The Icarus Trophy, run by The Adventurists, is the World's Toughest Paramotor Race. SkySchool is the official European Training partner for the Icarus Trophy and also part of the Race Committee. In 2015 we trained and supplied equipment for 8 pioneers, 6 of whom competed in the event. We are contuining our support by offering discounted Training courses and Kit packages for those who have either booked onto the event or wish to see what all the fuss is about by sitting a 4 day Taster Course! To discover more contact us.
In the 2015 Pioneers event SkySchool MD Alex Ledger and CFI Kester Haynes were part of the Race Committee, responsible for overseeing the safety of the competitors. The race started on the 10th October and consisted of 25 pilots attempting to fly 1,300km from Seattle to Sacramento. It was the first time a long distance air race of this kind had ever been attempted. There were two categories, the Race Class, which was unsupported meaning pilots had to carry everything they needed during the race, and the Adventure Class, which allowed pilots to be supported by a ground crew. The Race Class was won by Aussie Dave Wainwright who completed the course in a staggering 2.5 days! The Adventure Class consisted of more than 20 pilots, 6 of whom who had trained with SkySchool over the previous 9 months, including Cayle Royce, a double amputee who had taken part in the 2014 Flying for Heroes expedition. Supported by his brother Seth and flying a specially modified ParaTrike made by Parajet, Cayle completed the route in 10 days. Cayle's amazing achievement was made possible by support from the charity Help for Heroes and we hope it inspires other disabled people to learn how to fly and take part in this fantastic event.
WHERE: The U.S.A.
START LINE: A location to be confirmed in Washington State
FINISH LINE: A location to be confirmed in California State
DISTANCE: 1,300 km
WHEN: 1st - 16th October 2016
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