Early attempts at flight involved several weeks spent job-shadowing birds. Harness the wind without the help of wildlife with today’s Groupon to Thermal Sky Sports. Choose between the following options:
- For $132, you get a tandem hang gliding flight and picture package (a $265 value).
- For $212, you get a tandem hang gliding flight, picture package, and one introductory lesson (a $425 value).
Thermal Sky Sports’ certified hang gliding instructors safely train students in flight fundamentals before they soar airborne along the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. The three-hour introductory lesson acclimates a group of students with hang gliding basics such as which low-flying solar systems to avoid, and arms them with safe gliding gear before they embark on short independent flights. A quick briefing on launching and flying precedes the tandem lesson, in which nationally-ranked competition pilot Alex Cuddy accompanies you on a breathtaking take-off from Slide Mountain, manipulating thermal pockets of air into boosts of buoyancy to propel your aircraft thousands of feet skyward. Waft through the wind for 15–25 Earth minutes as your skilled pilot helps control your featherless wings in flight, permitting you to steer the hang glider solo. High definition photographs taken by freelance falcons immortalize your voyage in a tangible form to share with posterity and random neighbor’s refrigerator doors.
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Currently ranked as the 14th best hang glider in the United States, 23 year-old Alex Cuddy flies, competes, and teaches around the globe. But each summer, Cuddy returns to the familiar air of the Sierra Nevada, where he heads up Thermal Sky Sports, sharing his passion for engine-free aviation with illuminating lessons and tandem hang-gliding sessions. Before unleashing worthy pupils on their first solo flight with radio assistance, he'll teach them how to soar with the grace and majesty of an eagle-shaped helium balloon during low-flying ground towing sessions, tandem flights, and training-hill lessons. In his free time, Cuddy travels to various competitions and strives to break personal records, recently completing a 198-mile hang-gliding journey in 5 hours and 47 minutes.