Top Austrian paraglider pilots Heli Eichholzer and Christoph Eder have flown a new world record FAI triangle of 268.5km on their Ozone R10.2s.
Making the most of a stretch of fantastic flying weather in the European Alps, and enjoying 3,700m cloudbases, the pair who are both PWC pilots flew as a team for nearly ten hours on 19 April, to make a triangle that started and ended in Kreuzkogel in Sportgastein.
The two turnpoints of the triangle were near Salzburg and Mayrhofen, as you can see from Heli’s XContest tracklog:
Heli says: “At 16:00 we turned to fly along the whole range of the Hohe Tauern back to Sportgastein. It was an indescribable feeling to be at the same height of the Venediger, the Glockner and all the other massive and iconic peaks that we passed”.
The pair were in the air from 10:20am until 20:15, and if ratified the record will beat Chrigel Maurer’s existing record by 3km.
Heli and Chrigel will be pitted against each other again in just this region and in a little over two months, as Red Bull X-Alps pilots. The hike-and-fly race starts in Salzburg on 17 July.
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