Paramotor Makes A Stunning Flight Over The Pyramids Of Giza
Feast your eyes on this extraordinary view of Egypt's Giza pyramids, and let your imagination soar. Nicolas Aubert, 21, from Malaga Spain is our pilot on today's excursion through one of the most ancient architectural sites in the world. His vehicle is the paramotor, which isn't much more than a motorized fan attached to a parachute.
Even though the craft looks flimsy, it's powerful enough to fly high over the tallest pyramid, yet Nicholas comfortably sits in the harness with his legs crossed. This must be a one in a million opportunity, since it is hard to imagine the government of Egypt gives permission to anyone and everyone who wants to flyover their most famous of landmarks.
The landscape isn't what you would call charming. It is very dry looking and dusty, in fact. What makes this flight special isn't the geography so much as it is the location. Below Nicolas's feet, looking not quite as pristine as they once did, these pyramids go back in time over 4,500 years.
There are three great pyramids at Giza. The largest of them all, the Pyramid of Khufu, is also the oldest. With almost no other structures around them, and set against the flat, monotonous Egyptian desert, the video offers unparalleled views of the pyramids in stark relief.
Even though Nicolas is so young, at 21 he already has over a decade of paramotor flying experience. Nicolas started learning to fly at age seven. He succinctly describes the feeling as “freedom”.
The video offers a range of view effects, such as the fish eye effect, which causes the whole earth below to appear as though contained in a goldfish bowl. The cloudless azure sky contrasts sharply against the earth tones. It's almost as if there are only two colors: blue and tan.
One of the things that makes the video so special is the rare view of the top of the pyramids, especially the finely constructed cap of Khufu. The original white casing is mostly gone, except for the very top. The casing is completely absent from the other two smaller pyramids. Ransacking, looting, and the natural erosion of millennia have taken their toll on the pyramids of Giza.
Unlike recent news stories about tourists illegally climbing the pyramids, then posting their pictures on social media, Nicolas Aubert seems to be giving us an even better visual experience the legal way, and in a way that doesn't harm the ancient stones at all. Other than the gasoline powered engine the paramotor is eco-friendly.
There must be a whole world of possibilities to explore this way. Of course it could be argued that modern drone technology makes the paramotor obsolete, but drones aren't nearly as fun, nor are they charged with that extra electrical thrill of a human body actually being there.
Let's hope the paramotor experience stays alive for many more years to come, it might take Nicolas a lifetime of aerial exploration to bring so many archaeological oddities through the lens of our mobile devices.