A former soldier left paralyzed from a skydiving accident final 12 months is considered one of a handful of people that have realized to paraglide on their very own with Project Airtime. 

Before being launched to the Utah-based adaptive paragliding program, Brenden Doyle had spent about 9 years within 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 six years serving to a variety of people attain new heights. 

Brenden Doyle trains to paraglide on his own with Project Airtime

Brenden Doyle trains to paraglide on his personal with Project Airtime
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The nonprofit takes people with particular wants, folks with mind and spinal twine accidents or different sicknesses, their caregivers, the aged and veterans paragliding at no cost. 

Santacroce informed FOX News that they’re on the lookout for anybody who simply “needs a boost” or is keen 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 simply need to sit alongside for the experience. He needed extra. 

Brenden Doyle trains to paraglide on his own with Project Airtime

Brenden Doyle trains to paraglide on his personal 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 informed 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 mentioned, including 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 in the past, however he is been a full-time paragliding skilled for almost three many years. For 13 years, he was additionally a Red Bull athlete the place he showcased free-flying sports. 

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Over 10 years in the past, Santacroce injured his spinal twine whereas making an attempt considered one of his tips, touchdown him in a wheelchair for 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 classes 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 mentioned. “And one day I just was out flying [and] I got it wrong.” 

Spending time within 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 classes to dozens of individuals in Salt Lake City, Utah. 
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In gentle 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 mentioned. 

When Santacroce is not operating Super Fly paragliding, which presents gear gross sales, paragliding classes, 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 classes 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 that are for the people who join and one other 40 are for his or her caregivers, Santacroce mentioned.  

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

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Santacroce says it is the very best factor he has ever completed. For his members, nonetheless, it means infinitely extra. 

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 classes to dozens of individuals in Salt Lake City, Utah. 
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They “just want to have freedom and they want to be able to pursue this stuff and not be at a disadvantage,” Santacroce mentioned. 

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

In truth, it might even really feel liberating for individuals who spend a lot of their time in a wheelchair.

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

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