SoaringNV Glider Rides

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  • I’m not going to call myself a daredevil. ᅠAlthough, sometimes I wish I was one.ᅠMy vacation stories are usually prettyᅠlight on the action, heavy on the hammocks. Do I wish I had gone zip-lining in ᅠJamaica? Yes. Would I like to rappel ᅠdown a wall and inner tube through ᅠcaves in Belize? Definitely. Have I? No. ᅠNeedless to say, I was a little nervousᅠ when my publisher told me I would beᅠgoing aloft in an aircraft with no engine. ᅠAt first blush, flying in a glider seemed ᅠlike an activity only for the adventurous ᅠin spirit or brave of heart. Yet after just a ᅠfew minutes with the professional glider ᅠpilots at SoaringNV in Minden, Nevada, I ᅠknew I was in good hands. ᅠSoaring is the purest form of flyingᅠ and is also the most environmentally ᅠfriendly. The glider has no engine and ᅠno propeller to get up into the air, the ᅠglider is towed by a tow plane. At the ᅠright altitude, the pilot pulls a cord and ᅠseparates the plane from the glider. ᅠFrom there, it’s pure aerodynamics, windᅠ energy and enjoyment.ᅠ

    The professionals at SoaringNV ᅠreally took their time getting me comfortable with my safety equipment, theᅠ glider itself and what I would be ᅠexperiencing before I took off. Even ᅠthough I would be sitting in front, Jeffrey ᅠHazlegrove, an FAA-certified glider pilot ᅠinstructor with over 10,000 glider flights ᅠin his stack of log books, would literally ᅠhave my back, piloting the plane fromᅠ the back seat. ᅠSuited up with the first parachute I ᅠhave worn in my life, I was excited andᅠ ready to go. Jeffrey explained the controls ᅠto me like I was a pilot in training. Even ᅠthough I was just along for the ride, I felt ᅠmore knowledgeable about the glider ᅠthan I ever have been about a commercial ᅠairliner. The excitement mounted as theᅠ tow plane pilot attached the tow line toᅠ the glider, started his own engine and ᅠbegan to take off.ᅠ

    When the plane took off, the glider ᅠfollowed with ease. At the right moment,ᅠ Jeffrey let me pull the knob to releaseᅠ the tow line. He told me I could have any ᅠkind of flight I wanted. We could take it ᅠnice and easy around Lake Tahoe. If ᅠconditions were right, he could let meᅠmaneuver the glider. Or if I wanted a ᅠlittle adrenaline, we could do someᅠ tricks. I felt completely in control. Forᅠ a while, I just sat and marveled at the ᅠcrystalline blue of Lake Tahoe andᅠ enjoyed it from an angle that few ᅠpeople get to experience. I smiled at theᅠ tourists at Heavenly. I knew, as we flew ᅠby them, it was a slim chance that theyᅠ were having as much fun as I was.ᅠ My whole flight could have stayed ᅠthis relaxing. But then something ᅠhappened, something great. I got this ᅠamazing burst of confidence and courage. ᅠI flew the glider on my own! Then, I told ᅠJeffrey I was ready to do some tricks. ᅠHow many people can say they flewᅠ upside down over Lake Tahoe? Well, at ᅠleast one. In one flight, I went from the ᅠgirl who doesn’t venture to the woman ᅠwho does and loves it.

    If you are seeking relaxation or even ᅠa little adventure, you should take a ᅠglider ride at SoaringNV. Anyone can putᅠ you in a glider, but SoaringNV gives you ᅠan experience you will never forget. Give ᅠthem a call at 775-782-9595 or check outᅠ their Web site at soaringnv.com and tell ᅠthem GETAWAY sent you!

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