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June 14, 2012
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He's got a ticket to glide: For Appeal reporter, flight is Sierra morning glory

The horse trails below painted a different picture of the Sierra from what I had known by way of drives to Lake Tahoe and day hikes.

I couldn't take my eyes off the trails, spreading through the peaks and valleys, even though flight instructor Paul Hamilton probably would have preferred that I'd kept my focus on keeping the engine-powered glider straight.

We were 10,000 feet above sea level in his Apollo Trike light-sport aircraft - which he jokingly called a "motorcycle with wings" - when he let me control its wings as we drifted on the up- and downdrafts. We …

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The Nevada Appeal Updated Jun 27, 2012 06:54AM Published Jun 14, 2012 04:03AM Copyright 2012 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.