Soaring Adventures of America, Inc. was founded by aviation-enthusiast, Rob Wilkinson, in 1980. What started as a small network of gliderports up and down the East Coast has now grown into the largest recreational aviation network in the country. Joined now by his wife and daughter in the business as well as several good friends and hundreds of pilots, "Captain Rob" is still at the helm very much enjoying his work, flying whenever he can, and taking his customers' spirits soaring at our Martha's Vineyard location every summer. You can see him "at work" in the picture to the right with his grandson, Eli.
About the The Coatmobile
If you are calling us on a cold day in January, it might take us a couple extra rings to come to the phone. Each year, the Soaring Adventures of America headquarters in Wilton, CT temporarily transforms to the Soaring Adventures Coatmobile headquarters. Captain Rob and his family collect gently used coats from the community and distribute them to 16 homeless shelters in Connecticut. It is wonderful how regular people can get real things done. To date, 4,200 coats have been distributed to the homeless and working poor. Everyone on the Soaring Adventures team pitches in receiving coat donations as they come in the front door, folding coats, and organizing them into piles for men, women and children. So, while we will be delighted to take your call in January, we may take a little longer to get to the phone.
Soaring Adventures of America, A Corporation with History
As a unique and exciting business, Soaring Adventures of America has been subject of many feature articles over the past thirty years. You can click on the newspaper logos below to read a selection of our favorite news stories over the years.
August 17, 1983
March 31, 1986
October 6, 1982
Dick Clark Productions New Years Rockin' Eve
Host, Jessica Simpson received a Soaring Adventures Flight Ticket for a Hot Air Balloon Ride!
2003 American Music Award Celebrity Gift Bag
A Soaring Adventures Flight Ticket for a Hot Air Balloon Ride for Two People was selected as the exclusive adventure activity in the . “What’s in the Gift Bag?” is always a hot topic for entertainment news reports on top awards ceremonies. Clearly one of the most exciting gifts, the Soaring Adventures Gift Ticket was included among the handful of items highlighted in ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT’s feature story on the event. “Who will Britney take up on her Soaring Adventures hot air balloon ride?" speculated ET music reporter, Maria Menounos.