A former soldier left paralyzed from a skydiving accident remaining 12 months is taken under consideration one amongst a handful of those who have realized to paraglide on their very private with Project Airtime. 

Before being launched to the Utah-based adaptive paragliding program, Brenden Doyle had spent about 9 years all through the U.S. Army. 

In January 2020, he was left paralyzed from the waist down after a touchdown accident. Seven months later, he began flying with Chris Santacroce and his workforce, who’ve spent the final word six years serving to a variety of parents attain new heights. 

Brenden Doyle trains to paraglide on his own with Project Airtime

Brenden Doyle trains to paraglide on his non-public with Project Airtime
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The nonprofit takes people with particular wants, of us with ideas and spinal twine accidents or completely completely different sicknesses, their caregivers, the aged and veterans paragliding without charge. 

Santacroce educated FOX News that they’re looking for anybody who merely “needs a boost” or is raring to “rise to the occasion.” 

At the start of his journey with the nonprofit, Doyle began flying tandem, as most Project Airtime members do. But Doyle did not merely need to sit down alongside for the experience. He wished additional. 

Brenden Doyle trains to paraglide on his own with Project Airtime

Brenden Doyle trains to paraglide on his non-public with Project Airtime
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“When I got injured, a lot of my independence was stripped from me. To be able to do the things I love myself is way better than just being along for the ride,” Doyle educated Fox News. 

Typically, a pilot and passenger get strapped in and fly for roughly 20 to half-hour “depending on how much fun they’re having,” Santacroce talked about, collectively with that “some people are quite happy to go for 15 minutes.” 

He’s even had a handful of members – like Doyle – which have gone on to fly solo over time.  

Santacroce created the program six years beforehand, nonetheless he is been a full-time paragliding skilled for almost three a couple of years. For 13 years, he was furthermore a Red Bull athlete the place he showcased free-flying sports activities actions. 

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Over 10 years beforehand, Santacroce injured his spinal twine whereas trying thought-about one amongst his options, touchdown him in a wheelchair for only a few weeks. 

Project Airtime, a adaptive paragliding program, offers free flying sessions to dozens of people in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Project Airtime, a adaptive paragliding program, presents free flying programs to dozens of individuals in Salt Lake City, Utah. 
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“I always did this trick where you sort of drag your wingtip on the ground and then straighten up and land,” he talked about. “And one day I just was out flying [and] I got it wrong.” 

Spending time all through the wheelchair modified his perspective on life. 

Project Airtime, a adaptive paragliding program, offers free flying sessions to dozens of people in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Project Airtime, a adaptive paragliding program, presents free flying programs to dozens of individuals in Salt Lake City, Utah. 
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In delicate of getting a “second chance,” he recalled asking himself one essential query: “What am I supposed to be doing with my life?” 

“The answer was quite clear,” he talked about. 

When Santacroce is not working Super Fly paragliding, which presents gear product gross sales, paragliding programs, excursions and clinics, he dedicates his time to Project Airtime, reminding these, that it doesn’t matter what, they’ll nonetheless “have a radical experience.” 

Project Airtime, a adaptive paragliding program, offers free flying sessions to dozens of people in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Project Airtime, a adaptive paragliding program, presents free flying programs to dozens of individuals in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Project Airtime does about 80 flights a 12 months at its location in Salt Lake City, Utah, 40 of which may be for the people who be part of and one completely different 40 are for his or her caregivers, Santacroce talked about.  

They even have chairs all through the nation, in Seattle; Bend, Oregon; and Austin, Texas.

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Santacroce says it is the right situation he has ever completed. For his members, nonetheless, it means infinitely additional. 

Project Airtime, a adaptive paragliding program, offers free flying sessions to dozens of people in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Project Airtime, a adaptive paragliding program, presents free flying programs to dozens of individuals in Salt Lake City, Utah. 
(Nicole Mickelson)

They “just want to have freedom and they want to be able to pursue this stuff and not be at a disadvantage,” Santacroce talked about. 

And after they’re all through the air, “they’re at zero disadvantage compared to the next guy,” he added. 

In truth, it could even really actually really feel liberating for individuals who spend plenty of their time in a wheelchair.

“They get to leave that chair at least behind. And that doesn’t happen very often,” he talked about. “So they find themselves quite at ease and they find themselves in the grips of a brand new experience.” 

For loads of people, “they tend to forget their disability altogether,” he added.