If flying in a small airplane without doors sounds like an incredible time to you, the latest tourist experience in Israel (riding in a powered parachute) is definitely for you. Even if you’re thinking you’d rather keep your two feet on the ground, don’t dismiss a sightseeing tour from above so quickly. Flying as a passenger in a powered parachute is truly an amazing experience. Where skydiving you’ve got just three minutes to take in the view below, sitting as a passenger with no rules to remember is a fantastic way to get a bird’s-eye view of Israel. You can see the layout of the land in shades of green, blue, brown and white.
Pilots can take off from backyard strips, parking lots, or fields. Because they’re so easy to move, Sharon Baram (Extreme Israel) tailor-makes flights over heritage sites across Israel. Passengers willing to pay a bit extra can also experience a sightseeing tour over Caesarea, the Sea of Galilee, or Masada.
Powered parachuting is one of the few extreme sports suited to people with physical disabilities. “As long as you can sit, you can fly,” says Baram, who notes that every year he and fellow pilots volunteer a day to take disabled IDF veterans on flights over the country. “It’s an amazing experience for them and for us,” he says.
Blessed with amazing weather year round, Israel is a prime destination for extreme sports such as paragliding, hot air balloon rides, skydiving and scuba diving. But powered parachuting is by far the most unique and exciting! Check it out!
Originally posted at Israel21c. PHOTO BY: Extreme Israel