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Certified instructors pilot tandem gliders with novices to soar 2,500 feet in the air for up to 20 minutes, with 15% off flight footage

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Promotional value expires May 31, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Subject to availability. 24hr cancellation notice required. Must be 12 or older; under 18 must be accompanied by guardian. 225lb weight max. Must sign waiver. Subject to weather. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, which is why every time a human attempts to fly, a bird attempts to drive a stick shift. Engage in one of the primary mandates of physics with today's Groupon: for $135, you get a tandem hang-gliding instructional flight from Thermalriders in Luling (a $225 value).

During instructional flights with Thermalriders, certified hang-gliding instructors soar in tandem with beginning flyers approximately 2,500 feet in the sky. Gliding gurus initiate students into the sport with 15 minutes of ground instruction that includes an explanation of towing, landing technique, and rigorous arm-flapping exercises. Afterward, a Dragonfly tow plane escorts the tandem glider up to an optimal altitude from which air-sailors float for up to 20 minutes. Once grounded, pilots may purchase footage of their flight at a 15% discount (a $75 regular value). Thermalriders soars skyward Thursday–Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., weather and prophesy permitting.

Thermalriders LLC

A triangular form soars across blue skies and swoops over Texas's sprawling terrain. But the flying figure isn't a bird or a frustrated geometry student's homework—it's one of Thermalriders’ gliders, which let novices master the art of flying under the guidance of U.S. Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association-certified instructors. During aerotow flights, instructors and students can then break free from gravity's tight grip as Dragonfly planes tow them to heights of up to 2,500 feet. Thermalriders' instructors also have the ability to capture each flight on video.

Customer Reviews

Can't say enough about Joel and how he hung in there until the weather, schedules would accommodate the hangliding deal. He's a great guy and a real professional. Highly recommended; very fun and not as scary as you might think!
Bruce C. · August 9, 2015
Joel was an amazing host! Had an epic experience. So worth it, just awesome fun!!
Mark M. · July 26, 2015
Great service and even better life experience, would highly recommend checking out this company and everything they have to offer!
Andrea R. · November 24, 2014
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    US Hwy. 183

    Hangar 6

    Luling, Texas 78648


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