WHEELS UP IN THE PRESS

4/25/12

The spring WheelsUpPilots camp concluded this week with both Darol Kubacz and Ernie Butler getting 25 solo flights, including a high altitude training flight in San Bernadino. Eagle Paragliding, Rob Sporrer, and Nick Greece hosted the camp in Santa Barbara at the Eilings Flight Park.

The WheelsUp Program is a research and instructional program that gives the gift of free flight to the physically disabled. Whether an individual has lost mobility to spinal cord injuries, amputations, or neuromuscular disease, the WheelsUp Program (WHUP) lets them safely experience the joy and empowerment of free flight and reclaim freedom in the air.

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5/16/12

They can't walk, but they can fly.

Two paraplegic veterans, members of WheelsUp, a new program that's training disabled people to paraglide, made a trip to Elings Park last month for a number of solo flights from Santa Barbara's world-class launch site. Sitting in a custom-made wheelchair suspended below a neon fabric canopy, the vets barreled down the hilltop park's grassy slope with someone pushing from behind and watching as their wings filled with mild offshore breezes to send them airborne. After soaring above a small swath of the South Coast, the fliers touched down on a designated landing area, high-fived and smiled wide, then did it all again.

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