The Paramotor expedition by 17 Para Fd Regiment commemorates the XIIIth Reunion of Regt of Artillery. This expedition covers the following places- Agra, Gwalior, Talbehat, Dhana (Sagar), Bhopal, Mhow (Indore), Dhule and Nashik.
The spirit of adventure is felt by many but only a few rises to either touch the sky or go over the edges to get the adrenaline pumping. One of the most thrilling activities of adventure is flying ‘PARA MOTOR’. This machine can – make you feel like a bird in a matter of minutes. It’s a mini aircraft and is full of thrill and excitement. It is made in Italy. It is a single pilot machine but can be flown with a passenger also in tandem. It can take you to an altitude of 8000 ft above ground level and even higher with ease and can make you cruise at a speed of 60-80 km/hr. Militarily, this can be used as an airborne platform for Air shoots, Radio relay, Recce and Surveillances. In the recent past, many exercises have been conducted in the western sector using this eqpt. Paramotors became a prime attraction during the opening ceremony of Military World Games at India Gate and the pilots were commended by the Defence Minister and the Chief of Army Staff. Paramotors have an endurance of 3-4 hrs depending on the winds. The Fuel tank has capacity of 16 ltrs.
17 Para Fd Regt is carrying out a Paramotor Expedition from Agra to Arty Centre, Nasik Road. The expedition began on 24 Nov 2015 at the Paramotor Nodal centre of the Army adventure wing and will culminate on 01 Dec 2015 at Nasik. The team will take halts en route at Gwalior, Talbehat, Dhana (Sagar), Bhopal, Mhow and Dhule. Adm sp and liaison will be provided by a team on ground. The team consists of experienced paramotor pilots of 17 Para Fd Regt and other units of HQ 50(I) Para Bde. The team members are:-
- Maj Surya Pratap Singh – OIC
- LNk Sukhwinder Singh – 17 Para Fd Regt
- Nk Pradeep Singh – 17 Para Fd Regt
- Gnr Jaswant Singh – 17 Para Fd Regt
- LNk KB Singha – 17 Para Fd Regt
- Gnr AJ Ginson – 17 Para Fd Regt
- Sep Yogesh Patel – 50 (I) Para Bde OFP
- Nb Sub Vijay Singh – 5 Para
- LHav Siddaraddi SS – 29 Para
- CFN BS Rana – 2 (I) Para Fd Workshop