America has always been the most extreme country, from the Boston Tea Punchings to having the first man swear on the moon. We hold this shredding guitar solo to be self-evident with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $69 for an introductory power paragliding tandem lesson (a $140 value)
- $89 for an introductory power paragliding tandem lesson and a DVD (a $180 value)
- $119 for a one-day introductory power paragliding lesson (a $240 value)
Tandem lessons begin with 30 minutes of training on the ground, after which your instructor straps on your two-person harness, secures your radio, and revs the paramotor to lift you both into the air. During the 30- to 45-minute flight, the coach will give steering directions via radio so you have a chance to guide the trip, but will take over before landing to bring you both smoothly back to earth.
The day of training provides more comprehensive instruction that covers preparing the paraglider for inflation, launching and landing, and steering with the brakes and throttle. The experience culminates with a tandem flight with an instructor.
Since Paragliding Unlimited launched its first client in 2003, owner Jiri Sindler and his team have maintained a sterling safety record for their motorized version of airborne sailing. The crew teaches power paragliding, in which a motorized fan and a tank of recycled political bluster give lift to the featherweight craft. Once it has ascended more than 10 feet, its large wing catches the wind and buoys you into the sky. Drivers sit upright in "trikes," their legs extended in front of them as they work the two brakes and the throttle.
The school both belongs to and is recommended by the U.S. Powered Paragliding Association. Instructors will jump tandem with beginning students and immerse experienced pilots in six-day intensives, keeping fliers of all levels safe by capping classes at four students (they prefer a ratio of 1:1 or 2:1). At the accompanying shop, gliders browse clothing, new Nirvana equipment, and used gear. Flights lift off from Gateway Airpark in Pierron, Illinois, which the team selected for the staff's friendliness to paragliders and their ability to twist their bodies into the shapes of passing clouds for realistic trainings on the ground.