While planes allow humans to sample the wonders of flight, birds rarely get to experience earthbound delights such as indoor baths or watching TV in their underwear. Gain a new perspective with today's Groupon: for $134, you get an approximately 30-minute ridge flight in a glider (a $195 value) and souvenir HD video coverage (a $50 value) from Vancouver Island Soaring Centre at Port Alberni Airport (a $245 total value).
Vancouver Island Soaring Centre's Transport Canada–licensed glider pilots navigate Pacific winds over the valleys and ridges of Vancouver Island in single passenger flights. Pilot-passenger pairs take off from the Centre's secluded private airport in modern PW gliders, surrounded by tall cedars, mountain peaks, and groves of uninhibited oxygen. Reaching heights up to 4,000 feet, riders soar over a ridgeline leading from Vancouver Island's craggy coastline and ocean inlets to fresh water lakes and falls, all while in full panoramic view of the undulating Beaufort Mountains. As single passengers ride nestled in the front seat, they may thrill over wide-window views or ask their pilot about the science, technique, and secret handshakes of glider flight. Upon return to ground, participants receive a 4 GB USB key containing an HD recording of their aerial adventure, preserved for reviewing majestic sights and laughing at lonely nimbus clouds.
Vancouver Island Soaring Centre
While man has not yet mastered a bird's ability to fly, we can approximate their effortless motion and unrivalled views through the glider airplane. Nestled in the Alberni Valley, the Vancouver Island Soaring Centre leads passengers on elevated journeys across the mountainous natural scenery. The VISC's fleet of PW-6U and PW-5 Smyk gliders are made of composite materials, making them light and ideal for sneaking up on cumulonimbus in the morning while they are still busy gluing on fresh cotton balls. In a Piper Pawnee plane, a pilot certified by Transport Canada leads each flight to a height of 2,000–6,000 feet before releasing the glider into the blue expanse. A separate certified pilot directs the craft from the back seat as the craft is kept aloft by thermal energy. Vancouver Island Soaring Centre can also record each blissful flying experience onto a take-home USB drive.