Wow, what an amazing week. This past week we were honored to be able to provide sponsorship to yet another candidate. Ben Pechacek is a combat veteran that suffered the results of a failed medical procedure. During the procedure he was rendered a paraplegic and lost the use of his legs. It was his sheer determination that during his rehabilitation he regained limited use of his legs and lower extremities.
After the initial medical procedure, Ben found himself in a very dark place. His life had been dramatically altered and so many opportunities had been taken from him. To his credit he has fought hard through some incredibly difficult times and he has started his own business. We were so fortunate to be able to come across his story and help him reach his goal of getting into the air once again.
On Oct 4, 2018, we met with Eric Dufour of Paratour in Valkaria FL. Eric is a legend in the sport of paramotoring and has an expertise of training individuals on trikes and quads. Eric has also invented a Skykart that is a semi-remote controlled paramotor quad that enables new pilots to take the controls of a paramotor and fly, as easily as driving a car. Once the introductions were made, class began. Over the course of a few days there was ground school class discussions and plenty of taxi and kiting practice. When the conditions were right Ben slipped the grasps of earth and climbed into the sky for his first solo quad flight. It was such a great experience to see the happiness and joy on his face as his dream was realized. We can not thank Eric Dufour enough for all of the work and support he put in, helping us achieve this dream.
As of this writing Ben is still completing his training with numerous flights under his belt. We can not wait to see where this new found freedom takes him. Always the best and Blue Skies Ben!!!
This past weekend we were fortunate enough to attend a paramotor fly in. It was the "Fly It If You Got It" fly in hosted by Jeff Pearson out of Rebel Field near Vale, NC. I am not sure the total number of attendees, both pilot and observer, but I am sure that everyone in attendance had a great time.
We were so fortunate to be able to share our mission with the various attendees and help spread the word of our support to the adaptive veteran community. As a new approach to branding, Resurgence PPG organized our first supported cross country flying event. We had a total of 10 pilots that endeavored to complete a 55 mile circuit that consisted of two stops at airports in the local area. The morning found us in fog and very low clouds with a light variable wind that proved stubborn in moving the clouds out of the area. After almost a two hour wait the gaggle of pilots was able to launch and be on their way.
The interesting dynamic of a simple cross country is that it is not in fact simple at all. Given the variables, to include weather, pilots are always having to make go/ no go decisions. Some of the pilots found themselves caught in the weather and low clouds, which made for some off field landings. Other pilots were able to navigate to the first way point, while others diverted to the second way point for safety. Once the various pilots were collected up, there were only 3 pilots that were able to complete the adventure. This feat speaks to the true challenge of a cross country flight.
We could not have completed such an adventure without the help and support of our chase vehicle staff. Without them we would have been struggling to get everyone home safely. For that I am forever grateful.
With the cross country experience behind us, we enjoyed the rest of the weekend with friends, good food, music and fireworks. It was a fitting end to a great weekend of flying. We are so humbled by the support we have received and look forward to making new friends and new adventures in the future.
Always the best and Blue Skies.
We are so excited to announce that our next candidate has been identified.
Ty David Hayden is a Marine that served twelve and a half years before receiving his medical review and separation. While serving Ty unfortunately suffered a heart attack. After completing his recovery and rehabilitation, while on his way into work, a car pulled out in front of him while he was on his motorcycle. He hit the car with an impact speed over 60 mph. He spent the next five months recovering from his injuries. Subsequent to his convalescence he was placed into a medical review process, after which he separated from the Marines, receiving a 100% disability rating from the VA.
The mission of Resurgence PPG is to help our veterans that have experienced life changing events realize a new and therapeutic adventure sport while building strong relationships that will benefit the candidates for years to come.
We are so happy to be able to name Ty as our next recipient and are super excited to announce that he will be receiving his training from Josh Boden at Nebraska Paramotor. It is a beautiful area to fly and there are a great group of pilots that will be able to welcome Ty into the sport while flying over the "Field of Dreams".
Finally, all this would not be possible without the charitable support of Jeff and Linda Fair. Their generosity has enabled Resurgence PPG to move forward with a number of program initiatives that I hope will really build our brand and support our mission. Without the Fair family's support, this would not happen. Thank you so much Jeff and Linda.
We are so excited. This past Friday, June 15 a number of pilots got together to help us film our first true commercial. We had a great time flying around Crowders Mountain NC. It is a gorgeous state park just on the edge of the urban sprawl of Charlotte, NC. It was amazing having the jagged rocks and cliffs on one side and the skyline of a metropolitan area on the other. Once completed this video will help us share our mission more concisely and with a greater audience. It's all about sharing this passion and finding a way to get our adaptive veterans into the air. Look forward for more to come. Until then, there is a sneak peak that was published in the Shelby Star.
I have been fortunate enough to meet some amazing people through my limited involvement in this paramotor community. One of those individuals is Matt Woodworth. He has been one of the personalities that I have enjoyed following and watching on YouTube as his own progression through the sport has matured. I recently had a chance to join him for an impromptu fly in of sorts. After flying we had the chance to share dinner together and we exchanged stories about life and how we ended up where we were. I shared my story about my time in Iraq and subsequent founding of Resurgence PPG. This video is his response to the impact that my story had on his own view of me, veterans and social issues in general. I appreciate his perspective and how he shares our story. Enjoy
What a busy few weeks for Resurgence PPG. The beginning of April found me back at the Lake Wales Airport with the folks from Aviator PPG and the Paradigm Aerobatic Team. I was lucky enough to help them as they were preparing their equipment for the Sun 'N Fun Airshow in Lakeland FL the following week. It was a great experience to be in the company of some of the most talented pilots in the world. They were super accommodating and welcomed me with open arms. I am truly humbled by their friendship.
Once I returned from Florida I spent a few short weeks flying locally around the Charlotte area with some new paramotor friends. I was fortunate enough to participate in supporting the Independence Fund's First Annual Heroes Golf Classic at the Ballantyne Resort in Charlotte NC. Mark Huneycutt and I were fortunate enough to be able to fly over and around the resort sharing the joy and accessibility of the sport with all the attendees. It is a flight I won't soon forget.
As April slipped into May, I was on the road again heading to the Bad Apples Hodges Field Fly In down in Americus GA. This was an exceptional event put on for the first time by the Bad Apples club out of Georgia. The field was amazing, the flying fantastic and the people were awesome. This was exactly why I wanted to get into this amazing sport. We received plenty of friendly support from the pilots and friends at the fly in. It made my first flying experience at such an event super memorable.
Huge thanks to Eric Farewell, Travis Burns, Kyle Mooney, Mark Huneycutt, Matt Woodworth, Ross Gassaway, Andrew Solano, and everyone else that made the experience truly amazing.
We are looking forward to another fly in later this summer in Mountain City TN. Hope to see everyone there.
Blue Skies and God Bless
This image is of Todd Scandrett and Mark Huneycutt flying over the Ballantyne Resort and Golf Club in support of the Independence Fund Heroes Classic Golf Tournament, April 2018.
After months of planning, scheming, waiting and training, I am finally in the air as new paramotor pilot. The realized dream is one that I am so excited to share with so many others. The beauty and serenity of solo flight is absolutely amazing. The first flight at my home field, away from the security blanket of instructors was more nerve racking than my first training flight. Taking a deep breath, remembering what I had learned and having faith in my abilities quickly found me slipping the bonds of earth and taking flight once again.
Since that first flight back home, I have made another 13 successful flights and continued to improve my technique and confidence. This is such an amazing sport I truly hope to be able to share it with more and more veterans. Keep watching us and check out our Facebook and Instagram accounts to stay in touch. Blue Skies.
What a whirlwind of life we have experienced over the past two and a half months.
First Resurgence PPG made their official Paramotor community debut at Wings Over Winter 2018, hosted by Aviator PPG at the Lake Wales, FL airport. This was such a great event and one that we are so thankful that Aviator PPG hosted. We had the opportunity to meet so many amazing people and get our name out into the community so they understood our mission and focus of engaging adaptive veterans through this amazing sport.
Shortly after Wings Over Winter, Resurgence PPG was fortunate enough to sponsor our second nominee through the full pilot training course at Aviator PPG. Christian Cooper showed up like a superstar and did such an amazing job all the way through training. We are so excited to see his enthusiasm for getting into the air and looking forward to many great adventures that I am sure will come.
Unfortunately life happened to get in the way of some of our other progress as a family member had to have a major and unexpected surgery. The recovery process has been tough but we're making it. Much like the mission of Resurgence PPG, our focus now is building our own resiliency through rehabilitation and getting back on track.
Thank you to all of our supporters and donors. Without the support of you, our mission would never be met. Blue Skies and God Bless
Well it was a month of waiting, weather, scheduling conflicts, and life but Matty Rowan was finally able to get into the air today. The great folks at Aviator PPG were able to get him a total of 10 successful flights on a beautiful Florida day. Following the flights Matty was excited to say that his twin daughters were big fans of watching daddy go fly. It's awesome that he has another activity that even his little girls enjoy watching.
We are so excited for his progress and look forward to working closely with Matty and all of our future pilots as we expand our outreach to help our adaptive veteran community. Our next stop is the Wings Over Winter Fly In to be held at Aviator PPG in Lake Wales FL, Jan 5-7 2018. We'll be sure to get plenty of photos as we make our industry debut.
Congratulations again Matty, we're proud of you!!!
Resurgence PPG is fortunate to have gained our first Ambassador pilot, Matty Rowan. We came in contact with Matty while he was actually conducting his ground school training at Aviator PPG in an effort to become a Paramotor pilot. His story is amazing. He is a prior service Army Ranger who served multiple combat tours with the illustrious 75th Ranger Regiment. After his separation from active duty, he spent 5 years as a contractor, providing various levels of dignitary security in Iraq. Upon his return to the real world back here in the states, he was determined to have a 100% disability rating. His focus has since been on being a single father to three lovely daughters, and raising awareness of veteran related issues.
As is the true nature of the Army, Matty wanted to make sure to never leave a comrade behind. He made sure to nominate a battle buddy of his, that he felt was worthy of our scholarship. Resurgence PPG is happy to announce the winner of our Aviator PPG pilot course scholarship is Christian “Coop” Cooper. Coop served with distinction with the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, with combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. He entered the private contractor world in 2004, providing everything from route security to dignitary protection. In 2010, he began his transition back to a normal life in the states and perfecting his own amazing artwork. Coop was also determined to have a 100% service connected disability. His transition has found him making beautiful freelance art work and spending time enjoying adventure hobbies such as kitesurfing and speed flying.
We at Resurgence PPG are so fortunate to have a true team of friends and brothers as we award our first scholarship. It is an honor for us to be able to give back to Christian Cooper for everything he has done for our country. It is an amazing demonstration of friendship and continued selfless service that Matty Rowan made sure to extend this opportunity to him. Both of these fine Americans are true heroes as they work to bring a focus to veteran issues, to include military transition support, PTSD and individual mental wellness.
As we look forward to making a positive impact on our veteran community, we ask for you to join us in supporting both Matty and Christian. Please donate and help us create an amazing experience for both these guys, and the many other service members that they hope are never left behind.