James "Kiwi" Oroc is a paraglider pilot missing in Nevada. Last tracker point was seen on Saturday 22 August, at 2:14pm southwest of Eureka, Nevada.
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If you don't know Kiwi you've probably read his pieces in Cross country magazine and free flight. He's been a friendly big personality in paragliding for 30 years. Originally from New Zealand, he lived in Jackson Hole and more recently New Orleans in between flying adventures. He assisted search efforts when Xavier Murillo went missing in Peru.
Please help cover the fuel costs for this search. He had an Inreach running but its last track point was at 6000' agl.
Multiple paraglider/GA/commercial pilots are coming with planes and potentially helicopters. The military and civil air patrol are in the loop. Time is of the essence with storms expected later today.
Reavis 8:45AM Mon 24 August 2020
His last trackpoint was at 2:14pm on Saturday at 14500'. The strange thing is that it shows a speed of 2.4mph, probably too slow for thermalling or reserve drift. The leading theory is that he may have been separated from the device and it sent that last point in freefall. If that is what happened, he could have continued flying XC, thrown his reserve, or cascaded to the ground.
Benny and I searched roads along his likely courseline yesterday and SAR started scouring the area of the last trackpoint. They didn't find anything last night. We should know their strategy for today in an hour or two.
SAR is on the ground in Ely to refuel and will be searching soon.
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