Bonus Segment- Rick Heatley and the breakdown

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Episode 94- Patrick Von Kanel and the greatest Game on Earth

 

Patrick Von Kanel is only 25 years old but in a few days he’ll be one of the athletes to really watch in the Red Bull X-Alps. His mentors include Michael and Chrigel Maurer, he’s a test pilot for Advance, he’s big, he’s strong, he’s of course Swiss (no non-Swiss pilot has ever won the X-Alps), he’s solid in acro and he came in second in his last two hike and fly races- to the Eagle himself, Chrigel Maurer. In this episode we learn about what he’s learned from these incredible mentors, Chrigel’s X-Alps specific academy, tips and secrets to stay safe, once again the importance of ground handling, maintaining the drive when you fly so much, tips and strategies for the race, how Patrick has been training for the race and a lot more. An intriguing conversation with an exceptional pilot and athlete. Enjoy!

By the way- I apologize for my intro saying it was 2 weeks until the race, we put up Wolfi Siess in the last episode. It’s only 4 days!

 

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Show Notes:

  • Patrick describes his history and being mentored by Chrigel and Michael Maurer
  • What’s the most important things to build from to stay safe
  • Training tips and strategies
  • Mental training with Thomas Theurillat
  • How to prepare for something as huge as the Red Bull X-Alps
  • What changes should we all make- not just in flying, but in life

 

Mentioned in this episode:

Chrigel Maurer, Michael Maurer, Advance Paragliders, Michael Witschi, FlywithAndy.com, Thomas Theurillat, OneDay, Martin Scheel

 

Episode 93- Wolfgang (Wolfi) Siess and the Hang Gliding obsession

 

Wolfi Siess has been chasing it hard for the past 19 years. He watched his Dad fly from the time he began to walk- the flying blood runs thick in this family! As soon as it was legal (and his mom gave him the ok!) Wolfi took to the skies and hasn’t looked back since. He’s big on the comp scene, flies tandems all summer, speed flies, makes films- basically does whatever he can to keep the dream alive. Four years ago Wolfi tumbled low on a perfect day in Elsinore and a delayed fear injury set in that took over three years to come back from. We discuss how to build confidence after an accident or set back and how to build the right space in your mind to find the joy of flying again. We discuss how to build the best foundation early for a lifetime of safe flying, balancing an obsession, flying in a family, overconfidence, the art of chasing it, how to attract more people to the sport, the advantages of Hang Gliding, drones and the future of free-flight and a lot more. Always fun to talk with someone who has so much love and passion for free flight. Enjoy!

Check out some of Wolfi’s videos and awesome content:

Wolfi’s YouTube Channel

Wolfi’s Instagram Channel

Masters, Misfits and Moab“- the Rhythm of Flight project

The tumble in Elsinore

 

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Show Notes:

  • Wolfi tumbles in California
  • Learning from Dad and chasing it
  • Accidents and recovery
  • Energy retention on Hang Gliders
  • How to attract more pilots to the sport
  • Hours, hours, hours
  • Balancing the obsession
  • Tandems
  • Speed flying and the ground effect
  • The Rhythm of Flight
  • The advice he wishes he would have gotten
  • Learning from others mistakes
  • The Dream Flight
  • Pushing too hard

 

Mentioned in this episode:

Evan Smith, Zac Majors, Wills Wing, Andy Jackson Flight Park, Jonas Lobitz, Bruce Weaver, Cody Mittanck, Willi Canell, Paul Guschlbauer, Maxime Bellemin, Cross Country Magazine, Berkhard Martens, Denis Pagen, Red Bull X-Alps, Manfred Ruhmer, Christian Ciech, Chrigel Maurer

 

 

Episode 92- Marcella Uchoa and breaking the Women’s World Record

Marcella Uchoa breaks the Women's world record

Marcella Uchoa on her way to breaking the women’s world record

On October 25th, 2018 Marcella Uchoa flew into the record books by flying 411 km across the Sertao, Brazil. She broke Seiko Fukuoka’s record of 402 km in Australia set in December of 2015. Marcella was in good company, team flying with Rafael Saldini, Frank Brown, Samuel Nascimento, Marcelo Prieto (the same group who flew 564 km to break the world distance record a few years back) as well as Sebastien Ospina, an ace pilot from Colombia.  How did she do it? What kind of dedication is needed? How have the Brazilians developed team flying in such windy conditions? The day was far from epic, and frequently very difficult but Marcella and the team powered through and nailed it. This is a really fun and inspiring story told by a really passionate pilot who I get the feeling is only getting started. Enjoy!

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Show Notes:

  • Flying the Sertao
  • When to move up on wings
  • Flying- Love at first sight
  • Making smart moves
  • Balancing flying and school, family, and life
  • Quixada and getting it wrong
  • Flying with the A Team
  • Learning to fly as a group
  • The big day

 

Mentioned in this episode:

Rafael Saladini, Skywalk, Samuel Nascimento, Frank Brown, Donizete Lemos, Mitch Riley, Matt Henzi, Marcelo Prieto, Sebastien Ospina

 

Marcella Uchoa in Quixada

Episode 91- Rick Heatley and the pucker factor

Rick Heatley’s cold night out

 

Let’s face it- sometimes things go wrong. And sometimes you get lucky. This is one of those stories and there is a LOT here we can all learn from. Rick Heatley was having a lovely day in the sky on a near-perfect day at a new site on the rugged and wild Vancouver Island, British Colombia when suddenly things went proper pear shaped. Moments later he was on a super steep slope, his wing was in a tree and he was in knee deep snow. And the helicopter wasn’t going to be able to get him. It was going to be a very long, cold night…

Safety is a recurring theme on the Cloudbase Mayhem and these happy ending episodes that are littered with “shoulda, woulda, coulda” help all of us fly safer and more prepared for when things go wrong. Listen and share. This one has some serious pucker factor.

To read more about the incident go here.  And for a full debrief of the incident and what the community learned go here.

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Show Notes:

  • The day begins- and a perfect day it is!
  • The little mistakes start to add up- complacency stings again
  • What can we learn?
  • What should we pack?
  • If we could rewind the clock…
  • Rules to live by
  • What are we missing in our instruction?
  • Creating a culture of safety

 

Mentioned in this episode:

Bill Belcourt, Paul Guschlbauer, Jeff Shapiro, Manfred Ruhmer, Christien Ciech, Wolfgang Seiss, Will Gadd, Reavis Sutphin-Gray, Rob Sporrer, Eagle Paragliding, Mitch Riley

 

Bonus Segment- Jeff Shapiro and the Thermal Crescendo

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Episode 90- Threat and Error Management (TEM) and Free Flight

 

THREATS. Strategies. Resist. Resolve. CONSEQUENCE. ERRORS.

TEM stands for “Threat and Error Management.” It was developed in the commercial airline industry in the early 90’s as a result of a series of accidents that happened because of human error. TEM is a simple system that helps pilots identify threats so they don’t lead to errors which if they multiply could lead to an “undesirable aircraft state.” It’s simply an awareness protocol laid out through a series of checklists and procedures that become built-in threat mitigation.  Threats in all forms of flight are ubiquitous- internal and external threats are everywhere. So how can we use this remarkably successful program in free flight to reduce risk? And how can we make safety a bigger part of our free-flight culture? The parallels with commercial flight and free flight are  similar and if we as a flying community even have a basic understanding of TEM accidents in our sport would plummet. In this episode we talk about the four basic tools you can develop (avoidance, passive safety, defensive safety, active and reactive safety)  to build your resilience to threats and risk; the chess analogy and the Art of War; how understanding TEM consciously will allow our subconscious to keep us safer; the critical phase of flight; the difference between TEM and risk management and a lot more things that you NEED to hear. Listen to this one! Fly safe!

To read all about TEM and get the distilled version go here.

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Show Notes:

  • TEM- what is it, where it came from and how it helps pilots mitigate risk
  • The four tools of TEM
  • The chess analogy- offense and defense
  • “The chess we play is against mother nature”
  • “Many threats in our sport are invisible”
  • The critical phase of flight and the “sterile cockpit” procedure
  • Using TEM forensically- working the accident backwards
  • Using TEM on the fly
  • What’s the difference between TEM and Risk Management?
  • How can we use this system, and why we need to
  • Fear and TEM.
  • Safety audit
  • Rick Brezina’s Dust Devil and TEM

 

Mentioned in this episode:

Red Bull X-Alps, Foundation for Free Flight, Rick Brezina, Cross Country Magazine, Matt Beechinor, Nate Scales, Rob Sporrer, Mitch Riley, Chris Santacroce, The Art of War, Kelly Farina, USHPA, Brad Gunnuscio, Reavis Sutphin-Gray 

Episode 89- Travis Burke and believing it’s possible

 

Travis Burke is an athlete, professional photographer and content creator for some of the largest adventure, commercial and action-sports brands in the outdoor industry. This is a remarkable story told by a very driven and interesting guy who spends as much time as possible slacklining, dropping crazy drops skateboarding, surfing, freediving and recently paragliding who has figured out how to make a living from his hobbies and passions. What kind of leap of faith is needed to make it happen? What does total commitment look like? How do you face your fears and cut the cord? Every once in awhile here at the Mayhem we like to sit down with pilots who are just getting started to get their perspective, and this talk will give you a very different perspective on life. The best kind of talk there is! Enjoy!

Follow Travis on his social media channels for some seriously beautiful images and inspiration:

Travis Burke on Instagram

Travis Burke on Facebook

Travis Burke Photography Website

 

 

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Show Notes: 

  • Finding your passion…and making it your life
  • The art of content creation and how to stand out
  • From catalyst to success
  • Wait a minute…there’s a downside here?
  • #vanlife!!!
  • The most important trip you’ll ever take
  • Hard work or talent? How to be at the right place at the right time
  • How to get the shot, and how much time is shooting vs the computer, editing, planning, etc.
  • How to stay authentic in the social media madness?
  • Flying- what to learn early, what to be aware of, how to incorporate flying into your life when you don’t have much time

 

Mentioned in this episode:

Grind TV and Grind Media, David Hatfield, GoPro, ClifBar, GoalZero, Michael Paul Jones, RED Camera, Jody MacDonald, Jeremy Cannon, Jimmy Chin, Black Diamond, Patagonia, Toyota, Nik Hawks

 

Episode 88- Rob Sporrer and building community, risk awareness and focus on fundamentals

Rob Sporrer and Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston

“Even the best pilots, when they have accidents, it’s usually because they’ve screwed up something fundamental.” Rob Sporrer is the owner of Eagle Paragliding, one of the largest and most respected flying schools in the world. He’s been in the game for over two decades as an instructor, comp pilot, and respected pillar in the community. This conversation covers a lot of ground- we discuss risk management; the importance of working on the fundamentals no matter where you are in your progression as a pilot; where the sport typically bites and how you can beat the odds; how you can and should develop mental checklists; how to build a thriving flying community; how to support those who support you; the difference in SIV and the real world and a ton more. Don’t miss this one!

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Show Notes: 

  • How is flying and learning different now than 20 years ago?
  • What attracts people to this sport…and why is it skycrack to some but not to most?
  • “Support those who support you”
  • Risk Management- at every level. How can you beat the odds?
  • Where do pilots get hurt? How to greatly reduce accidents.
  • How to land safely
  • How to launch safely
  • How to build a thriving community that stresses optimism, positivity, and encouragement
  • Working on the basics- EVERYONE needs to!
  • Reserve practice- you HAVE to practice!
  • Mental checklists and when you shouldn’t fly
  • Glider choice
  • Keep the fundamentals polished
  • Red Bull X-Alps

 

Rob Sporrer in Colombia on the Niviuk IcePeak 6

Mentioned in this episode:

Pete Thompson, Dave Hanning, Tom Truax, Cedar Wright, Dave Turner, Little John, Reavis Sutphin-Gray, Marty Devieti, Cody Tuttle, Mitch Riley, Jeff Shapiro, Aaron LaPlante, Mike Harrington, Will Gadd, Chris Santacroce, Randy Campadore, Nick Greece, Greg Babush, Kevin Bernanke, Logan Walters, Steve Kroop, Garmin, Recaps, Patagonia