Couple aim for aerobatic crown
A HUSBAND and wife team from Denham will take to the skies to represent Great Britain in a Europe-wide aerobatic competition.
Mike and Emily Collet have been selected to represent Team GB at the European Advanced Aerobatic Championship, which takes place in the Czech Republic from Saturday (August 5) to August 13.
They flew their Cap232 competition aircraft, which is based at White Waltham Airfield, Maidenhead, from Bucks to the championship earlier this week and will be leaving all affability in England as they both fight for individual success.
Emily, 33, is a previous aerobatics champion having won the British Advanced Aerobatics in 2016, a competition in which Mike, a national title winner at Intermediate level in 2015, came second. And the pair will be using this competition, which takes place in Chotebor and features 60 of the top European aerobatic pilots compete for the title, as part of their preparations for the World Advanced Aerobatic Championships next year.
Emily, who met her 32-yearold husband while he was a gliding instructor at Wycombe Air Park, said: “It’s quite daunting. There’s going to be lots and of contestants. We’re hoping it’s something that we can build on for next year.”
She added: “It’s really exciting but we have to concentrate and focus now.
“It’s quite exhausting but it’s quite good fun too. It will be good to meet some of our fellow competitors.”
Flying as part of the British Aerobatics Team, the pair were due to travel out on Saturday (July 29) but the appalling summer weather put a stop to their plans.
Hailing the equal nature of the sport Emily added: “It’s one of the few sports that men and women compete on a level playing field.”
The duo will be sponsored by Air Total, Ultimate Aerobatics’ new partner, who will be supporting the competitive couple leading up to the 2018 championships.
Mike and Emily Collet