What You'll Get
The world's first pilots were required to spend several weeks of training job-shadowing birds. Harness the wind without the help of wildlife with today's Groupon from Thermal Sky Sports in Reno. 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 escorting them on an airborne sightseeing session 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 and flight, in which nationally-ranked competition pilot Alex Cuddy accompanies students on a breathtaking take-off from Slide Mountain, manipulating thermal pockets of air into boosts of buoyancy to propel the 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.
The breath-taking flights, held Monday through Friday, are immortalized by high-definition photographs snapped by freelance falcons, so air sails are converted into tangible memories to share with posterity and strangers' refrigerator doors.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 15, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. 24hr hour cancellation notice required. Must be 13 or older. 200lb weight max. Must sign waiver. Subject to weather. Valid only Mon-Fri. Non-transferable. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Thermal Sky Sports
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.