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 from Highland Aerosports, located in Ridgely. Choose between two options:
- For $90, you get a weekday intro-to-hang-gliding flight (a $180 value)
- For $90, you get a weekend intro-to-hang-gliding flight (a $180 value)
With more than 60,000 flights and an impressive safety record, Highland Aerosports' buoyant bodies safely traverse through the skies at altitudes up to 2,500 feet during tandem intro-to-hang-gliding flights. Gliding gurus draw from their 13+ years of experience to guide new aeronauts through the basics, learning hang gliding's procedures and controls. After an ultra-light airplane tows the aerial apparatus into the sky, airborne students steer over the Maryland scenery for 12–15 minutes, hopping through clouds and over Cupid's aerial archery shop until descending to 300 feet, where the instructor will bring the glider to a safe landing. During the soaring session, a photographer snaps approximately 20 images of winged escapades, compiling candid moments onto a 1GB memory card to take with you.
Highland Aerosports' instructors introduce students to the joys of unpowered flight though hang gliding. Most often, they perform tandem flights, strapping themselves into a two-person glider right alongside beginners and helping them control the craft. Such a task requires plenty of confidence, but the teachers have a lot of experience on their sides. Co-owner Sunny Venesky has personally taught more than 13,000 hang-gliding lessons, earning the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association's Hang Gliding Instructor of the Year award in 2003. Adam Elchin, the other half of the ownership team, boasts numbers almost as impressive, having taught 8,000 hang-gliding lessons and earned commendation from the USHPA for service to the sport.
Over thousands of flights, the duo has learned that students master the skills at their own pace and height. They're very accommodating about both issues. In addition to introductory flights at 2,000 feet, 2,500 feet, 3,000 feet, and 1 mile, they offer ongoing lessons at more subtle increments, such as 2,499 feet or "just out of reach of that giant."
24038 Race Track Rd.
Ridgely, Maryland 21660