Monterey paragliating school owner John Breen says the company he founded will give kids the opportunity to fly for free in a helicopter with an instructor.
“It’s been something that we’ve talked about for a while,” Breen said.
“The kids are really interested in it, but we have a few issues with the equipment.”
He said they’re looking to expand to other countries, but he wants to do it right.
The company plans to debut its new gear in the fall.
It plans to offer a series of pilot-led courses and a training program.
Breen said he’s confident his technology can be successful.
“We’re hoping that it’s going to work and we’re hoping it works well enough to make people go out and buy it,” he said.
He says he’s hoping that by having students learn to fly the gear, the gear will also encourage them to take the lessons to improve their paragling skills.
The paraglocraft harness is made of fiberglass and comes with a harness to tie it to a parachute, a tether for a passenger and a safety net to help them hang from the harness.
The company has received a $5 million grant from the US Department of Defense to make it.
Breen and his partner are also developing a second, more advanced version, but that is still in development.
For more information about paragsliding, visit paragsliding.com or call (650) 828-1772.