My first ever trip to Turkey was to fly tandems for the 15th International Olu Deniz Air Games, dropping base jumpers off over the beach.
Going on your first overseas trip is a real rite of passage for a new pilot. Since my first flying trip, I’ve flown all over the world and worked on trips for pilots of all levels of experience. But I still remember my very first trip! I didn’t really have any idea what to expect, or what I needed to do, but the school I learnt with were great andhelped me through all the preparations. So for any pilots out there thinking about their first overseas trip, here’s my checklist to get you started.
On my travels this winter, I was lucky enough to cross paths with Rebecca Bredehoft, an inspirational pilot as well as an awesome photographer.
At only 30 years old, Becca already has more experience than many pilots. But what makes her truly inspirational is the way she seems to enjoy every flying day as much as when she first learnt to fly and her permanent drive to learn from the sport.
I took the chance to quiz her about her long paragliding career, her travels and managed to get a few photography tips at the same time.
With the wind and rain rattling my window panes, I’ve been reminiscing over some of my favourite flights from last year. One August day in particular came to mind when some friends and I explored a new site (for us), launching from Les Grands Montets glacier at 3,200m – an awe-inspiring 2,000m above chamonix valley floor beneath us.
On my travels last year, I had the pleasure of meeting and flying with most of the HapiAcro team – a group of four pilots who have come together to spread their love of flying to the masses in the US. As they reached the end of their first year as a team – the first acro team in America – I was able to catch up with them to find out how it had all gone and what was next for the guys.