(KUTV) People buy homes for all sorts of reasons; the size, the look, the price, or maybe even the number of bedrooms and bathrooms. For one Draper man itas all about that perfect location, a backyard that drops right off a cliff.
It's the ultimate high-flying, thrill-seeking backyard. In fact, it's got a launch pad that allows owner Brad Gunnuscio to soar with the eagles. Dan Rascon takes you "Inside the Story" on the flight deck of one man's backyard dream.
Here in this Draper neighborhood along Manilla Circle at the very end of a cul-de-sac there is something happening that will take your breath away. It's Brad Gunnuscio's paragliding launch pad. One minute he's soaring with the eagle; the next minute he's back home.
Bradas home is positioned at one of the most popular spots in the country for paragliding enthusiasts. It sits at the edge of a hill near the point of the mountain next to the State Flight Park. Brad said, "I've been around the world and there's not too many places you can go and launch and land from a backyard. It's right on the edge of paradise."
Brad knows flying; he's been doing it for 20 years and is considered a professional paragliding pilot and national champion. He's also an instructor and owner of a flight school; and when you love to paraglide it's all about location, location, location; that's what led him to buy his house. Brad said, "My friend built this house and I always said this is the sweetest house on the planet. So when it came available I was just blessed and lucky enough to be here. I'm super blessed to be here."
Paragliding is a sport that takes skill and practice, but for those with no skill there is still a way to enjoy it. It's called riding tandem; and that too can happen right in Brad's back yard. It costs about 5 to 7 thousand dollars to outfit yourself, plus all the lessons that are involved; but once you have the equipment and the know-how, you can fly for free.
For more information about Brad and Paraglide Utah go to: http://www.paraglideutah.com/
By: Dan Rascon
(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)