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SCV Flugtag team has ‘wings’

Canyon High grads are among the elite 37 Flugtag teams selected to participate Nov. 10

Posted: November 4, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 4, 2012 2:00 a.m.

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Three members of the California Association for Paranormal Studies have been selected to build and launch their human-powered flying machine off a 30-foot high ramp on Nov. 10 at the Red Bull Flugtag event in San Francisco.

They will be among the 37 teams selected to appear at the event.

Matt Rose, founder of the paranormal studies group, will pilot the craft, which will be judged on distance and creativity before splashing down into the waters of McCovey Cove.

This is the 10th anniversary of the first U.S. Red Bull Flugtag event, which was held in San Francisco.

Rose will be joined in the adventure by teammates and fellow 2001 Canyon High School graduates Joey Olson and Chris Miller.

Olson is the host of Guy Talk Radio that can be heard at 7 p.m. Wednesdays on Internet-based radio LA Talk Radio network.

“Guy Talk Radio (www.guytalkradio.com)” is also the major sponsor of the Flugtag craft.

“I didn’t really have a choice,” Olson said.

The flying machine for the Flugtag is being constructed in the driveway of Olson’s Castaic home.

Olson said he didn’t try to talk his friend Rose out of an opportunity to “push him off a 30-foot cliff.”

Chris Miller, the mayor of the Lake Hughes town council, works as a mechanic at Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor when he isn’t building flying machines and investigating the paranormal.

Miller is the co-founder of C.A.P.S.

Rose said he has always had a “sixth sense.”

“I really wanted to start a paranormal investigative team,” Rose said. “We want to find things that will blow our minds.”

The group has existed for nearly three years and have investigated several homes, mostly in the Lancaster/Palmdale area.

Rose said he has wanted to enter the Flugtag for years.

“I’ve seen the videos and it looked like so much fun,” said Rose. “Plus, this is something to do that is not normal, which is right up our alley. It’s totally not normal to launch yourself off a 30-foot dock.”

Rose said the effort is also a way to get their name out before the public.

“We want people to know that we are available to investigate what they are seeing or feeling in their homes,” Rose said.

The C.A.P.S. Flugtag craft will resemble a haunted house made of PVC and bedsheets.

“We’re on a budget,” said Rose.

Flugtag, which means “flying day” in German, is a competition that judged on distance, creativity and showmanship.

For information about the California Association for Paranormal Studies (and if you have a property you’d like them to investigate) visit www.capscompound.com.

mbuttelman@the-signal.com

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