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About Us

Paraglide Texas is a paragliding company in the Austin TX area. We offer instruction, gear, & tours. You will learn how to fly safely and confidently. We focus on safety for you, your ground crew (for towing operations), your chase crew, and the public. Our course also provides you with the knowledge to understand the weather and how it affects your flying. We'll train you how to safely and efficiently launch by running off a hill or mountain and through use of a tow winch system. Knowledge and safety will help ensure you have a wonderful lifetime of paragliding flight.

Let's go fly!
In The Media
2008
Capital City Sports Report... article by Kyle Dalton (July issue)
News8Austin "Fit For Friday" w Amy Hadley... tandem (5/30)
News8Austin "Fit For Friday" w Amy Hadley... tandem (3/21)
News8Austin... writeup of Annual Kick-off Party (1/6)
News8Austin... television coverage of Annual Kick-off Party (1/5&6)
Austin Chronicle... our ad (1/4&11)
 
Instructors





 
V. Paul Greenwood, USHPA #79721
Co-founder of Paraglide Texas
Paragliding Instructor, certified by USHPA
Liberty Hill, Texas

Background...
Paul has made his home in the Austin TX area since the early 1990's. He moved to the area after earning a degree in electrical engineering from Oklahoma State University. He spent many years as a design engineer for high tech companies in and around Austin.

3 State Records...[click here]
Paul set 3 state records for distance paragliding in the U.S. in July 2005 (Oklahoma, Nebraska, and South Dakota).

Tow Winch development...
With his background, he is at home designing and developing mechanical, hydraulic and electrical systems. To this extent, he developed a hydraulic tow winch we affectionately call “V-tow,” so named for ‘V. Paul Greenwood’ (better known as “V” to those of us in the paragliding world). V-tow is used to bring a paraglider airborne from the ground by attaching a tow line from the winch to the pilot. Typically, the pilot releases from ‘V-tow’ between 1,000’ and 2,000’ above the ground. The highest release to date is just over 3,200'! Whoohoo - - what a ride!

Other Info...
Paul is not only a top engineer, designer, pilot, and instructor; he's also an artist of modern and contemporary art. He's truly a one-of-a-kind individual. Check out a sampling of his artwork...[click here]

Important liability note from Paul Greenwood...
"Remember, paragliding can be a dangerous sport. I also believe it is the greatest experience I've personally ever undertaken. We'll be learning many ways to improve safety and hopefully learn ways to keep you from getting hurt. I, however, do not accept any liability for injuries or death that may occur due to participation in this sport. Instruction is not required in the United States to fly paragliders. I instruct to help you be a better paraglider pilot than you might be without instruction."





 
Gary Leach, USHPA #81212
Co-founder of Paraglide Texas
Assistant Paragliding Instructor
Austin, Texas

Background...
Gary was born and raised in Texas, and has been in the Austin TX area since the mid-1990s. He earned his petroleum engineering degree from Texas A&M University and his MBA from Texas State University. After spending his first years in the oil & gas business, he's been in Austin auditing information technology systems.

1 State Record...[click here]
Gary set the state record for distance paragliding in Kansas in July 2005.

Other Info...
Gary assists Paul with many of Paul's paragliding-related development projects; in fact, Gary was the test pilot on Paul's V-tow project... and he was really glad it all worked!

Gary also wrote a song about paragliding...[click here]

Articles by Gary Leach...
Mid-States Record Setting Vacation
Lucky Number 13!
Pack's Defining Word... "Awesome"

Check out Gary's personal paragliding page...[click here]

Important liability note from Gary Leach...

"Paragliding can be a dangerous sport. It is also one of the most satisfying and rewarding activities I've ever pursued. We'll be learning many ways to improve safety and hopefully learn ways to keep you from getting hurt. I, however, do not accept any liability for injuries or death that may occur due to participation in this sport. Instruction is not required in the United States to fly paragliders. I instruct to help you be a better paraglider pilot than you might be without instruction."





 
Amy Tomko, USHPA #80832
Assistant Paragliding Instructor
Liberty Hill, Texas

Assistant extraordinaire & demo specialist... that means "the real person in charge" :-)
 
Graduates & Students

Mike Wykoff
P2--2006
Paramotor 2010
 

Dan Bishop
P2--2007
Paramotor 2007
 

Butch Akin

P2--2007
 

Marc Spillman

P2--2007
Paramotor 2007
 

Shannon Lucas

P2--2007
Paramotor 2007
 

Roger Nathanson

P2--2007
Paramotor 2007
 

Caroline Smith

P2--2007
 

Shea Sullivan

P2--2007
Paramotor 2007
 

Karl Smith

P2--2007
 

Jeff McNutt

P2--2007
 

Chris Hopkins
(Australia)

P3--2007
 

Don Grenier

P2--2008
 

Jeff Azulay

P2--2008
 

Brian Sweeney

P2--2008
Paramotor
 

Scott Bounds

P2--2008
 

Russ Croman
P2--2009
Paramotor--2010
 

Alan Vest

P2--2009

Werner Nagy
P2--2009

Brad Aldrich

P2--2010

Kevin Lehnert

P2--2010

John Holder

P2--2010

Tom Ellis
P2 renewal--2010


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This could be YOU!
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Paraglide Texas  12002 Cabana Lane  Austin TX 78727-5905 USA
V. Paul Greenwood  USHPA #79721  Certified Instructor
Gary Leach  USHPA #81212  Assistant Instructor
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512.833.9361
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