Freedom Flight Center is once again proud to invite you to “The World’s Most Beautiful Beaches” and Beach Blast 2011 “Flying in Paradise”. 300 plus ppg pilots from 14 countries attended last years event and were treated to sugar white sands, and pristine gin clear water of the Gulf of Mexico.
Beach Blast 2nd to 8th May 2011
One of the many features of this unique fly in is that many pilots families also join them for Beach Blast as this is truly a resort for the entire family. Edgewater Beach Resort boasts 110 acres of accommodations including shopping, laser tag, parasailing, jet skis, fine dining, cocktail bars, Pizza Hut, and Starbucks right on premises. Many pilots commented how nice it was to take a flight and then be able to spend time with their families in the many activities and then return to the beach to fly again anytime they pleased. Vendors row was stacked with the latest and greatest of gear from major manufacturers here and abroad and pilots from major wing companies flying exhibitions for the crowds.
This year they will be holding the “Beach Blast 2011 National Comps” as Well as “Beach Blast 2011 Kiting Challenge”. Last years event produced an all time classic kiting competition that had the crowd roaring as contestants competed for cash and trophies.
During Guadalquivir 400 kilometers competition in Spain, in order not to loose any second by landing, the Passion’ailes team (Mathieu Rouanet) successfully attemps a ground to air refueling. No time lost.
E-Walk, Skywalks electric paraglider propulsion system is nearing completion and should be available to buy in 2011. Why electric paraglider propulsion system, the aim of the project is to reach thermals and achieve long cross country flights.
As such, it has been designed for in-flight comfort and is built into Skywalks paraglider harness, with reserve and back protection in place.
Thrust Vector, an adjustment is made to change the angle of the prop by 45 degrees between take-off to flying. The adjustment is made by stepping on the stirrup, it assures optimum efficiency both in flight and on the ground.
Brushless motor is powered by Lithium Ion batteries and the unit has already passed the new EMV (electro-magnetic tolerance) testing criteria, a pre-condition for certification.
For those not familiar with the format, the X-Alps, now in its fifth incarnation, is a bivouac hike-and-fly endurance race extending around 850km from Salzburg in Austria to Monaco on the French Riviera. Each competitor is allowed one supporter to provide food, weather forecasting and other logistical backup. Whoever reaches Monaco first is the winner, and 48 hours after that pilot touches down the race is stopped. Of the 30 pilots in the race only a handful will reach Monaco within two days of the winner; many will have fallen by the wayside and retired, hurt or exhausted, along the way. To complete the route may require an actual flying and walking distance of around 1,300km.
In this year‘s race include Mike Kung, Vincent Sprungli, Ramon Morillas, 2007 runner-up Toma Coconea, two-time winner Alex Hofer, 2009 winner Maurer and 3rd-placer Honza Rejmanek and 2 British pilots Jon Chambers and Steve Nash who have both been selected to compete in the 2011 Red Bull X-Alps contest.
The 2011 Red Bull X-Alps race (the toughest race on earth) blasts off from Salzburg on July 17th. There will be live tracking and lots of information about the race and the competitors at www.redbullxalps.com