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Paramotor pilot fined

Paramotor pilot fined

PARAMOTOR PILOT FINED FOR GLASTONBURY AIRSPACE BREACH

A man who used a paramotor to fly into last yearís Glastonbury Festival has been fined after he admitted breaching restricted airspace around the Somerset arts and music event.

David Hoare, 59, of Somerton, Somerset, was seen by event managers flying over the festivalís Healing Field on the evening of Saturday 27 June 2015.

Airspace around the festival is restricted to protect the public. After landing his paramotor in an area known as the Sacred Space, Mr Hoare was apprehended by security personnel, before being handed over to the police.

Appearing at Weston-Super-Mare Magistratesí Court on Wednesday 27 January 2016, Mr Hoare pleaded guilty to one count of flying within Glastonbury Festivalís restricted airspace.

The court heard Mr Hoare had a previous conviction for an identical offence in 2010.

He was fined £400 and ordered to pay costs of £160 to the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which brought the prosecution.

The CAA said it was determined to take action whenever necessary to protect members of the public, including prosecuting those responsible for flying into restricted airspace.


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