Das Team

Beni Kälin
Fluglehrer SHV, Speedriding Experte SHV, Tandempilot, Testpilot, SHV SIKU Trainer

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Friedemann Flache
Speedflying and Speedriding Coach

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Sancho
Speedflying and speedriding coach

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Sebastian
Tandempilot, Takeoff manager, XC Champion, Gear tester

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Zachary
Speedflying and speedriding coach

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Patrick
Tandempilot, Takeoff manager

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Jan
Speedflying Pilot, Backoffice IT

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Beni Kälin

Beni learnt to fly from his dad when he was 18 and also started skydiving at the same time. Since age 20 Beni is working fulltime in the paragliding industry, first as an assistant instructor and then 10 years fulltime running the Chill Out school. Beni was one of the first to start speedflying in Switzerland and has discovered many of the today popular places. In 2008 Beni figured out to fly barrel rolls, this didn’t exist bevor. 2011 Beni was the first one to realize BASE XRW and shake hands with a wingsuit basejumper in flight. 2016 Beni also did the first succesfull groundloops. From 2011 to 2013 he did 300 wingsuit basejumps and ended his base career with a record flight of the Jungfrau from exactly 4 min freefall. Since 2008 Beni is also part of the Swing Speedflying Development Team and was involved in the development of the Spitfire 1 & 2 and Mirage 1 and Mirage RS.
Beni has also done many long XC flights across the big mountains and glaciers of the alps. He has flewn over at least half of all 4000+ meter summits of the alps and landed on some of them, including twice the Mont Blanc. In 2013 on the solo wing and in 2019 on the tandem. Beni has also launchend more then 40 times from a 4000m summit. He is a very relaxed instructor and likes to pass on his knowledge. 

Friedemann Flache

My love of being in the air started in 2004 when I jumped out of a Transall C-160 at 400m as a paratrooper. Ever since this moment I knew I needed to be in the air as much as possible. I decided to study Aerospace Engineering at the University and learned more about my favorite elemental environment, flying, and the technology behind all that! My graduation developed my understanding, allowed me to progress, and also to give something back to the flying community. During my studies I joined SWING as an intern and merged my hobby with my working life. I´m as well part of the research & development team of SWING paragliders.

 

Sancho

 
Sancho is a fulltime proffessional skydiver. He earns his living with pushing scared passengers out of a chopper for Skydive Interlaken. If he isn’t pushing them out of the door, he films them how they get pushed out and swoops with his 6 square meter parachute afterwards. Sancho is a very keen speedflying pilot, spending the winters in New Zealand also pushing people out of choppers and speedflying in his freetime. He loves the speed, but is very down to earth and a relaxed character. 

Sebastian

Sebastian Ospina is a professional tandempilot since many years in Interlaken, working for Skywings. He is also a very keen XC pilot and Km chaser. Two times in a row he was 3rd in the world XC Contest. Seb also tests gliders and writes reviews for the XC Magazine. Seb is probably the pilot with the most 400+ Km XC flights. 

 

Zachary

I’m proof that you really can teach an old dog new tricks. I have a lot of experience in the mountains on skis and mountain bikes, but I’m a relative newcomer to the world of air sports. But from the moment I took my first paragliding flight 6 years ago, I’ve been in the air every chance I get. Switzerland is a paradise for flying, so speedriding and speedflying were a natural progression for me once I became confident on a normal paraglider. In the summer I’m a canyoning guide and instructor, and a tandem pilot.

Patrick

Patrick is very talented young pilot, keen on XC flying, Acro flying and miniwing flying. He also did his first competitions. Patrik is also a licenced Tandempilot. Patrick will be our takeoff manager on the Spring intense course.

Jan