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Secrets of a fly guy

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Training in the air and on the ground keeps Pilot Hannes Arch race ready

“The amount of time you have to prepare for a Red Bull Air Race is very limited,” says Austrian Hannes Arch. “Flying is the only way to achieve the precision you need for racing, so I do a lot of airshows, and go to a training camp three or four times a year which focuses on aerobatics.”

When it comes to improving strength, being in the air wins again. So outside the cockpit, the runner-up in the 2014 World Championships tops it up with bouldering and climbing. “The only way to learn to cope with the G-force is to fly,” he says. “What we can train for on the ground is stamina, which is really important for pilots. Mountain biking, road-bike racing, paragliding and ski touring all improve my endurance and general fitness. They also help me clear my mind, which is good practice for when I need to focus on quick steering manoeuvres in the cockpit.”

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Hannes Arch: the 47-year-old has won nine Red Bull Air Races

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In Focus

“Our planes can rotate as much as 600° per second,” says Arch. “The horizon goes blurry. This exercise simulates rotational acceleration and helps you improve your balance.”

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“I look at an image in front of me, jump up and rotate 360° around my own axis as fast as I can. When I come to a sudden stop, I try to focus on the image again immediately”



Arch’s pre-flight entertainment: “Music and images are an important part of my preparation. I use the headphones from my sponsors AKG before every race. Sagte der Bär, a track by electronic musician Paul Kalkbrenner, gets me in the perfect mood so I can focus on my lap, which lasts about a minute.”


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