The human obsession with flight stems from a refusal to accept limitations and an intense desire to find out which of your neighbors secretly have pools. Put your eyes in the skies with this Groupon.
$134 for a 30-Minute Ridge Sailplane Flight with Personal HD Video ($245 Value)
A certified pilot tows two-seat sailplanes into the air before cutting ties and letting the craft gently float over Beaufort Mountains, ocean inlets, and the craggy coastline of Vancouver Island. Tow flights climb to 4,000 feet before setting sailplanes free along ridgelines and over glassy freshwater lakes and roiling waterfalls. A Transport Canada–licensed pilot controls the craft from the back seat, allowing passengers to lie back and enjoy the sights. An HD camera mounted in the aircraft records the entire 30-minute journey, offering a "plane's-eye view" or a recording of the passenger. The HD video is transferred onto a reusable 4 GB SD card that is given to passengers upon landing.
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.