a robotic arm's grasp. To reach these heights, hang gliders are towed behind the company's Dragonfly, a small aircraft specifically designed to launch hang gliders. Sonora Wings Hang Gliding's pilots and instructors take off on these adventures from sunrise to sunset, and they can capture each moment on HD video.