Sun Valley Paraplegic Paragliders in New York Times


This morning's New York Times profiles the Able Pilot program in Ketchum, putting paraplegic vets in paragliders, high over the hills and streams of the Wood River Valley. The program uses a new device called the Phoenix, with a wheelchair (instead of a traditional harness) attached to a parachute.

The program, with the help from Sun Valley Adaptive Sports, is paid for with grants from the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

"I didn't think I'd ever fly again," said Anthony Radetic, a former helicopter pilot who broke his back. Radetic said for years after his injury he was too embarrassed to even leave the house, particularly after he was forced to leave the Army.

A tandem paraglide flight using the Phoenix.
  • Chang W. Lee, The New York Times
  • A tandem paraglide flight using "the Phoenix."