The Swift Team will be displaying at this year’s Dunsfold Wings and Wheels show on 29th-30th August.
Archive for March, 2010
Paul’s Diploma is in recognition of both his personal efforts and those of the RAF Gliding and Soaring Association (RAFGSA) that he represents as Chief Tech, with assisting the BGA through the new processes of EASA Transitions and EASA C of As
Guy’s Diploma is in recognition for raising the profile of the sport. Aside from leading the Team’s breathtaking display routines, Guy also works tirelessly behind the scenes at many airshows – flying competition winners and working with local gliding clubs so they can benefit from the Team’s publicity. He also provides aerobatic coaching and instruction to both new and established competition pilots.
BGA Diplomas were presented on Saturday 20th March at the British Gliding Association annual conference, held at the Barcelo hotel in Daventry. Paul received his certificate during the day, but Guy was unfortunately working abroad, so team pilots Ian Gallacher and Mike Newman swapped flying suits for dinner jackets to attend the evening event and accept the award from BGA Chief Exec Pete Stratten (pictured middle)
The BGA will work more closely with the team in 2010 in a cohesive effort to increase publicity of the sport so close to the teams heart.
Swift Team have featured in two issues of Flyer Magazine in 2010. In the February edition, Paul Johnson’s shot of the MDM-1 Fox Glider performing at the Biggin Hill International Air Fair was posted in the “Opening Shot” feature. Click on the left hand magazine cover to see the photo spread.
In the March issue, airshow legend Brian Lecomber wrote an article about his experience of Glider Aerobatics called “Inventing the sideways knife-edge tailslide.” Brian was the leader of Firebird Aerobatics which brought the airshow circuit the Crusaders Display, the MG Rover Duo and the Microlease Duo display teams.
The article is a fascinating read on the differences between the art of aerobatics in powered aircraft and gliders and is accompanied by more photography from Paul Johnson. You can view the article by clicking on the right hand magazine cover.
The April edition of Aeroplane Monthly features an interview with team pilot, Guy Westgate. Melvyn Hiscock who conducted the interview is himself no stranger to airshows having commentated with Brendan O’Brien at the Dunsfold Wings and Wheels Airshow.
To read the interview, click on the magazine cover!