BIG FLATS. N.Y. (WETM) – In the Twin Tiers, there are a few key signs that spring is in the air: local ice cream shops open up, temperatures begin to get warmer from the frigid winter, and glider rides resume at Harris Hill in Big Flats.
The “Soaring Capitol of America” is back in action and the Hill is welcoming riders to experience the thrill of gliding through the sky.
“It’s fantastic. It’s thrilling,” student pilot Deb Reitter said.
“It’s like something you want to go back to,” commercial pilot John Fessenden added.
April marks the beginning of soaring season when glider flights resume in the Twin Tiers. It is a long winter from the end of October when the flights end to early April.
For one pilot, he was inspired to do this from an early age.
“I grew up locally and I was infatuated with them. I learned about the junior…