Fly Sun Valley is the only fully insured and permitted paragliding operation of the Sun Valley Resort, conducting flights in cooperation with the Sun Valley Company and through an exclusive commercial permit issued by the US Forest Service.
Owned and operated by Chuck Smith, is a former factory test pilot for UP International, Fly Sun Valley offers tandem flights, flight instruction, equipment sales, guiding services, airborne weddings, aerial photography & video, air shows & demonstrations to name a few. Chuck began flying paragliders in 1987 in Switzerland, initially utilizing "parapentes" as a descent tool for mountaineering activities in the Alps and later for climbs in the Rockies, Andes and Himalayas. He was also involved in the formation of the American Paragliding Association, (APA) the original governing body of paragliding prior to its merger with the USHPA.
Apart from his contribution to the sport of paragliding, he is also a US National Champion and national team member, holds numerous flying records and awards, (including the 5 Diamond Safety Award), is an USHPA Advanced Instructor, USHPA Tandem Administrator and has personally flown over 5000 safe tandem flights. You'll be in good hands if you decide to fly with him, you can be sure of it.
" Our team of expert tandem pilots/instructors are prepared to introduce you to an unique aerial experience. There is no better way to enjoy the remarkable beauty of the Sun Valley area. We invite you to join the thousands that have safely flown with us. Launching is easy as we stride a few steps and our glider smoothly lifts into the air — there is no “jumping off” any mountain cliff. We encourage you to bring a camera to capture all the aerial fun. Our pilots also have cameras and are ready to record this wonderful experience and the fantastic mountain scenery of Idaho", summarizes Chuck.
Fly Sun Valley fly all year round
Sounds good? Give Chuck a call at 208-726-3332 or drop him a message to [email protected] For more information visit www.flysunvalley.com
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