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Saturday, December 10, 2011

It's a Bird, It's A Plane: Motorized Parachute over L.A.

Motorized Parachutes - more commonly known as Powered Parachutes - are not unique to Los Angeles. In fact, because they're much more commonly found in rural settings than urban ones, what is unique is seeing one buzzing around the edge of the city.

I say "buzzing" because at this point the pilot was no more than fifteen feet off the ground. In our five years in Los Angeles, this was the one and only time I saw something like this. Really cool.

I would LOVE to try something like this!

On the other hand, I'm not sure if this was even legal. Maybe that's why this was the one and only time I saw this. If you happen to know the laws for flying a Powered Parachute in urban areas - or have seen these in or around Los Angeles - please leave a comment!

The pilot initally came in from the south along the beach from Santa Monica, did a tight turn near where we were standing (at the Los Angeles city limit: PCH & Coastline Drive), and then headed back to Santa Monica. Looks really fun. My brother-in-law, who loves flying, would especially dig something like this.

Actually, so would I. Making it another "experiencing L.A." moment.

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