Pilots are the cowboys of the air, roaming the wide-open skies and herding children’s runaway balloons. Giddy up, up, and away with this Groupon.
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- $104 for a 20-minute scenic glider flight for two (a $208 value)<p>
After disengaging from the tow plane, the glider soars above the North Shore in a route that follows the alternately rugged and lush Waianae Mountains. Waimea Bay and Kaena Point come into view as the pilot points out glimpses of inland landmarks and surfers preparing to time-travel through wave tubes.<p>
- $107 for a 20-minute aerobatic glider flight for one (a $215 value)<p>
Glider pilots demonstrate their aerobatic prowess during these solo excursions. Seated in the cockpit, passengers control the flight’s intensity as they shout out maneuvers to pilots and create their own free-form program of loops, climbs, and turns.<p>
SkySurfing Glider Rides Hawaii
Honolulu’s azure beaches and lush mountain ranges beckon eyes downward as passengers team up with a commercially rated and FAA-certified pilot to cut through the air on glider tours offered year-round. Seated snugly in a bubble-topped glider plane, passengers and pilots survey panoramic views from up to 3,000 feet above the island's famously scenic North Shore. Surfers wave from the surging whitecaps far below and, on clear days, one can view distant landmarks such as the Kaena Point satellite-tracking station, the volcanic tuff cone known as Diamond Head, and the lava dam that stands between Honolulu and certain destruction. Known for their aerobatic prowess, pilots sometimes offer upside-down views of these and other sights as they guide their gliders through a series of loops and turns. A team of technicians tends to gliders and tow planes as soon as they land, ensuring that each remains safe and ready for the next flight.