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Paragliding

Switzerland, September 2004. Peter and I are paragliding somewhere over the city of Interlaken. Peter recently placed 5th in World Cup Paragliding competition. Here the lads are putting me in the paraglider harness.The paraglider fills with air. Ahhhh, paragliding in the Swiss Alps! That’s Stepfan, my pilot from Alpine Center in Interlaken. He holds a world record for staying aloft…

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Parasailing

New Zealand, Parasailing. Para-sailing is more of a novelty activity rather than a sport. Although it is possible for people with disabilities to para-sail in the U.S., it is much easier to do so in other countries, as other countries are far less litigious. There were 5 of us on the boat. I was the first to go up …

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Sailplaning 2

My friend John and I went sailplaning with the Fault Line Flyers in Briggs, Texas for a 2nd time. This time I flew in what is known as the Grob (pronounced grobe), pictured above. This is a high performance sailplane. It has perhaps a 30/1 glide ratio, which means for every 30 feet of forward movement …

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Sailplaning

Sailplaning, September 2007. My friend John and I went sailplaning with the Fault Line Flyers in Briggs, Texas. In the picture above, I’m sitting in the cockpit, Vince is behind me and Tom is holding up the end of the wing as we are being towed. Before we see the rest of the pictures, it’s time for a science …

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Sky Diving

I was the first wheelchair user that went skydiving in Belen. I jumped on two separate occasions from a 1943 World War II bomber trainer from an altitude of 15,000 feet with my instructor, Chris Salas. If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving probably isn’t for you. San Marcos – For a good time, skydive San Marcos …