We got our first flights underway today and there were no hard zeros! - for those not familiar with competition aerobatics this is when a pilot makes a mistake such that the figure flown is deemed to have been incorrect. This could be due to forgetting and flying the wrong figure, or just making a mistake such that it didn't quite turn out how you expected. Either way, you get no marks from the judges for that figure, so it's something we are trying to avoid. It's amazing how
It's all beginning to feel rather real now as last night the competition was declared open! We were lucky enough to experience a cultural mix of song and dance from across South Africa which, where relevant, was narrated with the cultural significance and history of each song and dance. Unfortunately Mike and I drew very early numbers in the competition (2 and 4 respectively) so we weren't really able to enjoy the event as much as we might have liked given an early start beck
After a week of training at our little oasis in Swellendam, we must sadly say goodbye and head, with intrepedation, to the competition site in Mossel Bay. We have learnt to love the Slick 360, which is certainly a more capable aircraft than any of us are used to. Given this, however, it is not without its challenges and whilst she doesn't bite us as much as on those first flights, we still occasionally revert back to what we know best (our little Extra 230) and then things do
Ahead of the British Team travelling to South Africa for the World Intermediate Aerobatics Championships, Mike Bushell, from the BBC met Mike and Emily and White Waltham airfield to find out a bit more about aerobatics. Thanks to sports presenter Mike Bushell and cameraman Jamie Beard for helping publicise our sport to the masses. Watch the video here.
Our licence validations have finally come through and we have started training - it's a steeper learning curve than we expected, but we are lucky enough to have some spectacular scenery to accompany our training. After our first flights returned to the accommodation, slightly downbeat, as the realisation hit us of just what a mountain it was that we still had to climb. However, we remain unphased and we have made a plan for tomorrow to master these Slick 360 aircraft - we'll
So, after months of preparation, the first half of the team arrive in South Africa. We are training at Swellendam airfield which just has the most spectacular scenary. This will be our backdrop for the next week while we try to familiarise ourselves with the new aircraft. It's going to be a steep learning curve, but we're all looking forward to the challenge. The aircraft have now arrived but we are waiting for our licence validations to come through so we can't start flying