Hannes Arch’s fans are used to many different things from this Austrian extreme-sports figure, but this slalom flight a few days ahead of the next event in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2016 was out of the ordinary.
Just a few kilometres from Spielberg in Austria, where Arch will compete on 23-24 April, he fulfilled a long-held ambition at one of the world’s highest wind farms, 1,900 meters above sea level, slaloming through the fourteen wind turbines of the Tauern Wind Farm in Oberzeiring (Styria, Austria). Always on the hunt for new challenges and innovative ways to use his skills, the passionate race pilot set a new milestone in his career.
Wind turbines don’t bend, they are rigid, and that is precisely why the idea of flying in between such massive “gates” had such an irresistible appeal for the Austrian pilot. In contrast, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship gates are 25 metres-high inflatable pylons that tear immediately upon contact with the plane.