As you probably have figured out by now my name is Sam. Actually, I became Sam here in the U.S. because most of the people could not pronounce my real name correctly, which is the same reason why I’ll leave my full name a secret. Originally I am from one of the Baltic states, Lithuania. I settled here in one of the Chicago suburbs back in the early 90s.
    Aviation and flying has been my soft spot for as long as I can remember. I was always amazed by human flight. As a child, my favorite books were all about planes and pilots. After all these years I still remember all the names of the planes and pilots from the early days of aviation.  Like the Wright brothers, who started this whole mess. C. Lindbergh, first non-stop flight over the Atlantic Ocean. S. Darius and S. Girenas, first Lithuanian pilots to cross the Atlantic Ocean only to be tragically shot down by German military. They then flew to Floyd Bennett Field in New York and on July 15, 1933, they flew across the Atlantic Ocean, covering a distance of 3,984 miles (6,411 kilometers) without landing, in 37 hours and 11 minutes. However they crashed on July 17, 0:36 AM (Berlin Time) by the village of Kuhdamm, near Soldin, Germany (now Pszczelnik, Myslibórz area, Poland),only 650 km short of their goal — Kaunas .  Also J. Kairys, one of the best acrobatic pilots in the world and V. Chkalov, this guy took off in the USSR and landed his ANT25 in the U.S.! He made this non-stop flight in the early 30s, flew over the North Pole even! Just amazing... and many more courageous and smart men and women.
    My dream was to become a pilot myself, but in life you can’t always get what you dream about. I caved in eventually to my parents wishes and became a mechanical engineer. My university has a sports aviation club, which I ended up joining since that was the closest I could get to aviation and flying a JAK-50 at that time. But that was a lifetime ago...
    In 2006 I saw a soft wing flyer over Lake Michigan. That was my first encounter with paragliding, and after long and detailed research I found an instructor, bought the equipment and late in ’07 started fulfilling my dream...
    Let me tell you, it feels really good to dangle your feet in the air away from the every day routine, and it’s not as hard or expensive as you may think. What I’m saying is, if I can do it so can you!
    On the page “Good Stuff”, I will try to put as much information as possible about this sport and I will try to be as objective as I can. Feel free to e-mail me if you want to know about flying times, places, equipment repair (as I mentioned before I am a mechanical engineer) such as engine problems, carburetor adjustments, aluminum welding or fabrication, or if you’re just taking your first steps towards flying. From experience I can tell you that you will have your share of broken cage elements, motor problems etc. Also if you’re interested I can build custom cages to fit your needs. And you can by a one of the best wings in the market made by                             just click on next page “Ozone Store” for more info.

    See you in the air! (Or from it...)
                -- Flying Sam
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