I've just returned from leading my Pilot Development Week in Annecy in the French Alps. We had fantastic cross country flying and skill development for all abilities, 5 different sites; 6 days flying out of 7, even the 7th was flyable for the commercial tandems however we used it for ground-based learning.
Each member of the group identified their strengths and what they wanted to develop and this provided the focus for the week.
Every day presented different challenges and opportunities. Through the information provided and analysis, each pilot was armed with the knowledge to be able to get the best out of each day. It was absolutely great to see the proactive, independent decision making develop as the week went on.
One of the highlights was an evening with the new British Champion Steve Senior. His understanding of elite performance and how it applies to all levels of our sport is nothing short of awesome. And he certainly challenged all our thinking! A huge thanks to Steve.
|Massive Astroturf launch at Annecy; Colin Porter ready to go.|
|High above launch; the Bauges Mountains to the south.|
|The Dents de Lanfon. Get high here and you can go anywhere!|
|Heading North. Far right - the high route. Middle right - the low route.|
|Plaine Joux launch with spectacular views of Mont Blanc|
|The "A" team. Nick, Brian, Ed, Ian, Colin, Richard and Ella.|