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The F-22 Raptor is back in the air
As jet fighters are concerned, the F-22 Raptor is simply the best. So we were a bit surprised to hear a few months ago that this incredible jet fighter was grounded because of oxygen problems. The system actually did not work on several occasions causing hypoxia for some pilots who nearly crashed due to the lack of oxygen in the cockpit. This problem was so serious that the F-22 Raptor was grounded for 4 months, which is a very unusual move. But it reflects the positive view of the US officials not to put lives at risk, even though the F-22 represents America’s power. As a consequence, it did not participate in the Libyan War. We are now pleased to see that the problems have been fixed as the F-22 Raptor has been cleared for take-off. This is one amazing jet fighter, and we are all sad not to be able to fly this jet fighter unfortunately, but very happy to see this beauty in the air again. The F-22 benefits from thrust vectoring, allowing the jet fighter to change direction of the nozzle, and hence increasing maneuverability. Check out this video of an F-22 spinning flat. This is amazing. We may have to wait for a long long time, when the F-22 is decommissioned to be able for a private individual to buy one and offer jet fighter rides on the aircraft. In the meantime, you can enjoy to fly a jet fighter with us in one of our jets, the L39 Albatros or the Fouga Magister. Which is also an awesome experience.
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Jet fighter ride for Ace Combat
We had a fantastic time last week with the presentation of the Ace Combat Assault Horizon new video game to the press. We were thrilled to participate, and more importantly to get the reporters in the cockpit of our jet fighter. The aim of the event was to get a feel of what it means to be a fighter pilot, to feel what a pilot would feel when engaging in combat. So we got the reporters in our Fouga Magister, so they could take the controls a little bit – which they enjoyed – and then pushed a bit to let them feel and experience the Gs. It was a beautiful day, and we all had a great time.
Jon Egging will be missed
We would like to have a thought for Jon Egging who died at 33. Jon was one of the best pilots in the world, and crashed his Hawk T1 after a demonstration of the Red Arrows at the Bournemouth Air Festival in Dorset, England. Jon was part of the elite of fighter pilots jets. He joined the Red Arrows in 2010 and was Red 4, flying on the right hand of the Nine Diamond Formation. We are all saddened by this loss and our thoughts go to his family and friends. Earlier in the year Jon spoke to his local newspaper about being part of the Red Arrows, and how privileged he felt to be a member of such an elite team. He totally deserved to be part of the team as Jon was a fantastic pilot and a true team player. All the pilots of the Red Arrows are jet fighter pilots from frontline Royal Air Force squadrons.
fly a jet fighter the 10th and 11th Sept in Abbeville
Save the date: we will be flying the Fouga Magister in Abbeville on the 10th and 11th September. This is good news for anyone who wants to experience a great jet fighter ride – the Fouga Magister is simply awesome – but also for a unique chance to fly on the coast. I mean, along the coast, just meters above the waves, and along the white cliffs of the Channel. A 30mn jet fighter flight is enough to get you to the coast from Abbeville, whereas it requires a one hour ride from Beauvais, where our jet fighter is usually stationed. Another great thing about Abbeville is that we can do aerobatics right on the airfield as there is not a lot of traffic at this airport. This is great for you, but also for the people who accompany you and share the experience as they can see you in action! The airfield is also very friendly, good and simple food, so all in all, it is a great day out. So save the date, the 10th and 11th September in Abbeville in the Fouga Magister. Check out the pictures!
Getting ready for air combat
As we mentioned earlier, we are now preparing for a great new flying experience: dogfighting. And to finalise our operations, this summer we went to see some friends in California to see how they were doing it. And we have been reassured as we have had some tremendous fun flying and fighting, just like in air combat. In California, two outfits are doing dog fighting. One with L39 Albatros jet fighters – Mach One. The experience is great, and you have a pilot assisting and looking out for all the traditional dangers of flying a jet fighter so you can focus on the shooting. This was great fun. The other outfit is Air Combat and they propose the dog fighting experience in smaller propeller planes. This experience proved to be even better than with jet fighters as we could focus entirely on what a fighter pilot does – flying and fighting – instead of just trying to shoot. Smaller planes give offer a full hands-on approach without worrying for Gs, sharp turns and so forth. Ultimately, even if dogfighting in a jet fighter is a lot of fun, especially for pilots, we found the smaller planes better adjusted to non pilots. We are quite happy as this is the path we have chosen for our new operations to start soon in Bordeaux. We are finalizing bits and pieces, and we promise you, it will be fantastic!
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Dogfighting coming soon….
As you know, our operations in Bordeaux are currently on hold as we are preparing a fantastic experience for you, to begin in September or October of this year. It will be the first and only dogfight training and experience in Europe. We are currently finalizing the project, and got approval from the French air regulatory body. Soon, you will be able to embark in light plane, dogfight, do military maneuvers and try to shoot down your opponent. You will be placed in situation, with a military pilot next to you, to guide you and give you training. Be prepared for a unique fighter experience, coming very soon. We are very excited about this and hope you will enjoy this too.
Corporate events: fly a jet fighter
We get more and more involved in the organization of corporate events and this has proven fun to do. It is always exciting to participate in the launch a product, or to reward winners of a competition, to discuss about our job and what it means to fly a jet fighter… We have done many different things in the past 6 months, which have been very good. So here is a recap of what we can do: for TVs and the press wishing to experience and report on the experience, you are welcome to do so – however there is no free ride – unless we think we will get decent coverage for your report, but it better be good (even the BBC paid…). Product launch, we work with various brands who wish to be assimilated to the concept of excellence of fighter jet pilots, or the adrenalin, and power of flying a jet fighter. This we can do especially well in both our hangars near Paris. Advertising, and this is fun. You can place your products or services next to our jet fighters, or use them as background for your advert. But we truly love is to fly, and share the experience, so we love these corporate days out when companies come in order to have a good time and fly the jet fighter. This is great and very fulfilling for us. So if ever you are interested, do not hesitate to contact us.
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We are doing the Pontoise Airshow
We are very excited as we are going to participate to the Pontoise Airshow, held in September 2011. This is our second participation to this specific airshow with the L39 Albatros. We are particularly pleased as it is our home base for the L39. Lots of people will attend and great pilots will participate. The Patrouille de France, the French national display team will be there, as well as the feminine aerobatic world champion. The Rafale should be on display, as will our L 39 Albatros, and many other jet fighters. So keep the date and come see us in Pontoise on the 4th September. After the show, we might even go for jet fighter rides, so if anyone is interested, just give us call. The video attached is our rehearsal for the last airshow we did in Pontoise.
We fly our jet fighter in Abbeville in July!
We will be flying our Fouga Magister jet fighter in Abbeville at the following dates: 31st July 2011 24-25th September 2011 Keep the date if you want to live a truly amazing flying experience. Abbeville is a fantastic smaller airport. Located just south of Le Touquet, it has a nice pilot lounge, restaurant and bar which is overlooking the runway. It is great also because the people who accompany you for the ride can come to the plane and take great pictures of you by and in the jet. Secondly, Abbeville is fantastic because we can do some aerobatics just above the airfield. So your family and friends can also enjoy the ride. But thirdly, the greatest thing about Abbeville is that we are so quick to the sea. You fly the jet fighter – yes you take the controls – on our way from Abbeville to the Sea. You can even do some maneuvers like little turns, and if we are confident enough, we will let you do a roll. Then, we regain the controls of the jet fighter as we reach the sea. We will lower our altitude and another fun begins… This is truly amazing. Check out some of our videos on this website. You can also see some videos on our Vimeo page: http://vimeo.com/user4462874 If you want to know more about our jet fighter rides, and how you can book yours, please contact us by email or telephone.
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Fly a jet fighter in July
Wow it’s already July! It has gone so fast. We have had a fantastic six months of the year. We have been flying almost every day, getting more and more people to fly a jet fighter and experience the thrills of a lifetime. Here are some news about what happened in June. We have done more than 15 sorties this month in the Fouga Magister in Abbeville. And flying right over the water and along the cliffs is still something that gives us goose bumps. The rest of the time we have been flying the Fouga in Beauvais, and the L39 Albatros in Paris. What else: we were associated with the launch of movies, namely Transformers 3 and the Green Lantern, as people could enter a competition to win a jet fighter ride. We have done many corporate events also, companies inviting clients and rewarding employees with a jet ride, and this has taken also a bit of time. Lastly, we have welcomed NBC, the US network as they were filming a documentary about extraordinary experiences, and we are quite good at this. We expect July to be as good. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any question about flying a jet fighter, sustaining Gs, and how to prepare for a jet ride. We will be happy to answer all your questions.