My pal texted me a while back saying there were 6 guys using Paramotors just in front of his house at Rossall Beach in between Thornton and Fleetwood north of Blackpool (Paramotoring).
He opined they were very noisy and smelly and asked about whether they were regulated with the same rules as drones and RCs. I had no idea so looked it up (see link above) and unless I have missed something it says
No CAA licence is required to fly a paramotor – but you still have to know and obey the rules and regulations applying to UK Airspace – of which there are many! The UK is a small island, and much of the airspace above it is reserved for commercial air traffic, bird sanctuaries, weapons testing etc…
Hard to believe you can shell out £4K and just take to the air!
Anyway that apart my friend lives in an upside down house about 20m from the beach with a large school about 100m to the right fronting onto the beach/promenade. Quite a populated area. This is also a very popular area for dog walkers and there are always plenty around not to mention possibly up to 50 or so cars all parked along the promenade just a few metres from the beach and plenty of walkers and joggers. I do fly near there occasionally but avoid overflying people, dogs, schools and houses which is quite difficult but possible if you choose your time and location properly.
Sunday afternoon with first sun and dry weather for a while the area would be heaving as its one of few areas where you can take dog and family on the beach safely for a walk. Ice cream vans … the lot.
How come I worry about flying my big beast M2 Pro safely and a team of flying humans presumably being trained don’t seem to need to worry about regulations I have to abide by? I didn’t hear them but I reckon they might be a tad noisier than my little drone and more of threat to seabirds than I am.
To rub salt in the wound if I move over Wyre I am advised to keep clear of an area where para-gliders hand out in case I hit one. There does seem to be a pecking order at work here.