What You'll Get
- $259 for an intro to hang-gliding lesson for two ($440 value)
A Chat with Mountain Wings
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Mountain Wings is a full service Flight School and Flight park. We have been teaching the fine art of hang gliding since 1980. We are the ONLY flight park of this size and experience in the North East. We are the only flight school with full modern and clean bathroom and showers both inside and out. We are the only school with an actual building (3000 sq ft) that the students can go inside to escape the heat of the summer or to warm up on those cool spring or fall days. We have the only pilots lounge with free WiFi, two large screen TV’s and PC that the students use to watch their flights of the day. We are the only school that has multiple training hills for a safer and quicker advancement of their training. We are the only school that brings the students and their gliders back up the hill after their flights (after they make it to the top of the hill). We are the only school that owns their own launch on the mountain for when you are ready for mountain flights; We are the only school that owns their own flight park. We use only certified training gliders and equipment. We are the only school that uses full face helmets for the students safety ( this is VERY important) We are the only school that is open year round. We stopped teaching paragliding due to the proven nonexistent safety record, PG’s are very dangerous. We are the only flight school that uses a simulator to speed up the training and make it safer.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I started flying in 1975, moved to California in 1976 and worked for a major hang glider manufacturer building, designing and test flying gliders. I moved back to NY in 1980 to start my own school and flight park. I have been flying hang gliders for over 40 years. I do it for the love of the sport and the satisfaction of seeing the look on the faces of my students after their first flight and their hugs and jumps for joy, it is very satisfying.
What do you love most about your job?
I have been teaching hang gliding since 1980 and I find it very rewarding to be able to share something so special and unique with my students. The looks of sheer joy and excitement on their faces, the jumps for joy, the hugs I receive along with the thank you’ s and the big tips. The calls later in the week saying once again thank you and how they cannot stop thinking about their flights, how they are planning their next trip up to Ellenville to do it again. This is very rewarding and this is what I love about my job.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
The “I love this sport” The “I love you for teaching me this”. Some people are very, very grateful for the experience I give them.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. May be repurchased every 180 days. Must sign waiver. Reservation required. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Must sign insurance waiver; additional $9 waiver fee applies and must be paid to merchant at time of redemption. Long pants required and hiking boots recommended. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.