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Hi all,

I have a paramotor course this summer. Obviously, when I return I will want to fly around the local area. However, the field I intended of launching from is within a hangliding/(paragliding?) area. On the foreflight app the area is shown as a 'caution' area. I don't recall ever seeing any hang-gliders ever in this area (and I live here). Their website is very old and outdated and doesn't even display properly on my modern browser https://suffolkhanggliding.webs.com/. Therefore, I don't think they fly anymore, or at least not very often. On skydemon, the area is just shown as a disused airfield and there is no airspace 'circle'. So, my question is, can I fly here below 2000'? Or if not, could I ask the hanggliders for permission? Or is there an authority I could write to, to ask for permission? The area is Metfield, it is in the North of Suffolk. I would appreciate it if you could look this up in your own 'way' and determine whether I could fly here.

Many thanks,

Bruce

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Your instructor will cover this off with you but I had a quick look and its absolutely fine to fly there and you can fill your boots. However, you do need to be mindful/cautious before you barrel in because whilst it’s a disused airfield, it looks active as a gliding site and a very quick google search suggests they might have a winch too, you will want to avoid flying into a winch. 

It’s a great idea to pick up the phone and chat to the club, most people in aviation love to talk and give advice and you may be surprised at how helpful they are. Not everyone hates paramotors!

If you look at your map or skydemon for your local area, you will see that some larger/busier airfields (like Old Buckenham) have a circle around them on the chart, you need permission to enter those. Large airports (Norwich for example) similarly have larger areas around that you can’t enter (without permission) but other small airfields like Hardwick or Horham are in open space, but it’s considered bad airmanship to blunder into an active circuit. Your instructor will take you through all this. Hope you get up in the air this summer, 😁😁

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Hi Patrick,

thanks for your response, I am very pleased I can still fly from my house. Fortunately, I am several miles from their site and have no particular interest in flying over there. I am a glider pilot and so I do appreciate the dangers of winch cables. I will also be careful of any hangliders I may encounter. My only obstacle now is corona virus😭.

 

kind regards,

Bruce

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If you are a glider pilot then apologies for the lesson in egg sucking on airspace. Still, might be useful info for other aspiring pilots.

Its a big sky and looks like you are in a perfect place for paramotoring! 
 

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