|Carl Hiebert has his roots in a simple Mennonite farming community
in southern Ontario. Unlikely beginnings for a man who has become an adventurer,
entrepreneur, photographer and aviator.
In 1981, Carl's life direction took a drastic turn when he broke his back in a fluke hang-gliding accident. Dealing with that tragedy became his biggest challenge ever.
|Within two years he opened his own flight school, and
became Canada's first paraplegic flight instructor. In 1986, Carl fulfilled
an ambitious dream when he became the first person to fly across Canada in
an open-cockpit ultralight aircraft. His epic flight, conducted on behalf
of the Canadian Paraplegic Association, raised over $100,000 for the organization
and drew national media attention.
For the inspiration he has given fellow Canadians, Carl has been presented with numerous awards:
SHIELD - for enhancing
The Canadian Press named Carl one of Canada's top ten adventurer's, along with such people as astronaut Roberta Bondar. His photographs have appeared in national magazines in both Canada and the U.S.
"Only in the success of having risked and triumphed
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