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Is Paramotor Dangerous?

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I was sitting at my favorite spot in Pantai Irama, Bachok, Kelantan when I saw a flying man up on the sky.

I grabbed my handphone, snapped a photo and posted it on Instagram. 10 November 2012: I said to myself while watching the flying man – “I want to fly like that man”.

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A year after that in December 2013 while mourning of the passing away of my beloved father coincidently a friend of mine, Yusuf Hashim asked me to join him learning to fly with an engine on my back and a big canopy wing on my head, exactly like the flying man that I saw a year ago.

I know this might sound crazy but yes! I took up the flying lesson for  6 months and finally fly on my own, solo for a few times.

This sport is called paramotor or powered paragliding.

The engine weight a total of 23kg with fuel and you have to carry that on your back while at the same time both your hands handling the glider or the wing.

It was hard for a super-light aka skinny girl like me to master this as the engine is very heavy on my back.

And, I don’t see the point of flying when I can’t use my hand to handle my camera, as both hands are busy maneuvering the glider. The view up there is spacious… a gigantic open space with no boundaries, the air smells freedom.

I love flying

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For a dreamer like me, flying shows me the romantic side of being peaceful with just yourself and the beautiful air around you, hanging and dancing 1000 feet up on air, minus the noisy engine sound of your machine.

The amazing feeling of being in a vast open space.

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In late December 2014, JanjiFly paramotor pilots approached and invited me as their official photographer.

My job is to follow them during flying events and help captured their best moves while on air. This arrangement continues almost every weekend for 4 years until today.

This is the reason why I love photography, this skill opens up so many doors for me to explore life. I had the best time flying together with the team, all over Malaysia.

Read my writings about some of our flying adventures, click on these links:

Paramotoring, is it dangerous?

Like everything else, paramotoring has its own risk.

Riding a motorbike is dangerous too if you are being reckless.

This sport is an extreme sport.

Yes, this is a dangerous sport if you are not well equipped with the right skill. It requires a high level of mental persistent, time and money to master this sport but the reward is beyond words. Not only that, you need to learn to listen to your senses, be ultra-sensitive with nature (the wind and the weather) and calculate the risk accordingly each time you decided to fly.

If you have all the safety measures and skills intact, I feel that paramotoring could be considered as a safe sport.

If you want to try paramotoring I have a few tips:

1 – Try tandem paramotor first. Fly as a passenger to a well-experienced tandem paramotor pilot. Get the feel of it and decide if it is for you or not. If you want to try tandem paramotor, it is important to observe these following tips:

  • Try flying with a well-experienced pilot
  • Look at the engine, it should be well maintained
  • Check the years of life of the glider aka the wing. The wing should not exceed its expected years of use.

2 – If you have a good feeling about this and want to fly on your own, then get a good Paramotor instructor. Contact JanjiFly u-Fly i-Fly team as they could advise the right instructor for you.

It always feels good to breeze through the air, flying like a bird.

And having the right team during each of our flying moment is a blessing. After 6 years of flying, I still adore this sport.

For those who are curious and adventurous, do try paramotoring… you won’t regret it.

Conclusion: Is paramotoring dangerous? With the right instructor, the right skill and the right mentality, this sport is not dangerous at all. The only danger is to fall in love with your respective tandem pilot, kidding! lol.

Do you want to try fly tandem paramotoring? Leave your comment below.

Cheers

Matsuda


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Cloud riding with my pilot buddy on 01-01-2015. Look at the back ground view … heaven and I got the best seat in the world 🙂

Happy new year … I am not sure if I have constant readers here but I know for sure that my dearly “lovely bombastic loyal babes” friends will read this and members of GayaIzzah.com will always be there. Babes … you babes rule! thank you for just being who you are.

2014 has gone … a very challenging year for us Malaysian indeed, we mourned … we cried … we grieved … we standup again with tears still wet on our cheek … and we stand up tall and high again, stronger than before … I know I did.  I refused to complain …. and I refused to be associated with people who love … love … love to complain. The last time that I checked … I have none as I ditched those people the minute I can smell their ‘voice’. I am being mean …I know … but I just don’t care anymore.

Coincidently … my favorite blogger Joshua Becker of ‘becoming minimalist’ blog about – ‘How to complain less’. Yes … you can read it here. I took it as a reminder to myself and to stop complaining about life and rejoice LIFE instead. Kinda like his quote of the day –“You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.” by Tom Wilson.

Enough complaining about complainers … life goes on and on.

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Flying over Kundang, Rawang air space

So … 2015 is already here. I spent my new year early morning (01-01-2015) photographing landscape on air space around Kundang, Rawang Selangor with my ppg pilot buddies. Amazingly refreshing moment … I love it to the bone!

Yeah … I took paramotor training in early 2014 and had my first solo flight somewhere  in March 2014 and several more solo flights after that. Flying paramotor is not an easy peasy thing to do especially for a very light girl like me. I need more that my ‘bunny energizer’ energy and some gruesome ground training to be able to master taking off and landing safely on the ground. And, you need discipline and a great mental alertness to make sure a safe flight. To cut story short … as at now I don’t have that credibility yet. It might take me years to achieve that … I think so.

Since I love flying so much … I opted to join a fun flying group called Janjifly as their flying photographer. I shoot them while flying and at the same time I got to explore my photography curiosity (shoot je anything that pleasure my eyes). Thank you gang for giving me the honor 😉 .

Jom …. explore the world of flying with me, my ppg pilot (Tazza) and my D800/ D800E. I have the feeling that I will be doing this a lot in 2015 … Alhamdullilah … am loving this so much.

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Minimalist look of a telecommunication tower at Kundang, Rawang

It rained heavily the night before and we had super cloudy sky in the morning. Kinda like it though as cloudy and misty could create a sense of drama to my photos. We flew high that day … up high above the cloud near to 1000 ft but some of our daring pilots decided to fly as high as 1500 ft. Here are some photos of the cloud.

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This is how it looked like when you are up above the cloud

A great landscape with a thin stripe of cloud on top

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Wooohooo! it felt so good to just kick the cloud with your feet

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A lone cloud rider flying against the cooling background

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Nice view here in Kundang, Rawang … watching life from high above is totally wicked … love it!

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A paramotor pilot at his element … finding solitude up on the sky with the clouds

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Black and white version of 2 pilots against the cloud

This is my second time flying in Kundang, Rawang with the pilots. Colorful and fully inflated wing always fascinate my eyes, another reason on why I wanted to fly high on air. The air space looks like a giant playground to me. Am sharing with all of you some of the playful moment that I took with the pilots.

A playful moment up on the sky

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The little “peter pan” in me …

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Another playful moment with another pilot

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Hey neighbor … can you pass me some coke?

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That sexy curvy paramania evo wings ….

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U fly, I fly …

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U fly, I fly …

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Admiring colors around me …

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Maroon wing against the blue sky …

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Uhhh … a red one. I wonder how my wing will look like up there lol …

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I have a respect for this pilot. He is only 69 years old … and still flying high

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Group photo of 12 happy pilots and a photographer on 01/01/2015

Honestly, the more time I spent with the pilots flying and editing their photos … the more I wanted to fly solo again. This type of sport could help to train your brain to stay focus … to trust your instinct more than anything else … to slow down a bit and listen more to your inner-self … to stop being rigid and have fun with your life … and to be that little “peter pan” that never grow old lol. Pray hard, play hard, work hard …

And lastly … as at now, I have nothing to complaint about … thank you 😉

Cheers

MM

p/s ….

1. Here is our fun flying video during that day created by JanjiFly team. Enjoy yeah …

2. Another fun flying moment at Petaling Jaya (PJ) near Amcorp Mall on 11-04-2015

3. Join us on Facebook at JanjiFly U-fly I-fly  . Please PM us on Facebook for a fun ride or to learn more about Paramotoring …


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