In 2005, he started Ground Launch Center, the first school for the sport of high performance parachute ground launching. That same year he created the first amateur swooping tour called the "Canopy Piloting Circuit". Around the same time he created the "World Parachute Stunt Team" that traveled performing at airshows around the world. In February 2006, he and his associate Duane Hall flew into each other while filming a parachute stunt in Lake Isabella, California. Slaton barely survived and was in a coma for three days, suffering a shattered hip, broken leg, broken shoulder and a serious head injury of the frontal lobe. A year later he created the annual Swoop Week Championships that ran between 2007-2009.