Flying is a lot like having a staring contest: even with utter concentration, you’ll never be better at it than birds. Go toe-to-beak with our winged companions with today’s Groupon: for $130, you get a 30- to 45-minute glider experience at The Soaring Center, located at the Jean Sport Aviation Center in Jean (a $248 total value). The experience includes:
- A glider ride (a $199 value)
- A take-home video of the flight (a $49 value)
Sky-seekers ascend through bubbly cumulus formations from a dedicated runway, arcing and swooping across the sky’s cerulean expanse in The Soaring Center’s battalion of gliders. Reassured by pilots with more than 6,000 flights under their combined belts and who focus on safety, students begin with an on-ground demo of controls that shows how to dive, turn, climb, and parallel park for jaunts on sturdy-looking clouds once aloft. At takeoff, amateur aces take the helm under the backseat supervision of a professional pilot as a power plane tows the glider off the ground. When they’ve reached an acceptable altitude, the air-bound apprentice releases the glider into the air to show off newfound commandeering skills, soaring up, down, and around as a cockpit camera records a 7.5-minute video from both inside and outside the glider for after-flight evidence of gravity’s temporary defeat. The Soaring Center’s staff will insert a slideshow of customer-supplied photos into the video upon request. The Center is also open the day of Thanksgiving and the Friday after.
Las Vegas Glider Rides
The skilled pilots and instructors at Las Vegas Glider Rides have accompanied more than 6,000 passengers on flights over Nevada’s scenic desert landscapes. After they’re towed aloft behind planes via 200-foot cables, glider passengers cut loose and set sail for a leisure trip, flying lesson, or acrobatic thrill ride with a seasoned glider pilot. Flyers can also memorialize their trips with an edited 7.5-minute video featuring preshot wing and tail angles and in-cockpit footage of impromptu aerial drag races with passing pterodactyls.