Steve Posted September 26, 2012 Share Posted September 26, 2012 Maybe I'm lucky but I've had nothing but co-operation and support from landowners and tenants for the past couple of years. I live and fly mostly in The Brecon Beacons and in the winter can fly from the common land in the centre of the national park north of Pen y Fan (once the forests of ferns have been cut back). When I first started flying solo I searched out several fields and was blown away by the fact that I was given permission to use all of them by each landowner. Sometimes a field would be rented (which is quite common) and farmers even went to the trouble of contacting owners to confirm it was alright and then got back to me. Never a hint of them being put to any trouble. The Beacons is a big area and I wanted more variety in where I fly from so last spring I started searching further afield and again there was nothing but help and support. For example I knocked on a door to ask whether they owned a nearby field only to be told that it wasn't theirs but they found and put me in touch with the owner. I visited him and he then offered me a choice of about twenty fields, many of which were superb for flying and I'd had my eye on for a while but couldn't work out who owned them (one even had a Spitfire make an emergency landing in it during WWII). All the landowners who helped me out were farmers, no trouble, no conditions (except for not flying when cows are in a field) and all friendly. It was a pleasure to take them bottles of Scotch as a thank you, which was a bargain. All of the farmers I've had contact with in The Brecon Beacons have no problems with paramotors and are brilliant. I've never flown from a field without permission because there was absolutely no need to do so. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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