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My experience with regular hang gliding & motorized hang gliding

Belated birthday present

I turned 21 back in January and my mom wanted to know what I wanted as a belated birthday present and I didn't know at the time so I thought about it for a while. Back in March while I was at home, I was on Facebook and saw that Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding up in the Rising Fawn, Georgia/Chattanooga, Tennessee area was doing a special deal which was a 1500ft tandem flight for only $129 that was only available to buy during the month of April, so I told my mom about it because I've gone hang gliding at Lookout Mountain in the past and loved it, but unfortunately we couldn't do anything at the time because out of state traveling was restricted. At the beginning of May, my mom messaged me a link about going motorized hang gliding because it was closer to us, therefore, easier to schedule, plus she found a deal to pay for a flight and said that I would get to fly further than when I go hang gliding, so I said that I would try it.

My experience of going motorized and regular hang gliding for the first time

Last Sunday, my Mom and I went to Jackson County Airport in Jefferson, Georgia so that I could go motorized hang gliding for the first time. Like hang gliding at Lookout Mountain was a learning experience, uncomfortable, and new for the first time I did it, so was motorized gliding last Sunday. I wasn't used to laying down and being hooked up to the glider when I went regular hang gliding when I was twelve years old. When I went motorized hang gliding last week, I wore a flight suit for the first time since I was seventeen when I went indoor skydiving as an early eighteenth birthday present, I also wore a pilot helmet with a headset. I sat behind the pilot with my legs stretched at an angle with the pilot sitting in front of me between my legs. I have metal plates in my hips which means that my hips and legs weren't happy with being stretched at an angle and I don't think my heels were happy either when the plane was turning before taking off and after landing. Anyway once we were in the air, I tried my best to ignore the pain and just enjoy the flight. I also wasn't used to the motor in the background and I made the right decision to bring gloves, but unfortunately, I forgot to put them on before we took off which caused my hands to be cold in the air, I think caused by either the plane's motor or the wind. I honestly thought that since I was sitting in the back, I wasn't gonna be able to help fly the hang glider that was attached to the plane, but I was able to fly the hang glider a little bit even though my hands were cold. My favorite part of going motorized hang gliding was either when we were flying over the lake and got close to the lake because I honestly thought we were going to actually fly into the lake or flying above and in the clouds. Overall though, I had a good time going motorized hang gliding for the first time last weekend.

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Adaptive Athlete with Cerebral Palsy. I currently bellyak, but I've also rock climbed, scuba dived, hang glided, indoor skydived, & parasailed in Belize. I won the Gwinnett County Positive Athlete Award for Adaptive Sports in 2015 and 2016 & I'm currently an ambassador for Bellyak.

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