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Fleep engineers and technicians

Charles Richards -strongly exampled for the world the foldable four-boom kite-glider with Dacron sail battened and scalloped, aluminum booms, sharp-nosed--one of the  foundation wings for the "Standard Rogallo hang glider", though he did not have a kingpost on his various hang gliders in the Paresev program. Unknown vitality status. Reports are welcome.

Note: In those few years the word "paraglider" was used in a very different way from that word's use in 2000s.   In 1960-62, the wing we know that was used in the standard Rogallo hang glider was then called a "paraglider."   In later years "paraglider" was beginning to be used for the governable limp hang glider types that we today see as the PG type hang glider. Also, care can be given to respect how the word "parawing" was used for the fully limp Rogallo wing before its stiffening. When the Rogallo wing was stiffened to the Fleep and Paresev  four-boom  one-to-several-lobe style that became the wing group holding as one of its members the two-lobe (conical or cylindrical) wing for the standard Rogallo wings, the term in 1960-62 circa was "paraglider". The probable evolution of the term came from mixing "parawing" with "paraglider" for the eventual limp paragliders for paragliding. The wings ang kite-hang gliders  made by and under Charles Richards and team thus were called paragliders, but today would be called simply kite-gliders or kite-hang gliders or just gliders, as they were kited-up and released hang gliders.  The eight pilots of the kite-hang glider made by the team of Charles Richards are to be noted:

David Barish    Tethered the essence of William M. Allison's disconnected two-boom sailwing airfoil and Rogallo's limp parawing for slope-air-sledding hang gliding to help birth recreational self-inflated single-surface airfoil hang gliding that became known as "paragliding" (which became a stark change of the use of the term from the NASA stiffened Rogallo wing 1960-ish  "paraglider." It takes careful timeline study to distinguish the term's usage change. The activity expanded immensely when the Jalbert double-surface ram-air airfoil became dominant.


"NASA, then known as NACA, took notice of Rogallo’s invention in 1957 after Russia
launched the Sputnik satellite. Suddenly, the flexible wing had potential as a possible
reentry tool for America’s rockets. NASA began conducting experiments with the
gliders, the results of which were published in technical journals such as Popular
Mechanics. One of these reports attracted the attention of engineer Thomas Purcell.
Purcell studied engineering at North Carolina State University. In 1961 Purcell, using
photographs of Rogallo’s design from a magazine article, constructed a sixteen-foot-wide
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glider with an aluminum frame that he tested by towing it behind an automobile at the
Raleigh-Durham Airport. Purcell called Rogallo one day, and the two engineers agreed to
When Purcell arrived at NASA, he was surprised to find himself surrounded by engineers
who were asking numerous questions about his FlightSail glider. Purcell had figured out
how to do something that NASA had not—achieve stability in a towed glider. He
continued to work on his glider. He replaced the wheels with floats for towing it behind a
speedboat. He flew the pontoon glider for the first time at Lake Waccamaw on July 26,
1962. It worked so well that he never went back to land-based liftoffs again. This was the
first water-based use of the Rogallo wing."        From Flight of the Imagination.

Barry Hill Palmer--inspired by Fleep-- built and foot-launched more than 7 versions of hang gliders and then went on to power the Rogallo wing. All mechanicals of the standard Rogallo hang glider resided in Palmer's demonstrations, as same in the Bikle-NASA-Charles Richards-mechanical demonstrations; actually, the mechanicals were present in at least 1908 in the territory of Breslau.
Note the reference to hang gliding and Rogallo: The first hang glider seen in the You Tube video is one of my flights.
(Ref: Flexible Wing  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXNSTkhYy_s  
This film was sent to Rogallo by myself, I do not know when, probably 1962.

Barry Palmer, for

Jim Foreman   Bat-Glider  plans. Soaring pilot photographer George Uveges was close working friends to Richard Miller at Dockweiler Beach and took photographs that were used later on the Bat-Glider plans.  Richard Miller encouraged Jim Foreman to make, print, and sell the Bat-Glider plans. Thousands of copies of the Rogallo-wing  with strutted triangle control-bar--all-bamboo framed hang glider--were sold.  An enthusiastic teen Taras Kiceniuk, Jr. pasted over the title block of the Bat-Glider plans and sold some copies. At some point a copy of such copyright intrusion was brought to Foreman's attention. A cease order was extended formally; an agreement was met; and the secondary distribution method stopped. Taras built his own bamboo glider Batso with some friends and made some drawings of his own; and then Taras sold some copies of his Batso plans, some modification in the truss arrangement from the Foreman Bat-Glider.    The strong large-sheet lithographed plans of the Bat-Glider forwarded by Jim Foreman into the world scene--spawned from the Fleep-Palmer-Miller strand of influence--did play a strong role in forming a hang glider movement in the world and in Southern California; that movement grew in many ways.

Jim Foreman had visited the SSA office when Richard Miller was acting editor of Soaring magazine; Jim was actually searching for plans of primary gliders. Richard indicated that many more plans for a hang glider could be sold in comparison to plans for a primary glider;  Jim relates: "He opened a desk drawer and tossed a small stack of Xeroxed plans for a Rogallo wing along with the proof sheet of Uveges photos."  Richard pulled out from his desk some photostat papers  and a proof sheet images of Uveges photos depicting the flights by Miller and Miller's friends at Dockweiler Beach on a hang glider Miller had made.  Miller instructed Foreman that there would be no opportunity to advertise or even to write about hang gliders in Soaring magazine; further, the deal was that Miller's name was not to be mentioned in the promotion; Miller had just gotten off the phone with heavies in SSA who pressed that hang gliders were not to be in Soaring magazine. So, Jim Foreman took the papers and proof sheet; and then he formed the Bat-Glider plans, purchased lithographic printing and began selling the plans through other avenues. The date of Jim's arrival at the SSA office is not known yet, but tracing Miller's editorship term would be part of this determination. [This note was sent to HangGliderHistory.com  for its Timeline. Dates are being researched.]  

Special insight to Jim Foreman.

Mike Burns    He introduced to Australia the NASA based Rogallo wing along the ornament and mechanic style of the wing of Charles Richards appended by a tweaked triangle control frame mechanically instructed by George Spratt and well-fulfilled in 1908, at least, by a gliding club member in the territory of Breslau. He published that his craft was a kited glider. Ski Plane.

John Dickenson  (JD Gyro user, builder, social key, manufacturer of NASA-based Rogallo-inspired kites, water ski-kiter. His raw story is interesting, important, and significant.
         [Ed.: An unfortunate set of interpretive untenable overclaims by his permitted No.1 fan GH is attempting to form a new center-of-the-hang-glider-universe interpretive story.  Enjoy JD's raw facts, but put up your critical-thinking antenna for any and all interpretive statements that are being plastered in nearly every corner of the aviation world by his fan. Our 50 years of study in the  field concludes that JD had zero global mechanical invention in his kite-glider, not in detail and not in the whole integrity of the device. What he did build might have been new for himself mechanically...and therein is a delightful story; and his ornamental appearance results were certainly his own, but such does not make for global mechanical invention..  Unfolded reasoning is spread in several places on the Internet.  Simply, in whole and in part, in mechanical function, control system, wing mechanics, flight mechanics, etc., were fulfilled by others prior to his local makings.  Cheers to JD for his exampling homebuilding a ski-kite-glider in his locality; and much cheers for his kiting and socializing ski-aqua-kiting in his neighborhood.  [GH       Graeme Henderson, fine HG pilot, JD promoter, New Zealander living in Australia, controversial interpretations ever centralizing JD.]   The "invention" is now an infamy tag for JD, unfortunately; he has yet to fess up about accurate history.    Discuss in various forums.  JpF]

Bill Moyes    Water ski kiter did a non-kited land-ski launch into free flight of boned-Rogallo-wing hang glider. He developed proning harness allowing change of position of the pilot. His showmanship and business sense strongly affected the popular appetite for easier-than-homebuilding entry to hang glider flying.

Steve Moyes    Pilot extraordinaire.

Dave Kilbourne He starkly demonstrated foot-launching from hills with a NASA-based hang glider; he used the Breslau-Spratt-Palmer-Burns-Dickenson-Bennett-Moyes triangle control frame. He stamped his plans with NASA credit. His Kilbo-kite plans were the most broadcasted Rogallo-winged plans; S-SA sent it to 23 nations. He employed the control mechanics gifted to hang gliding by at least 1908 as well as the combined thrust of Rogallo, Ryan Aeronautical Corporation, NASA, Charles Richards, Fleep, Ski Plane, Mike Burns, John Dickenson, and Bill Bennett.  Dave Kilbourne barefoot launched from Mission Hills in northern California. He introduced Donnita Holland to hang gliding; she has remained a leading hang glider pilot; she greeted hundreds of pioneers at the first big showing of the Big Blue Sky.     

Donnita Holland        Pioneering female hang glider leader.   "The most dangerous part of hang gliding is the male ego"   - Donnita Holland Kilbourne

Bill Liscomb  Was ever creatively present with his own-built hang gliders; his social flight manner attracted his mother's photography to hang gliding; he himself spawned the Big Blue Sky historical movie that confirms a modern renaissance in hang gliding and ushers in sparks for a refreshed 2008 new era in hang gliding.

Lloyd Licher    USHPA/USHGA/SCHGA: this organization evolute is a direct result of Lloyd’s specific direction and oversight. His administrative and legal wisdom in writing the original articles of incorporation retained great freedom to individual pilots, and allowed
hang gliding the means to be free of direct control of the US federal government. Neil believes that "Lloyd is responsible for creating the first and only “self-regulating” national and international (flight) organization."  However, Self-Soar Association (S-SA) preceded Lloyd's action, but teased Lloyd into action to form something more palatable and organizationally successful. Lloyd was experienced with the structure of his employer Soaring Society of America (SSA).  Historian Neil Larson has it: "The credit due him for this monumental and utterly impossible task has been overlooked by the entire flying community." More could be done by the current USHPA to recognize Lloyd M. Licher’s contribution to modern Hang Gliding.

Taras Kiceniuk, Jr.    Icarus series. Dynamic soaring. Regenerative charging. Designer. Batso (modified Bat-Glider (Jim Foreman), modified Bamboo Butterfly (Richard Miller).  Icarus I, II tail-less biplane.   Icarus V tail-less monoplane).    Fun history on Icarus V.       Articulated Cane   

Tom Dickinson     Team builder, HG pilot, Batso team member. PhotoFly pilot. He was a founding Otto member. Honored as:   hosopter  is a hominid who flies up.   pterman    is a birdman.  Icaroid helper (one who has the spirit of Icarus as a flight-team member).

Dave Cronk   Designer, pilot, inventor, HG family cornerstone,

Dan Poynter    Parachute and hang glider publisher, self-publishing guru worldwide,  Author. Speaker. Historian.    The Parachute Manual by Dan Poynter.       BooK:  Hang Gliding.   Aerodynamic decelerators ....the guy that knows about the integration of members of the meta-class "hang gliders."

Tommy Thompson   He is active in the USHawks forum.

Terry Sweeney   HG renaissance pioneer. Leader.    Sweeney's Gilder ...classic famous video, award winner.

Rich Grigsby 

Adrian Thomas         PG        General.

Ken Baier 

John Reynoldson

Ian Clark                            Skytrek

Rick Masters        Flight Log           Dead Man's Curve for PG.  PDMC.

Roy Haggard    Innovative designer A+; inventor.

Dick Boone    ...Richard Boone      Designer.   Dawn and others. Bill Bennett. Also, independent. Progressive Aircraft.  Strut-stayed TCF.  Innovator.  Dawn Comp.

Michael A. Markowski  Leader, author, publisher, HG builder, aeronautical engineer, EAA Hall of Fame inductee.    About.    Skysurfer.  Eastern branch of Self-Soar Association.  Obtain great reprint of James Means trilogy.  Hang Gliders Bible. Manufacturer.  EAA Hall of Fame.

Bob Trampenau Designer, builder, manufacturer. Founder and owner of Seedwings trademark internationally.
Hang Glider Weekly was publisher  of some key facts on the innovative company Seedwings with founder, designer, inventor Bob Trampenau.  We have strong reason to look to roots of VG --variable geometry-- in Seedwings. The company's  Sensor's fiberglass curved wing tips and the enclosed cross bar were invented by Trampenau and first flown in 1976 and shown in Hang Glider Weekly. He further invented wire braced washout struts in 1978 now used on all topless hang gliders and the wrap-around Mylar leading edge pocket in 1979 all before the UP Comet. Trampenau continued inventing;  and he first HGMA certified the curved wing tip, enclosed cross bar, and an all-wire trailing edge reflex bridle stability system and VG. The wire-braced washout struts and wire-reflex bridles are the two most important stability safety features on today's hang gliders. Another safety-and performance-feature that is significant are the flaps on a hang glider. Seedwings owner Bob Trampenau invented the current flap system in 1992,  and as yet no one has copied it. The Seedwings  trademark is internationally operated out of the headquarters in California.

Bill Brooks     Longbow hang glider, Pilcher project, pedal-assisted HG, leader, harness designer,  William Brooks, Ph.D. in aeronautical design, Pegasus Aviation, technical officer in microlights BMAA,

Mike Harker   Pioneering pilot

Larry Newman    Hang glider pilot, adventurer. Balloonist, he was a crewman on the Double Eagle II, which was the first balloon to cross the Atlantic ocean, later he made the first balloon crossing of the Pacific ocean as crew member on the Double Eagle V.

Pete Brock    aka: Peter Brock, HG pilot, HG manufacturer, part designer, HG business owner: UP or Ultralite Products, presented Rogallo with a Rogallo,  1982 USHGA Presidential Citation. Son HG pilot Hall Brock.  Story.  He came to a HG reunion in 2008 of the Big Blue Sky.   1975 Escape Country meet.

Bryan Allen  Man-powered across the English Channel. And much more.

Christopher Starbuck       (image is off our site)     

Christopher Starbuck    March 2007 photo    ...since 1973... http://ifly4funn.blogspot.com/2007_03_01_archive.html 


Davis Straub  Competition athlete, nomadic publisher,  competition critic, OZ Report.

GH       Graeme Henderson, HG pilot, JD promoter, New Zealander living in Australia, controversial interpretations ever centralizing JD.D

Tony Prentice  Designer in 1960s forward, pilot, historian, builder, researcher, leader,
[ Hon.Mem..HGAusa #004 ], author, innovator, test pilot, vintage research collaborator, Pilcher research, Stephan Nitsch researcher,

Brett Snellgrove  Analyst, pilot, builder, historian, inventor, designer, observer, researcher, multi-discipline pilot

Jim Zeiset  

Jos Guggenmos      GenLink

David Prentice  

Jon Durand Jnr

Mike Meier        Author, commercial leader, pilot, designer, test pilot,

Jeff Goin   Author, publisher, group leader, bridge to electric assist, instructor, guide,

Jonathan     * aka. NMErider.   * NMERider's Channel. *Gliders     In return, he reached H-4 within one year. He has been super-additive with his super video coverage of his flights and experiences.

Joe Greblo  Meta-instructor, leader, pilot, stunt pilot actor, site savior, exemplary HG business owner, +

Bruce Carmichael  Aerodynamicist.

Dennis Pagen  Author, meta-instructor, leader.

Michael Robertson

Steve Wendt  

Peter Lissaman  Aerodynamicist, engineer, AeroVironment, Inc., consultant,, bee flight,

Larry Mauro  Leading manufacturer, innovator, Easy Riser, Solar Riser.  LM1    EZRiser-video

John K. Moody

Eric Raymond

Andy Beem         Andrew Beem       

Bill Watson

George Uveges  Photographer, soaring pilot, HG renaissance photographer, bridge SSA-to-S-SA.

Bill Allen               Photographer, author, pilot

Tom Peghiny

Betty Pfeiffer       BF1

Bill "Willy" Armstrong       aka:   Bill Armstrong      aka: Willy Armstrong        1970s HG pilot; continental USA endurance record flight over 11 hr.   Returns to join Torrey Hawks in San Diego, CA. 
July 11, 2010: Landed in Black's Beach, took dip in ocean; BobK, Darrell Hambly (SentekEngineering vario of 1989-1992; 10 of one, 150 of another).  Loan a DVD that was an audio song set; he intended a 16 lesson pilot-training DVD.    Bill has all his logbooks and membership cards; some 83 hang gliders flown.

Steve Stackable, repair at Torrey Pines: " Wing Doctor"    July 10, 2010, motorcycle- related knee challenge.  

Ken Baier       

Steve Stackable

Anne Quéméré

Dave Culp

Greg DeWolf                     Fly America          See Note

Mark Stucky     Author, test pilot, research pilot, Air Force test pilot, NASA test pilot, early renaissance hang glider pilot,

Gary Osoba         Pilot extraordinaire, early manufacturer, designer, leader, site finder, dynamic soaring, bridge wide gliding world,

Malcolm Jones

Laurent de Kalbermatten

Dave Broyles   Article set.  Author, pilot, observer, +

Peter Birren  

Mark Vaughn    Multi-faceted pilot, HG photographer, communicator, dreamer, commentator, author, private pilot since 1978, started HG in 1987 gladly ... He wants us to know VNE.

Fred Ballard ... giving so very many a great Lift in life..

Brad Hall     Pioneer, leader, extensive service

Lynn McLaughlin   Skillful support A+

Pat Denevan           Part of his history.

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Chuck Slusarczyk             Charles J. Slusarczyk. 

Powered hang glider with reduction drive:
US Patent 4262863.
Glider Supplies became known as CGS Aviation, CGS Hawk, CGS Hawk --BIG BOY.    Manufacturer.  Warmed hang gliding with family aviation ...
Inventor, patent holder.  Leader.   Pilot.   Instructor.  
HG renaissance pioneer. Ultralight legend.   EAA Hall of Fame.
Early Otto Member. 
EAA Hall of Fame - 1999 CGS Hawk Designer Chuck Slusarczyk was honored by being chosen one of the first three inductees into the EAA Ultralight Hall of Fame in its inaugural year.           Autobio Note.

Richard Cobb     aka:   REC  aka: Wind Drifter.    Profound multifaceted leader growing hang gliding ...

Neil Larson     USHGA#024 and official first official HG organization historian. Biography.  Confirmer of the Newport Beach Otto Hill at Harbor View Nature Park. Early instructor, pilot, leader, encourager, artist.    HGAusa#002. 

   Ken W. de Russy   Advanced Instructor PG/HG, "the collector guy", Hang Gliding Museum. Pilot.  First member of Channel Islands Hang Gliding Association  CIHGA. See some of his cards.   Otto #13,859     USHGA #5114.    Card of 1972-1973 set: Ken de Russy   .... Otto member      See: Related article.       

And see special story: One of the Living-Legend Lifters ... bi-wingual Collector Guy


Mitch McAleer  

Eddie Paul     aka: Eddie Paul Whitney     Builder, designer, manufacturer, show-set rapid builder, problem-solver, inventor, replica builder, custom manufacturing, author, EPI Industries, stuntman,    EP1   EP2     

Werner Eck  Active leader, collaborator, innovator, "Werner Eck e-drive," 

Toni Roth     E-Lift System  

We invite an associate editorship to cover the doings of Werner Eck, Toni Roth, Casaba Lemak, and others in the assistive launch e-lift systems    Vid1   Vid2   Vid3 

Csaba Lemak     Involved in electric assist of PG hang gliders.

Recent nominations that we have received:

Chris Santacroce - The Best All-Around Pilot in the US
Tom Truax - California Cross Country State Record Holder, aka, the Sundowner
Will Gadd - World distance record holder and para-motored across America
Mad Mike Kung - Aerobatics Pilot who flew across the English Channel
Othar Lawrence - Red Bull Sponsored Aerobatics Pilot
SAT Team - Paragliding Aerobatics Gods, inventors of the SAT Maneuver
Red Bull Air Force - Athletes pushing the extremes
Kari Castle - Best female pilot in the US, both hang gliding and paragliding
Mitch McAleer - Incredible Hang Glider and Paraglider pilot who had the hang gliding looping world record.
Claire Bernier & Zeb Roche - French couple who has paraglided off the 7 highest summits of each continent including Everest

Richard Pearse

Glenn Phillips

Jim Johns

David Beardslee     Alternate Internet spelling: Beardsley.      Thousands upon thousands of tandems since 1974.   http://tinyurl.com/DavidBeardslee888LIFT    May run for  Region 3 director in 2009.

Dad of Glenn Phillips

John Burke

David Cook

Dave Chapman       test pilot for SuperFloater, leader,     Ref1    Ref2    gRef3

Trip Mellinger
Gerry Breen

Bernard Danis

Glenn Hammond Curtiss
Carl Rickard Nyberg
Augustus Moore Herring
Dr Wilhelm Kress
Dick Howell
Karl Jatho
Traian Vuia

Norman Burr  

Steve Seibel    Exemplary student, author, flight analyst, correspondent, experimental pilot,  
                              His Acknowledgements


Steve Pearson      test pilot, technical hang glider author,

Gérard Thévenot                      2002 FAI note

Joanne Faust     Piloted: Seagull II and the first Lovejoy Quicksilver.  Witnessed Newport Beach trash-kite construction and flight that announced a kite movement that spawned the birth of S-SA, L&S, KITESA, USHGA, HGW, HGAusa, and more. Just inland of the early 60s point was the later 1971 Otto Meet that cinched the flowering of the renaissance of hang gliding in the world. Synergistic bolt founder of hang gliding publishing.

Carol Velderrain   Dedicated make-a-difference unsung heroine of early USHGA.

Karlis Skaubitis - c.1903.
Built a quadraplane glider

The First Student Society for Aeronautics and Flight Technology - 1909
Built a biplane hang glider which they flew frequently in the vicinity of Riga.

Lativa pioneers http://latvianaviation.com/Pioneers.html

Claude (Claudius) Honoré Desiré Dornier .     aka:  Claude Dornier.    Claudius Dornier.   Towing gliders with some of his aircraft.  Propellers. Metal.

James Ricketts    c1896. Chanute team?  Did he fly?

Don Mitchell, Jim Maupin, Molt Taylor, Witold Kasper,

Larry Tudor    FAI CIVL records    J. C. Brown flew with him. Home: 2005 Denver, Colorado.   Wife: Claudia.  Daughter: Ariann (figure skating).   Larry was doing some speed skating. Larry is well covered in Davis Straub's book Cloudsuck.  

John McNeely

David Glover 

John Heiney    

John Wickham      John has done more for the SHGA, over more years, than virtually anyone else. He planted their trees, was president for several years, and he is still is actively involved.

Jim Lee

Gerry  Gerry Grossnegger  - "Scare" is a hang-bum who does all sorts of computer consulting when he's on the ground.  He's been flying since about '87.  He is an Advanced-rated pilot in both Canada and the U.S.A. with all the special skill signoffs, as well as Instructor, Tandem, and Ultralight.  Author of the Hang Gliding / Paragliding Association of Canada's Towing Procedures Manual  Scare has been lifting hang gliding news at a very strong level at the Oz Report.

LeRoy Grannis                                    photographer                   Interview

Bob Grant

Paul Dees       Early leader, author. He is thinking of nano trike these days. 

Jonny Durand

Ignazio Bernardi

Guido Gehrmann

Dick Cheney                      Early pioneer.   Child builder.   Great Salt Lake Sails in Kaysville, UT

Frederick William Bickford               Fred Bickford     Competition pilot. XC. Photographer.  Contributor.     Supporter.

Bob Kuczewski    Pilot four ways ...  Leader.   Region 3 director: 2009.  Torrey Hawks founder. Member: Torrey Hawks, SDHGPA, Sylmar HGA, Crestline Soaring Society, Soboba Soaring Society, E-Team, USHPA, HGAusa #23, ... and several others that I don't remember.      BobK.   Bob K.  Founding synergizer of the branching chapter structure of HGAusa on June 13, 2009.

Rob and Dianne McKenzie

Dave Saffold   ?     Glide On    "Rich McCandless and I made the first local tandem flight, down the Elings Main Hill in 1974"Frame (hang) gliders"     Ken's mentor
Hang Gliding Santa Barbara Summer 1974

Werner Johannessen, the grand “old” man of hang gliding in Norway

Working:   January 10, 2009, Al surfaces and will be giving some notes.     Nice.  Cool!
Al Waddill

ANN Special Feature: Groen Brothers' Al Waddill on a New Type Of Military Rotorcraft 09.04.06

Al Waddill is vice president for sales at Groen Brothers Aviation... a company you might know as a top-notch developer of gyroplanes. But Groen Brothers is known around the Pentagon for something else... developing the next generation of military rotorcraft. Al recently spoke with ANN's Jim Campbell about what Groen calls a rotodyne.

Working:  http://www.vimcor.com/research/gnba_benchmark_11012006.pdf   Page 23, bio mentions hang gliding.

"Al W. Waddill, Vice President of Sales     

Groen Brothers Aviation

 Mr. Waddill has a strong background in sales, having spent his entire career in sales or sales management. This, combined with a lifelong interest in aviation, makes Mr. Waddill perfectly suited for the position of GBA Vice President of Sales. A licensed pilot since his seventeenth birthday, he was an active member of the United States Hang Gliding Association (USHGA) during its first ten years. He opened and operated two USHGA flight parks, taught hang gliding and organized national flying competitions. For six years, Mr. Waddill published the premier magazine for the cellular telephone industry and sponsored national conferences annually. He was responsible for the national sales effort for the magazine's advertisers and distribution, as well as the conference sponsors and attendees. Mr. Waddill earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Houston. He is a licensed stockbroker, formerly with Dean Witter. "



To find poetry, have some with you.

hosopter  is a hominid who flies up

pterman    is a birdman

  James Trujillo   "J.T."             
The FLOCKER Rocky Mountain Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association
Fellow Feathers of Denver
1973  NASSA   North American Sky Sailing Association

Pilot Rating: ADVANCED  By: SCOTT WESTFALL  Date: 12/16/1991
Ratings and Special Skills:  AT FL LGO PL TAT TFL TST PA  CL FSL RLF TUR X-C

Pilot Rating: INTERMEDIATE  By: ROSS ROBINSON  Date: 8/1/2004
Ratings and Special Skills:

Nick Greece        Profile       


Jeff Shapiro     Art1        Art2(two pages)        Art3        Art4