Guido Gehrmann in fatal plane crash

Guido Gehrmann in a Flying Bulls Microjet, 2011. Photo: Red Bull Content Pool

Guido Gehrmann in a Flying Bulls Microjet, 2011. Photo: Red Bull Content Pool

Guido Gehrmann, former world hang gliding champion, has died in a plane crash. He was 38.

According to local news reports the crash happened yesterday, 1 May 2013, while Guido was attempting an emergency landing in a field near the village of Mils in Austria. He was flying a BD5-J Microjet as part of the Flying Bulls team.

The Flying Bulls confirmed the news on their website, saying:

Guido was respected for many years with the Flying Bulls not only as an excellent pilot but also for his wonderful personality. To Guido’s family and his many other friends, we share our deepest sympathy.

A local news website reports that the crash happened when Guido was returning home following a motor sport event.

He was seen attempting to make an emergency landing but crashed into a hillside near a residential building. The crash closed the main road for a short while.

A pilot’s pilot Guido flew everything: from commercial airliners to hang gliders.

A competition pilot from a young age, Guido won the Hang Gliding World Championships in 1998 and won silver at the Europeans the same year. He won silver at the Europeans again in 2002 and had won bronze in 1996.

After reaching the top in hang gliding he had gone on to attain his commercial pilot’s licence, while continuing to fly recreationally, for fun and as part of the Flying Bulls display team.

We extend sincere sympathies to Guido’s family and friends – we know he will be greatly missed.

Guido Gehrmann, on the cover of Cross Country magazine in 1998

Guido Gehrmann, on the cover of Cross Country magazine in 1998

A full list of Guido’s achievements in hang gliding:

1996: Bronze in the European Championships

1997: Fifth in the World Air Games

1998: Gold in the World Championships

1998: Silver in the European Championships

2001: Ninth in the World Championships

2001: Ninth in the World Air Games

2002: Silver in the European Championships

2003: Sixth in the World Championships

2005: Ninth in the World Championships

2006: Silver in the World Hang Gliding Aerobatic Championships

2009: Silver in the World Air Games

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8 Responses to “Guido Gehrmann in fatal plane crash”

  1. Andre
    May 2, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    R.I.P. Guido.

  2. Ana
    May 2, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    You will be missed from Lufthansa…

  3. crazyessesentaynueve
    May 2, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    Deseo que en donde estes puedas seguir surcando los aires a todas las horas y que disfrutes todo lo que puedas al lado de otros compañeros que nos dejaron, Un abrazo muy fuerte y que descanses en paz, pero no dejes de volar.

  4. May 2, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    Fly high, Guido

  5. sherry
    May 3, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    Fond memories Guido. Thanks for flying into my/our life. Sherry

  6. ronaldo
    May 10, 2013 at 3:21 am #

    sou fã desse piloto. ele tinha o dom de voar

  7. de la Bouillerie Baudouin
    May 19, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    Jörg papa de guido vient de m’apprendre le terrible accident.Jörg est mon meilleur ami et cette nouvelle me rend terriblement triste.Je suis moi même passionné par les aéronefs je suis en formation de pilote hélicoptère sur R22 et Jörg me fait partager cette passion.Guido a vécu intensément dans ses passions il repoussait ses limites il était passionné c’était sa vie.J’adresse toute mon amitié à sa famille dans cette grande épreuve.
    Baudouin de la Bouillerie

  8. Parfait Maurice
    May 22, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

    Maurice pilote de l’ ATL Robin de Thouars LFCT

    Je viens d’apprendre la terrible nouvelle par Pierre Biasse ,un ami pilote de Thouars.
    Georges ,nous pensons beaucoup à toi et espérons que ce petit mot des amis de Thouars te redonnera un peu de force pour surmonter cette épreuve.
    Ton fils Guido était un passionné de l’air comme nous l’avons vu sur le site .
    Il était comme toi amoureux de tout ce qui vole!
    Sache que tu es le bien venu chez nous à THOUARS et que nous serions heureux de te revoir aux beaux jours comme d’habitude.
    Nous t’adressons nos sincères condoléances ainsi qu’à toute votre famille.
    Maurice Parfait
    Aeroclub de Thouars

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