Paramotor venture on hold until 2019

Robert Westbrook will be setting off on his challenge next year.
Robert Westbrook will be setting off on his challenge next year.
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A man planning to become the first person to fly the coast of Great Britain by paramotor, has rescheduled his challenge until next year.

Robert Westbrook will be dropping into Spalding when he does the expedition in aid of Cancer Research UK, a cause close to his heart.

He was hoping to set off this summer, but is learning to fly a paramotor from scratch and is still completing training.

Robert said: “Training is going well. I’ve done four flights already.

“I need to do another 21 or so before I’m signed off. The challenge is still on but it looks like 2019.”

He also now has another two pilots hoping to join him, including one from Spalding.

The teaching assistant previously told us: “Flying around the coast of Britain on a paramotor is something that has been spoken about in the paragliding community but has never been done before.

“I have zero experience so that is what makes this a real challenge. It is the fact that I am doing all the training as a beginner.”

After stopping off in Spalding, Robert will continue up the north coast and fly over Ben Nevis if conditions are right.

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