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Age: 50
Weight: 152
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Model: MacPara Muse III
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Paramotor Frame: Miniplane 115cm prop with

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January 20, 2017
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I fly in Palm Bay, Florida at the “Compound” 95% of the time which requires forward launches about 93% of the time. Therefore, although I’ve been flying for approximately 8 years, I rarely do reverse launches. On this particular morning it was very windy, I’m guessing 12mph or more. Against my better judgment, I decided to attempt a reverse launch after seeing my more experienced friend take off twice. I pulled the wing up successfully. As I was making my turn to launch, I realized the wing was off to my left. I decided to abort and began turning to face the wing. As I was turning the wing/wind took control and body slammed me face down into the pavement. The “comfort” bar hit me in the rib, slightly knocking the wind out of me. I laid there for probably 30 to 45 seconds catching my breath. Once I stood up I saw blood streaming from the glove on my right hand. After a closer look it was obvious the prop cut the back of my hand. This required a trip to urgent care where they filled the cut with crazy glue and closed it with butterfly bandages. Although it bled badly, there was no damage to nerves, muscle, or bone. My Miniplane needed a new prop, netting , and few other minor parts. About $450 in damage. Hand has healed well. Ego still slightly bruised :)

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