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    Hi Guys, Sorry to bump an old thread but just thought I would give a little update on my progression. I started training with Brad Quinn at the end of July and I can not fault the guy at all. Split up due to weather, in total I had around 5 days of lessons on the field and 2 days in the classroom; through summer, a typical day being 6am-10am, siesta, 7pm-11pm. Training was at each individuals pace and my training felt almost one to one. I was taught to Brad's own syllabus which everything was focussed around safety first which he also tests you on multiple times. I bought my maverick and spyder through Brad which also saved me over a grand. Thanks, Richard
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    Looking for local flyers

    I am over in Tamworth if you fancy a beer.
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    Just took first flight and a wanted

    I am not too sure on the name Hann, but it was a swaying pendulum effect.
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    Just took first flight and a wanted

    I ended up buying a training harness from UKPPG as looking out the window over the field was eating me up. I do not feel 100% confident to go on flights on my own yet, will have a few more with my trainer. OMG i see what you mean! https://www.screwfix.com/p/jsp-spartan-3-point-harness/8452g
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    Just took first flight and a wanted

    Thank you Scott.
  6. Hi All, I took my first flight on Sunday evening, absolutely amazing. I have always wanted to do something like this but did not think it would happen due to myself being scared of heights. Around two years ago my mother started pestering me to do a hot air balloon ride as it is something she has always wanted to do. I reluctantly said yes and this took place around six months ago from Nottingham with Virgin Balloon Flights. Absolutely loved it and felt so safe in the air. Since then I have put my fear down to a fear of falling as I can not go 2 meters up a ladder without shatting myself! My first paramotor flight: I took off fine with the first run with a reverse; there was so much going on that I didn't get time to think about what I had just done until I got to just over 500ft. I levelled out and put the brakes up, took a look around and almost shat myself (fear of falling). My tutor lets me fly around but asked me to stay close to the field. After 15 minutes, he asks me to proceed to 1000ft where I circled the field a few times while he continued to talk to me about what I was experiencing and what to expect. He then talked me through performing a quick decent manoeuvre back down to 500ft which made me sick. On coming into land, I didn't listen to my tutor properly and were a little premature on my braking. One of the strange things I noticed is that when you have been so high, 3-4 meters off the ground feels like you are touching down. I ended up stalling at around 1 meter and elegantly dropped to my feet and then forward to my knees. Later on in the evening, I did some research about sickness, and I am going to try ginger root tablets next time I fly. Enough of that anyway. The real reason I am writing this. I get the impression they are like gold dust, but I am looking for an old harness that can be used for ground handling. It would be nice to have a harness so that I can play around with my ozone spyder and possibly let a friend or two feel what ground handling is like. If you have anything, please let me know. Thank you for your time and happy flying!
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    Take off and landing locations

    Thanks Andy, much appreciated.
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    Take off and landing locations

    Thanks Andy, The last thing I want to do is annoy people in my area by taking off without permission etc, I hear that quite a lot of farmers already have bad experiences with light aircrafts etc. I have heard of people offering to make a donation to the air ambulance service in exchange to use their land, this backs up what you have said about liability on the land. My plan would be to take off and then go off to fly somewhere else and come back later on to land.
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    Take off and landing locations

    Hi Tony, I have 7 days training booked with a paramotor training company up north which start on 28th June and I will ask my instructor but it is nice to get a feeling of what others do.
  10. Hi Guys, So I am starting training towards the end of this month but in the meantime, it has got me thinking about where I could take off and land in my local area (Tamworth B77). What are your strategies for finding a take-off and landing location, do you just find a field and hope no one notices, do you speak to local farmers? If so, do you offer them anything etc? Please correct me if I have this all mixed up but I do not know anyone personally who owns a field... There is a massive fenced off field directly opposite my house which is owned by a school, probably talking roughly 6 football pitches in size. Should I speak with the school, what's in it for them? etc. Thanks in advance. Rich
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    I'll take a look, I think I will get my training out the way first.
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    Steve, I'm not offended. I think I will need to learn what a fly-in is first
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    Did you comment on this thread for anything in particular or to just pick faults? Did you have someone in mind that Michael should choose?
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    Thanks Steve but it doesn't seem bad, seems like a typical generic website filler statement to me. I checked them over fully first, seems to have a lot of reviews, uploading a video or two a week to youtube of training and have their own events. I have received a welcome pack explaining the risks, training procedures, etc. I definitely didn't want to go with someone who was offering a crash course, only takes one mistake hence why I am happy to travel a bit further field.
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    Ha no problem, I am training with http://paramotor-ltd.business.site/ starting on Thursday 28th, going up and staying in a hotel on the wednesday night for 4 days. Welcome to travel up with me if you can get onboard. The training is 7 days from 8am till sundown but you can split this up however you like, hince why I am doing 4 days. Richard