Cape Town’s High Flyer | Alois Marume

Paragliding has provided an unlikely career escape route for one man in South Africa:

Alois Marume came to South Africa from Zimbabwe looking for work. He found a part time job as a porter for tandem pilots in Cape Town, and while watching them fly off Alois developed a deep passion for Paragliding. After one of the tandem pilots took him for a flight, there was no turning back, Alois was in love: ”This is real freedom!”

Always in a contagiously happy mood, Alois quickly earned the nick-name Smiley and it was his friendly nature that captured the attention of Pete Wallenda, of WallendAir, a long time instructor who saw great potential in young Alois and took him under his wing.

Alois is now a qualified solo pilot with lots of flights under his belt and an ambition to become an instructor and tandem pilot. He has come a long way already but it has not been an easy road. Alois hopes that his story will inspire others and says that when circumstances are difficult it should never discourage you from fulfilling your ambitions.

Happy flying Alois, you inspire us!

Alois was one of the most hard working porters on Lions Head. Though, normally carrying only one tandem kit (weighing in at about 25kg), he was once spotted with these three ;-)
Alois was one of the most hard working porters on Lions Head. Though normally carrying only one tandem kit (weighing in at 20-25kg) on his back, he was once spotted with another on his head and a solo kit dangling on his arm 😉
Alois Marume groundhandling
Alois and his ever present warm smile, showing Pete’s students how to pull up the glider. Wilderness, South Africa.

One Man and His Bird

”I think I’m incredibly lucky to share my life with these beautiful creatures.”

Falconer Jonathan Marshal’s story is one of several which features in the new Animal Planet series Preposterous Pets, which continues tonight, Thursday April 17th, at 8pm.

Yesterday, the Daily Mail published an extensive article about Jonathan Marshal and his birds along with some stunning photos.

Mr Marshall, who trains the birds on his pet horse Tulio, said: ”The paragliding and the hanggliding give you the ability to experience what it’s like to fly like the birds”. He also does skydiving and microlighting with his birds.

Daily Mail

BHPA Elementary Pilot Training Guide 2.0

New pilots: in this publication you’ll find articles dealing with the aspects of our sport that you will need to know about as you begin your flying career. The basic information that you need to enjoy our sport safely is here, along with features that will give you a taste of what’s possible as you progress. We also include some background information on what the BHPA is about, how it is structured and how we can help you.

While the high flights were more spectacular, the low ones were fully as valuable for training purposes. Skill comes by the constant repetition of familiar feats rather than by a few overbold attempts at feats for which the performer is yet poorly prepared. – Wilbur Wright, 1902

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