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Hey guys,

Ive always been interested in... well fun stuff - SCUBA, paintballing etc. I live in the village of broadway in worcestershire (42 miles east of Oxford via A46) and I am absolutely dying to get into this sport. Im 18 and University is lurking by the end of September, so i want to get started as soon as possible really, however in truth, I know very little despite literally days of non-stop research. Please provide all the advice and help you can in the following areas.

1. Where to train and how much it will cost? I will train dont worry however i am under the impression there is no licence required and technically i could just pop on a powermotor and vanish (into a tree). If this is the case is it possible to be trained by a "hobbie flyer" with plenty of experience (and patience).

2. I will obviously need kit but i dont have much money. I have around 5k, which sounds quite a lot for an 18 year old but in reality 5k is an investment i cant really honour with university around the corner. So basically what am i looking at paying for a nice controllable wing and friendly motor. In addition if i have to compromise quality due to funds do i go for the better wing with an alright motor, or the other way round?

3. Again linked to cost. The idea has struck that i could potentially take people out on these gizmos while im at university and therefore offset my cost. I know this is a bit optomistic and i need a fair bit of experience before i can even consider annoying all my peers by taking girls on 3000ft dates, but in principle is this a reasonable aspiration and would i be able to get affordable insurance etc etc (any other info welcome here)

4. I know im asking a bit much but depending in the answer to question 1, would anyone be interested in mentoring me with a primary focus on: not dying, getting ripped off, getting arrested, where to go, theory, practical etc etc..

5. and finally... what is your basic kit list? Again cost comes as a factor.

Im sorry for taking up your time but i am genuinly excited about being able to fly at my leisure (weather permitting). The idea seems almost fictional!!! So if anyone can help me PLEASE DO!

Jonathan - i know i dont write well :(

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Hi Jon,

And welcome to the Paramotor Club.

You seem fairly switched on, asking the right questions....

Someone local to you is Pete B

I suggest that the first thing you do is visit an active field, we haqve one here near Swindon, and Pete has a take off closer to you.

Go and watch some flying, have a play with a wing.. see what happens.

You will LOVE IT!

SW :D

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Friendly bunch. I can just turn up and will be welcome 2 mooch about and ask questions?!

sounds fab. I assume pete is a forum member so ill have a look, hunt him down and blame "simon" for the over ethusiastic student following him around a field.

Anyway thank you very much for giving me a focus from which to get my act together.

jonathan

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Hi Jon, why don't you pop down to Lambourn and/or sign up for a taster day. On a good flyable day there is usually a number of pilots in the field which l am sure will all be willing to give advice, some with many flying hours behind them.

Its a great sport and once hooked your'll forever be looking up at the sky.

Good luck in pursuing the sport of Paramotoring.

Regards Mike :D

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Pm sent back

I am a bit busy trying to get my work sorted before the tip 2 tip so dont think that I will have time to do any flying between now and then so I suggested that Jonathan maybe better off if he calls in at Lambourne and has some fun down there.

Be gentle with him :lol:

Pete b :(:):o:D:shock::?8):roll:

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hi jc there is 2 ppg pilots near you one in honeybourne/and evesham,u need to go on paramotors uk site and look under pilots to fly with for there email/num.there is a club at stone house juc 12 m5 u can find there details on this forum. pete/b or tony good blokes they will sort u out...if u fancy trying some ground handling with just a wing and can get to worcester.i have a spare wing /harness we can get u ground handing before u go training with simon who will teach u how to fly ppg .dont think of trying to fly without instruction ..what is ur weight in kg.very important ref wing as u need to be in the wings weight range.u can ring me on 07963718675

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hi jc there is 2 ppg pilots near you one in honeybourne/and evesham,u need to go on paramotors uk site and look under pilots to fly with for there email/num.there is a club at stone house juc 12 m5 u can find there details on this forum. pete/b or tony good blokes they will sort u out...if u fancy trying some ground handling with just a wing and can get to worcester.i have a spare wing /harness we can get u ground handing before u go training with simon who will teach u how to fly ppg .dont think of trying to fly without instruction ..what is ur weight in kg.very important ref wing as u need to be in the wings weight range.u can ring me on 07963718675

ooooo me = interested

i shift between 79kg and 83kg in these crazy days. By the way i already tracked them down before i read your reply and have their numbers which is kind of worrying - sometimes i even scare myself!

Anyway YES YES YES i would love to try some ground handling and was actually quite worries about not having access to someone local willing for me to have a go. I will likely text you tomorrow.

thank you very much

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definately worth going to have a chat with some local flyers, I popped down to braintree wednesday and met some of the braintree paramotor club, they gave me tons of info and really explained everything to me about the sport, great bunch of chaps, big thanks to Simon for letting me strap on the motor and get a feel for what its like when its on your back, even ran the engine up, I have a much better understanding of whats involved and how to go about getting in the air.

Big thanks to them.

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