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PARAPLEGIC PILOT TO CROSS THE USA IN LSA TRIKE

Oct, 2006
Jim Carlaccini, a pilot who is also a paraplegic and John Long will be taking two LSA aircraft from Florida to California in October and November. The trip corresponds with Jim's arrival for the Copper State Fly In at Casa Grande, AZ and then the AOPA Fly-In at Palm Springs, CA, before flying on to San Francisco and back thru the Grand Canyon and Momument Valley.

The transcontinental trek will help raise awareness that with enough determination the disabled can do all the things the rest of us can do, given the will and good training.
Jim is the paraplegic who made his solo just a few weeks ago in a specially modified LSA Airborne Trike, with a Streak III Wing. Jim's trike has a four stroke, Rotax 912-UL, and hand controls for throttle and front wheel brakes. Since Jim has no sensation in his lower body John will be flying as his support crew.

John will be flying the FPNA A-22 VALOR, equipped with an 80 hp Rotax four stroke. He will fly about 1/4 mile off Jim's right wing for support.

This trip is the first time a paraplegic has ever flown solo across the country and back in a weight shift aircraft. We are very proud to make this announcement and to have a part in Jim's attempt.
We have set up a special e-mail for Jim at FPNA. Anyone wishing to encourage him can e-mail him at JimC@FPNA.com.

The proposed route will take them from Sebring, through the panhandle of Florida, along the Gulf Coast and thru Texas, before turning Northwest to cross thru New Mexico into Arizona and then on to California. ANYONE wishing to fly a leg of this trip with us can e-mail John at johnl@FPNA.com and provide information including location and aircraft data.

They will be maintaining a cruising speed of 55 knots and altitudes appropriate for the route of flight.

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