Eagle Sarmont, a young Californian trying to ride a motorized hang-glider across the Atlantic Ocean to Paris, landed safely at the Montmagny airport 40 miles east of Quebec City.
The 28-year-old gliding enthusiast flew into Canada after an overnight stop at the Basin Harbor Club on Lake Champlain in Vermont. He planned to head northeast today to Sept-Isles, 295 miles down to the St. Lawrence River.
Sarmont hopes to reach the French capital in a month after a 6,000-mile flight via Greenland, Scotland and England. He said the trip will cost him between $12,000 and $15,000.
Flying a modified hang glider with a converted snowmobile engine that spins a propeller, Sarmont left Long Island Friday. He circled the the Statue of Liberty twice and pointed his craft north. Sarmont's red and yellow glider "Spirit of California" has a 34-foot wing span and an ultra-light frame with wheels.
The pilot sits in a sling-like seat surrounded by radio and navigational gear. It has a crusing speed of 35 miles per hour, a top speed of 55 miles per hour and a top altitude of 9,000 feet, Sarmont says.