SkyWeek - Epic Paramotor Adventures

Flying Trips

At SkySchool we believe life is all about having amazing experiences. Our Flying Trips, known as SkyWeeks, are designed to allow previous SkySchool students and other qualified paramotor pilots to have amazing flying experiences with likeminded people. They also allow pilots to further develop their skills, knowledge and experience levels. To make a booking or discover more contact us.


Namibia: April/May 2022

Flying Trips in Namibia with SkySchool UK in 2021Namibia will be a very unique and special trip! The idea to fly across Namibia came from Sam McConnell, an ex SkySchool student and MD of MCXpeditions, which specialises in Adventure Travel in arid climates. We have teamed up to run the Paramotor Trip of a lifetime, with SkySchool MD Alex Ledger providing guidance in the air and Sam running all logistics on the ground, including accommodation, food, fuel, transport, ground support and more. The Namibia trip is open to existing Pilots who hold the APPI PPG Pilot license or equivalent, as well as those who don't currently fly as we have time to train you up and get you equipped! Prices and dates are yet to be confirmed. The exact dates will be determined by Covid Travel restrictions. To register your interest please contact us.


    Previous Adventures

    • In September 2021 we ran our first SkyWeek Portugal trip. In this fantastic country it is possible to fly along seemingly endless and deserted white sandy beaches all day long, we will definitely we back for more in 2022!
    • In June and July 2021Alex Ledger and George Bullard ran 630 miles along the South West Coast Path for 3 different charities, raising more than £15,000. The one rule during the trip was that when it was flyable they would stop running and go flying! Throughout the 5 week Adventure they were joined by ex SkySchool students, which made the whole experience all the more memorable.
    • In September 2020 we ran our fourth SkyWeek France trip, during which we flew 7 days out of 7 in amazing weather in some stunning locations.
    • In July 2020 we ran another SkyWeek D-Day trip and could not have asked for better weather. We have now been running this trip since 2010!
    • In January 2020 Alex taught Explorer Levison Wood how to Paraglide and Paramotor in Chamonix, France.
    • In October 2019 we ran an SIV course designed for Paramotor pilots with British Acro pilot Jack Pimblett.
    • In September 2019 we ran our third SkyWeek France trip, taking in the Champagne region of Epernay and the stunning Chateaus in Burgundy.
    • In June 2019 we ran our second SkyWeek Italy trip followed by SkyWeek D-Day in July, which took in the D-Day beaches and other parts of Normandy.
    • In August 2018 SkyOps ran SkyWeek France, visiting some stunning areas in the Dordogne, Auvergne and Burgundy regions. Definitely one to repeat!
    • In June 2018 we ran our first SkyWeek Italy, taking in some stunning parts of Italy before continuing the journey through France on our way back to the UK.
    • In 2017 we ran our first SkyWeek trip through France. It turned out to be a huge success and led to us running two SkyWeek Oman trips later in the year.
    • In 2017 Alex featured in the BBC series 'Extreme Wales with Richard Parks' in which he taught Richard how to fly before leading him on an epic adventure in Wales.
    • In 2016 Alex ran a WW1 Battlefield Tour for a group of Paramotor and ParaTrike Pilots around the Somme and Vimy Ridge Battlefields in France.
    • In 2016 Alex led a team of pilots, including double amputee Cayle Royce, on the record breaking 1200km Expedition from John O'Groats to Lands End.
    • In 2015 The Adventurists approached SkySchool to help run the inaugural Icarus Trophy, a 1000k Paramotor Race from Seattle to Sacramento.
    • In 2014 Alex founded Flying for Heroes, which involved teaching Wounded, Injured and Sick Military Personnel how to fly before flying up the Rift Valley in Kenya.
    • In 2009 Alex featured in the Channel 4 Series 'Daredevils', in which he instructed Neil Laughton on his First Solo Flight in the Parajet SkyCar.
    • In 2006 Alex featured in the Discovery Channel series 'Martin Shaw Aviators' singing the praises of Paramotoring along with Parajet Founder Gilo Cardozo.

Faqs

Can Paragliders go anywhere?

Paragliders cannot go anywhere they like. Paraglider and Paramotor Pilots must adhere to Air Law in each country and in most cases avoid restricted airspace.

Can you fly a Paramotor in National Parks?

To Paramotor in National Parks, a Paramotor Pilot will need to request permission from the National Parks Authority in order to fly over any National Park in the UK.

Can you fly over a city in a Paramotor?

In short, no you cannot fly over a city in a Paramotor! In the UK, the law states that an aircraft shall not be flown below such height as would prevent it from making an emergency landing without causing danger to persons or property on the surface in the event of an engine failure. It also states that you shall not fly over any congested area of a city, town or settlement below a height of 1500 feet above the highest fixed object. You must also maintain enough altitude to glide clear of the congested area and land safely in the event of an engine failure.

Can you land a Paramotor anywhere?

No, you cannot land a Paramotor anywhere you like. You should always fly in a way and at a height that allows you land safely at all times in the event of an engine failure, while adhering to air law. Unless it is an emergency landing, Paramotor Pilots need to receive permission from the landowner when landing as well as taking off.

Can you Paraglide anywhere in the UK?

No, you cannot Paraglide everywhere in the UK! In the UK, Paragliding is overseen by the BHPA and they have negotiated permission from various landowners for qualified BHPA Pilots who are club members to use the flying sites. Once airborne, Paraglider Pilots must adhere to Air Law and avoid restricted airspace. Paramotoring is slightly different in that Pilots tend to negotiate with landowners and secure their permission to take off and land, however yet again they must adhere to Air Law.

Can you Paramotor anywhere?

You cannot Paramotor everywhere in the UK! In the UK, you must first ensure the airspace is unrestricted and then you need to seek landowners’ permission. In flight, you need to remain outside of any restricted airspace, otherwise you run the risk of prosecution, a fine and potentially having your equipment confiscated. Furthermore, the CAA may chose to regulate Paramotoring in the UK if too many Pilots continue to break Air Law. It is therefore very important that Paramotor Pilots obey the rules and regulations so we maintain safety and remain unregulated.

Do you need a license to fly a Paramotor?

In the UK, you do not require a license to fly a Paramotor as the CAA has deregulated the sport. In certain other countries, licenses are required and wings must carry a registration number, such as in France. In Switzerland, Paramotoring with a petrol engine is illegal, however, an electric engine is legal.

How far can you Paramotor?

The world distance record for flying a Paramotor the furthest is 1,105km, set by Ramon Morillas in 2007. However, he was flying a modified Paramotor, carrying a lot of extra fuel. The distance a Paramotor can fly is governed by its fuel capacity, the type of wing, the wind speed and its direction.

Where can I go Paragliding?

In the UK, Paragliding sites are controlled by the BHPA and in order to fly from them, you need to be a qualified BHPA Paraglider Pilot and usually a club member.

Where can I go Paramotoring?

In the UK, you can Paramotor from any private land, having received the landowners’ permission first, as long as the airspace is unrestricted. The best way to find flying sites is to connect with other local Pilots. In Europe, the rules vary and yet again, we recommend connecting with local Pilots in each location. Due to our extensive experience of Paramotoring in France, Spain, Italy and other countries, we have discovered a lot of great flying sites which we take Pilots to during our SkyWeek Trips. A lot of these flying sites were found by connecting with the local Paramotoring community.

Reviews

Jilbor
Stunning trip across France from the air. Never got more flying time in just one week. Really fun group and superb help from the instructors. Highly recommend Skyschool and SkyWeek!!
Published 20/10/20
Benjamin Hobbs
Paramotoring along the beaches of Normandy was a pretty insane way to spend a father-son trip, but has left me with some amazing memories. With the help of my Atom 80, my Dad's Moster 185 and spectacular conditions, flying has literally unlocked a new perspective on touring landscapes for us, and provided us with something we can enjoy together. Many thanks go to our flight coordinators and instructors at SkySchool, who pushed our flying to the next level, making us confident with our capabilities and eager to explore new regions around the world.
Published 01/09/20
Patrick Coleman
I did my paramotor course with SkySchool in Italy - it was such a great experience I went back for a SkyWeek through Italy and France. Both these trips have been exceptional flying in really beautiful parts of the world (that have reliable weather, and good food!) On both trips I made some friends for life. The level of instruction is fantastic from all members of the team - and is very well structured and organised. As my introduction to any sort of flying they got me doing things I never expected I'd do, and were there each step of the way. On the ground, their service is flexible and very friendly. They're an amazing group of people. If you're considering getting into this sport - it will change your life. Do it.
Published 15/02/20

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