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HANG GLIDING...
allows you to see the world from the point of view of a free-flying bird.  Schedule your tandem hang gliding flight with us today at Thermal Valley Hang Gliding!

We are a family owned and operated business whose mission is to facilitate people to feel the exhilarating effects of free flying through our discovery tandem hang gliding flights. Start out with some ground school training and paperwork then we will help you in your harness.  After a final safety check, the tug pilot takes off and up you and your instructor go in the wild blue yonder!  When you reach your target altitude, the glider releases the tow line and begins free flight.  Ask your instructor to demostrate advanced maneuvers if you like wilder rides.  Thermal Valley's 1500 foot flight lasts 8 to 12 minutes and each 500 foot increase will add up to five minutes depending on the atmospheric conditions.  

We also offer solo instruction if you want to pursue advanced hang gliding training.  There are multiple mountain launch sites in and around Lenoir and Morganton.  
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MEET THE TEAM
LIAM & CRAIG PEARSON
LARRY FALLS & MARC PLEMMONS
Craig is Thermal Valley's president, tug pilot, tandem aerotow instructor, and light sport CFI for airplanes. Liam is an aspiring future pilot and has flown all our craft.  Liam is ground crew and general ground support.
Larry is a fantastic aviator with plenty of experience including flying on Naval aircraft carriers. Marc grew up around hang gliding and witnessed aero-towing in its  infancy.  Marc loves to fly planes and gliders.  
LAURA PEARSON
OLIVIA POSTELL
Part owner and chief supporter. Laura has many challenges in home schooling our two children and maintaining her veterinarian skills. We call Laura "Boss" on the radio. She takes reservations, greets our patrons, ensures all the paperwork is done and helps ground crew.   
Olivia gives our students their pre flight orientation and is our top sales associate. She is a current student at Montreat College. 
WILLIE VAUGHN
Willie (In bottom harness) joined us in November 2018.  He is our tandem aero tow  and foot launch instructor.  We hope he makes Thermal Valley his home.

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 THERMAL VALLEY HANG GLIDING
By Appointment Only
Operating from: 4098 Old Amherst Road in Lenoir, North Carolina
Talk to our instructors to know more about our hang gliding services.
CALL US(828)-292-8289 or reach us via email at [email protected] to book an appointment. 
"Ready to take off? Book an appointment with us now!"
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