Man’s dream of flight is as old as his dream of world peace and showing up to a pop quiz without pants. Fulfill wakeful fantasies with today’s Groupon: for $175, you get a 60-minute introductory powered-hang-gliding lesson, a photo package, and a T-shirt from Ultimate Flight in Carson City (a $350 value).
Led by FAA-accredited instructor Paul Hamilton, Ultimate Flight teaches the basics of hang-glider piloting and showcases Lake Tahoe from 1,200 feet. The 60-minute lesson introduces first mates to the techniques necessary for successfully taking off, flying, and landing an open-cockpit, three-wheeled hang glider (a $250 value). This FAA-approved aircraft sports a modern hang-gliding wing, a tricked out Rotax aircraft engine, and an in-helmet communication system that helps pilots and students stay in contact. Ultimate Flight maximizes bug-in-the-teeth time by skipping classroom trainings and heading straight for the flight seat after a brief safety and arm-flapping tutorial. When pupils have landed, they leave with a DVD of pictures taken from the wing-mounted camera aboard each aircraft (an $80 value) as well as a complimentary T-shirt (a $20 value).
In addition to learning the basics of flight, the trip also provides stunning views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains, since each route soars right along the water's eastern border. Ultimate Flight offers air-bound treks year-round, including winter flights that, thanks to heated suits, gloves, and shoe inserts, are ideal for aerial reconnaissance of regional yeti populations.
Hang Gliding Tahoe
Strapped into an ultramodern Revo Trike powered hang-glider, FAA-certified instructor Paul Hamilton pilots students above Lake Tahoe’s crystalline expanse, which reveals picturesque reflections of the Sierra Mountains’ snow-capped crags.
A light-sport aircraft powered by a purring Rotax engine, the Evolution Revo trike enables the prolonged airtime and weather compatibility not found in flights with a conventional hang-glider or out-of-control umbrella. During Paul’s lessons, intro students swiftly suit up in appropriate flight gear before a quick safety briefing prepares them for the journey.
An emphasis on hands-on training anchors the interactive lessons, which require no previous experience and may even take off in winter thanks to Hang Gliding Tahoe’s heated apparel and midflight campfires.
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