Wings to Fly students take in a windswept expanse of green below and blue above as they fly—not in a plane—but while suspended from a simple harness and glider. Whether they're new to hang gliding and paragliding or are seasoned gravity defiers, they experience the thrill of the flight while remaining in the safe hands of experienced instructor John Alden. He starts all novice students in a hover 18 feet off the grass while they remain safely tethered to a winch tow. And as their confidence increases, so does their altitude. From his seat in the towing system, he propels new gliders through the air, where they enjoy the view, test their new skills, and confuse spectating birds.
In more than 100 locations around the country, ThrillZown's staff facilitates adrenaline-filled excursions full of extreme water, air, and land adventures. Under the supervision of experts, brave souls defy gravity as they skydive, hang-glide, bungee jump, or play films of apples falling off trees in reverse. On land, crews harness the power of horses, stock cars, and snowmobiles; in the water, groups navigate whitewater rapids or explore aquatic depths as they scuba dive or surf.
Sportations connects amateur adrenaline jockeys to certified professional adventurers, drawing from a nationwide network of aeronauts and speed demons to introduce habitual pedestrians to the wonders of skydiving, ballooning, hang gliding, and stock-car racing. Thrill seekers can zipline across a forest canopy, hollering like Tarzan or taunting nearby birds until they agree to race. Helicopter tours ferry patrons skyward over landmarks and cityscapes, whereas paragliding adventures get up close and personal with blue skies and clouds. For most sports, Sportations accommodates groups of any size, from physics classes empirically proving gravity's existence to solo ballooning supervillains declaring dominion over all they see.