42 European paramotorists get bird's eye view of Kedah

EMBUN MAJID

ALOR STAR: FORTY-TWO European tourists are enjoying Malaysia’s landscape from a different perspective — with a bird’s eye view.

Yesterday, they flew up the Alor Star sky on paramotors to enjoy the city and vast padi fields as part of the Paramotor Discovery Tour Malaysia 2017, which kicked off in Langkawi on Thursday.

After enjoying the wonders of Langkawi, the team crossed the Straits of Malacca on Saturday and resumed their aerial tour in Kuala Perlis before descending in Alor Star yesterday.

The pilots, aged between 16 and 55, are travelling 480km from Langkawi to Kuala Lumpur for the 10-day tour.

They are scheduled to transit at several locations in Kedah, Perlis, Perak and Selangor before ending their trip at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur on April 22.

1Malaysia Paramotor Club president Rohaizi Md Hussin said the tourists were from England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Poland.

“We have 48 paramotors, but only 42 flew this morning from Sultan Abdul Halim Airport to Sungai Petani.

“They will stop for the night in Sungai Petani before resuming their journey to Taiping tomorrow (today),” he said yesterday.

Rohaizi said the tour was the first organised by the club and participants were required to have at least two years of flying experience or had clocked 50 flying hours.

Josephine Watts, 54, from the United Kingdom, said the tour allowed her to enjoy the view of the Malaysian landscape.

The gutsy woman, who took up paramotor sports two years ago, described flying over Malaysian skies as a once-in-a-lifetime achievement.

“This is my first time flying outside the UK and I am excited to view Malaysia from the sky.”

Sam Gaffney, 16, from Ireland and Karl Lukavec, 17, from England, were the youngest participants.

Joining their fathers Des Gaffney, 47, and Robert Lukavec, 46, the teenagers had previously flown in several parts of the UK and other European countries.

“I took up the sport after watching my father fly, and the experience is amazing,” said Sam.