For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, which is why every time a human attempts to fly, a bird attempts to drive a stick shift. Engage in one of the primary mandates of physics with today's Groupon to Inland Paraflite in Apple Valley. Choose between the following options, and call ahead to schedule your flight:
- $44 for a 15-minute discovery introductory flight (an $89 value)
- $62 for a 30-minute discovery introductory flight (a $125 value)
Inland Paraflite is the oft-hovering home of FAA-certified flight instructor Phil Dietro, who teaches patrons to maneuver powered parachutes thorough parapilot instruction. During a 15- or 30-minute discovery flight, patrons learn to take a paraplane's lofty reins. Flyers receive an FAA-required safety briefing that covers seat-belt use, the correct way to exchange controls, and emergency procedures. With Phil at the helm, neophyte pilots float skyward in the Powrachute Pegasus 2, and after reaching cruising altitude, take the controls to climb higher or gracefully swerve out of an airborne ostrich's path. On the descent, Phil will demonstrate landing techniques by setting down and taking off a few times. Patrons should arrive to the lesson sporting a jacket, long pants, and closed-toe shoes, which prevent clouds from latching onto toenails.
In 1992, Phil Dietro's younger brother Stu became enamored with his friend's paraplane, prompting him to learn how to pilot the motor-powered parachute. In an old fashion bout of sibling rivalry, Phil too wanted to master the strange flying contraption, traveling with Stu to Santa Ynez Airport for his first flight. As gusts of wind rearranged his hair, and impressed birds beckoned him over for high-fives, Phil became hooked, later seeking further training from the paraplane's inventor, Steve Snyder.
A year after his first flight, Phil's newfound hobby inspired him to establish Inland Paraflite, where he currently schools fledgling aviators in an airborne classroom high above the Apple Valley desert. His exhilarating flight courses instill cloud-curious students with the knowledge to man a dual-controlled Powrachute Pegasus, which reaches speeds of up to 32 miles per hour—the same speed at which the sound of soft rock travels.
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