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Sporty retrospective

This year our ADVANCE team pilots can again look back on a very successful season. Their achievements include a 305km FAI triangle, XC-Contest victories and unique VolBiv Adventures. Last of this list but far from least, our athletes secured several top ten placings in the 2019 X-Alps. Once again sincere congratulations to all these pilots.
Picture: Mikael Ulstrup

Successful Italian Connection in the B and C Classes.

Following his success in 2018 team pilot Manuele Dondi from Italy again won the overall World XC Contest in the Standard Class (EN-B) and he gained second place in the Italian National XC Contest with IOTA 2 and XI flights. Mike Sicco, another ADVANCE pilot, followed third place with his SIGMA 10. And yet another outstanding result: Stefano Dondi the brother from Manuele Dondi lived his dream of the 200km FAI triangle, this time with his new EPSILON 9.

Results:

Flights:

«The EPSILON 9 has incredibly easy handling, is very stable and goes very well at full throttle.»

Stefano Dondi

Creativity and versatility from the German language region

X-Alps Rookie Patrick von Känel had already showed us his talent for flying before the X-Alps contest. He flew his X-Alps equipment (OMEGA XALPS 3 & LIGHTNESS XALPS) round one of the first 300km FAI triangles in Switzerland, and shortly afterwards managed a flat 330km triangle with an OMEGA Proto. Both flights took off from the local Niesen mountain. Quite incidentally he won the overall result of the Swiss XC- Contest and stood on the podia of an assortment of Hike & Fly contests, one of which was the Eigertour, sharing the small platform with Chrigel Maurer and Sepp Inniger – all three flew the OMEGA XALPS 3.

Basti Huber from Germany, previously second in the X-Alps, made some extraordinary flights, away from the road well trodden. Under his OMEGA XALPS 3 his flights included a flat triangle from the Wallberg to München and back. In the B class Christoph Kirsch flew his XI into the top ten of the German DHV XC Standard results (EN-B).

Results:

Flights:

«The Omega XALPS 3 has very straightforward handling, impressive performance and packs up very small due to its Nitinol profile wires. It’s my wing of choice.»

Patrick von Känel

  • Picture: Bruno Petroni

The strong North

It has almost become traditional that top Norwegian cross country results are dominated by ADVANCE pilots. This year Mikael Benjamin Ulstrup (OMEGA XALPS 3) won ahead of Arne Christian Boiesen (SIGMA 10). Tom Salamonsen finished 7th (OMEGA XALPS 3).

Results Norske Distanseligaen:

Flatland specialist from Poland

Polish Lukasz Prokop started his XC year in Brazil with an IOTA 2. After setting several Polish records the previous year in their flatlands, he now extended his field of operations to the Alps and managed his first FAI triangle of 238 km. He won all the Polish XContest in 2019 and was second in the FAI WXC. As well as that he was fourth in the World XContest Standard Class (EN-B)

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The Day of Days / #advancedadventures

ADVANCE Ambassadors Fred Souchon and Tobias Dimmler, along with many other pilots, realised a dream at the end of June: top landing on Mont Blanc. And as if that wasn’t enough Tobias then took off on top of the Alps and flew to the 4.478m high monolith at Zermatt the Matterhorn. Eight pm that evening found him soaring the summit. Here’s the video of this stupendous day of all days:

«I took off at 2 pm – two hours later I was on the Mont Blanc summit. Conditions in the air were pleasantly quiet, better than anything you could dream of.»

Tobias Dimmler

  • Picture: Tobias Dimmler
  • Picture: Tobias Dimmler
  • Picture: Tobias Dimmler
  • Picture: Fred Souchon

Exploring the Unknown / #advancedadventures

Our Norwegian friends Tom Salamonsen and Mikael Benjamin Ulstrup made another #advancedadventures with XC connections. They crossed the Fermundsmarka National Park as the first paraglider flyers to do so. Briton Tim Pentreath fulfilled a wish after a thrilling VolBiv adventure this year in the Alps.

There are also exciting videos available:

«It doesn’t have to be the Himalayas: there are still places in Europe where nobody’s ever been.»

Tom Salamonsen

  • Picture: Mikael Ulstrup
  • Picture: Mikael Ulstrup
  • Picture: Tim Pentreath
  • Picture: Tim Pentreath

ADVANCE successes in the X-Alps

Chrigel Mauer won this hard-fought race to Monaco for the sixth time in a row, the fourth time with ADVANCE equipment, as it happens. But rookie Patrick von Känel and Aaron Durogati also showed their exceptional flying skills, and reached the Principality on the Mediterranean coast in the top ten placings. The fourth of the group, Toma Coconea, was eleventh eventually – just short of Monaco. All four flew the brand new OMEGA XALPS 3, ADVANCE’s first two-liner.

ADVANCE Placings:

«I wanted to prove that I could evolve from Running Man to Flying Man. I am proud that I managed to do this on the X-Alps 2019, also thanks to the OMEGA XALPS 3.»

Toma Coconea

  • Picture: Bruno Petroni
  • Picture: Bruno Petroni
  • Picture: Andy Busslinger