Pursuing Passion: Documentary
2016-01-16 Ali Kabas featured in short documentary that includes
It's been fun to correspond with Ali Kabas over the years as he
captures beautiful sights from some of Turkey's beautiful sites using
his paramotor. He was featured in a short documentary by one of the
Country's big newspapers.
You can see it here.
The audio is in English with subtitles.
One of the more fun aspects is that he gets to share his passions
with his 2 children. It's fun to see a well-done peek into the private
life of someone who left the business world to pursue their passion.
Indy Air Hogs PBS Documentary
2016-01-16 Brandon, Steve and Co. were featured in a 2015 half-hour PBS
Documentary on their shared Interest
"The Weekly Special" showcases our sport through the eyes of a
long-running event, the Indy Air Hogs fly-in. Like most of our paramotor
groups, this one is a fascinating collection of people who come together
as pilots to share in their passion. By day they are mild mannered...
well, just watch the thing.
can see it here.
Cape man shares joy of paragliding
By DAVE KEMPTON, Originally posted on
News-Press.com September 03, 2007
Operates flight school to teach others
When Paul Czarnecki is looking to relax or meet a group of friends,
he’ll just fly away or have others fly in. Not in an airplane, but by
themselves in a powered paraglider. Czarnecki is part of an increasing
number of adventure-seeking enthusiasts nationally who have taken up
what is part sport and certainly part adventure.
Paragliding is the simplest form of flight, no plane, no windows,
just you floating in the open spaces.
Czarnecki started paragliding while working as an engineer in England
and once he moved to Cape Coral in December 2006 he started operating
the UCanFly2 school that is certified by the United State Powered
“Powered paragliding is the most basic way to fly. I fell in love
with it at the very beginning,” said Czarnecki, 47, a native of
Kingsport, Tenn. whose father was an instructor in the Air Force.
“It’s the best fun you can have. I call it ‘airgasmic,’ wildly
addictive,” Czarnecki said. While a paraglider certainly gets a rush
during flight, the fear factor can also be present. A recent convert is
31-year-old landscape contractor Doug Johnson of Cape Coral, who joins
Czarnecki most weekends around a remote part of Caloosa Parkway to start
I had an absolute fear of flying and heights. I would never go to
Busch Gardens for that reason,” Johnson said. Then he noticed Czarnecki
and friends flying above his house in northwest Cape Coral. “I finally
checked it out since it looked interesting and safe,” Johnson said. “I
took a number of lessons from Paul and then the moment arrived to
actually go up there by myself. I purchased the equipment and now have
over 60 flights.
“Any fear is gone and it’s an exciting way to see nature all over the
area, from Fort Myers Beach to Sanibel.”.”
Czarnecki understands the early trepidation. “There is no middle
ground in flying and a student, whether it’s my 15-year-old son or the
65-year-old from Michigan, needs to build confidence,” Czarnecki said.
Czarnecki spent six weeks and nearly 40 lessons with Johnson.
“Everybody learns at a different pace, making progress in their own
way,” Czarnecki said. “You take small steps at first, learning the
controls, understanding the motor and wings and the procedures
involved.” “We live in one of the best areas in the entire country for
paragliding because of the flat land, open spaces and good wind
currents,” Czarnecki said. “All you need is about an open area of 300
feet for taking off and landing.”
A paraglider is a foot-launched inflatable wing, easy to transport,
launch and land. The paraglider itself has no rigid structure, and lines
clipped into a harness suspend the pilot. The motor is a backpack unit
with a propeller to give thrust, allowing a glider to climb and fly at
almost any level.
Instruction costs start at $150 for an initial session that will
include a tandem flight while a USPPA approved teaching package is
$1,000 for 10 flights. A motor starts at $3,500 while wings start at
The flying limits are 18,000 feet, imposed by the Federal Aviation
Administration, which governs paragliders under the experimental rules
category. “You’re not going to fly over downtown Fort Myers. Where we go
depends on the wind and we’ll make a trip, for example, over to Lake
Wales,” Czarnecki said. Czarnecki has recruited his 15-year-old son, P.J.,
but is still working on his wife, Jennifer.
P.J. has learned to fly before he can drive a car but Jennifer is
not ready yet for a solo flight. She still plays around,” Czarnecki