Development, Test pilot, Competition
Test pilot, Competition pilot
Manuel, from Switzerland , designs and test new gliders with Michael Hartmann. They develop about 50 prototypes each year, the best of which go on to be put into production.
Manuel is a successful competition pilot and gained 11th place in the first World Cup he ever took part in. Apart from competition flying, the OLC and acro-flying appeal to him. In his spare time, he does the same as he does during work – goes flying! “I can't distinguish between work and play. But one thing is certain – both are a lot of fun!”.
Manuel draws his expertise not just from his practical flying experience. He studied engineering in Zurich , focussing on aerodynamics, aircraft statics and light-weight construction. This gives him the theoretical background for his development work with SWING.