Fantastic Journey or Mile High Glider Flights for One or Two from Williams Soaring Center (45% Off)

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In a Nutshell

Seasoned pilot steers three-seat Schweizer glider toward views of Sutter Buttes or nearby mountains from altitude of up to 5,280 ft.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Dec 18, 2014. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Reservations required; subject to availability. 24hr cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price may apply. Maximum combined passenger weight of 350 lbs. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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Choose Between Two Options

  • $120 for a 30-minute Fantastic Journey glider flight for one or two ($220 value)
  • $155 for a 40-minute Mile High glider flight for one or two ($280 value)<p>

Up to two passengers sit side by side behind the pilot as the rare Schweizer 232 glider embarks on flights over local landscapes. Gliders release from an altitude of 4,000 feet at the start of the Fantastic Journey flight and soar toward the hulking shapes of the Sutter Buttes, Mount Lassen, and Snow Mountain. During the Mile High flight, which releases at 5,280 feet, passengers can catch glimpses of Mount Shasta and the High Sierra. Pilots can fly in the direction of the customer’s choice on either trip, charting a leisurely course or putting the plane through sharp banks and turns to shake off any pursuing helium balloons.

Williams Soaring Center

Rex and Noelle Mayes have piloting in their blood. Rex's father was an Air Force doctor and glider pilot, and Noelle's parents and grandparents also took to the skies as their profession. The Mayes family carries on these traditions at Williams Soaring Center, where sons Ben and Nick are also in training to become private glider pilots. Rex and Noelle lead a team of instructors, many certified in single-engine landing (SEL) and as Certified Flight Instructors-Glider (CFIG), who train students in private glider flight, sending them soaring up to a mile above Northern California landscapes.

The instructors command a fleet of modern, fiberglass gliders—including Schweizer, Schleicher, and Schempp-Hirth models—that they regularly check and refurbish inside an onsite maintenance hangar. During private-pilot training, they eschew formal ground school in favor of practical experience. These hands-on sessions teach students how to safely operate their motor-less machines while honing a situational awareness of weather conditions, aerodynamics, and thermals.

The pair also takes customers up in two- or three-seat gliders on guided flights. These can soar up to 10 miles from the airport in any direction the customer wishes, except directly into the UFO traffic jams around the sun. Pilots may chart a leisurely course toward views of the Sierras, Mount Shasta, and Mount Lassen or put the plane through sharp banks and turns during a shorter flight.

Customer Reviews

So much fun..after I got over the initial freak out.. Would recommend for sure
BERNADETTE B. · September 29, 2014
The soaring ride for two is a bit tight, but it is well worth it. I recommend the 40+ minute long ride.
Josh H. · June 15, 2014
Fun experience! Especially liked the roller coaster manoveurs we did during the flight!
Prashant P. · January 5, 2014

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