Hang-gliding provides a dramatic entrance for robber barons, prom dates, and grandmas tired of taking the escalator. Touch down in style with today’s Groupon: for $49, you get one Discover Hang Gliding Experience at Oregon Hang Gliding School in Corvallis (a $100 value).
Oregon Hang Gliding provides active instruction for aspiring air sailors of all ages and experience levels. The Discover Hang Gliding Experience begins with an interactive ground lesson, videos, a presentation, and a round in the flight simulator. The concept of aerodynamics and the history and techniques of aviation are covered, as are tips on how to earn your hang glider's trust through feeding and grooming sessions. Afterward, flyers can head to the practice area with a USHPA-certified instructor and learn the ropes of proper form and glider assemblage. Mother Nature and her couch-sitting cousin don't always cooperate with would-be hang gliders, so reservations and date flexibility are a must with this Groupon. In case of weather, the entire lesson can take place indoors.
Oregon Hang Gliding School
A USHPA-certified advanced and tandem instructor, John of Oregon Hang Gliding School has taken to the skies on hang gliders since 1990 and taught the sport to newcomers since 1997. He also advises the curriculum for a university engineering program laying out pointers in a systematic way, and discouraging the use of protractors as weapons. Under John’s guidance, students begin with introductory lessons and ground school before advancing along the path to earning individual pilot ratings.