Thermal Valley is a family owned and operated business created to promote the wonders of hang gliding and facilitate free flight experiences. We want to inspire a new generation of soaring pilots.
Pictured to the right is Liam and Craig Pearson. Craig (dad) is Thermal Valley's president, tug pilot, tandem pilot, and recently added 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.
Meet Larry Falls (right)
Thermal Valley's lead tug pilot really enjoys flying the dragonfly and takes every opportunity to get a tandem. Larry is a fantastic aviator with plenty of experience including flying on Naval aircraft carriers.
Meet Marc Plemmons (left)
Marc grew up around hang gliding and witnessed aero-towing in its infancy. Marc loves to fly planes and gliders.
Meet Thermal Valley's co owner
Laura Pearson is part owner and chief supporter. Laura has many challenges in home schooling our two children and maintaining her veterinarian skills. Laura is pictured on the right with her husband / pilot Craig. We call Laura "Boss" on the radio. Laura takes reservations, greets our patrons, ensures all the paperwork is done and helps ground crew.
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Meet Maria Michalak
Maria is a recent UNC Charlotte graduate with her degree in Communications/Mass Media. She helps us welcome guests, keeps Thermal Valley's Facebook and Instagram up to date, takes photos at the air field, and helps run our website. Maria had her first ever tandem flight with us on her first day on the job, and loved every minute of it.