By Denis Balibouse
Everybody dreams of flying. Some have even burnt their wings trying to do it. So far, I’ve enjoyed it.
Thanks to my work as a photographer I’ve been lucky enough to experience flight in many different aircraft. I’ve flown in helicopters, paragliders and ultralight planes. I even did jobs for a well-known soft-drink company that proudly asserts that one of its products ‘gives you wings’.
On September 14, I moved one step higher up the ladder when I sat just behind the pilot of an L-39 C Albatros as part of a media demonstration flight prior to the air show in Sion, western Switzerland.
It all started a few weeks earlier when I contacted the air show’s press department about the possibility of placing a couple of Gopro cameras in the cockpit of some planes. I was hoping to have access to four or five aircraft in order to show different angles.
Asking well in advance often means organizers are still in the planning stages, allowing them to include press requests more easily. In my experience, last-minute requests generally result in disappointment.