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New Business Takes off


Aerobatics Leicester has launched at Leicester Airport, offering a spectacular flying experience you’ll never forget. Charlie’s latest ‘mean-machine’, a bright yellow Pitts Special S-2C has just arrived. “It really is the last word in aerobatic biplanes, with a much higher performance than the S-2A I used to teach in at Sywell.,” says the 31-year-old commercial pilot. “We specifically chose this aircraft because it’s got the power to fly advanced-level competition, which is what I aim to do in 2012. Also, it has two seats, so I can offer the same training that I used to at Northamptonshire School of Flying.”


Flights cost £180, and you must be taller than five feet and weigh less than 16 stone to take part.


“The main thrust of our business will be taking thrill-seekers up for a 30 minute ultimate aerobatic experience. But people are very welcome to book a flight to fly through the clouds and just see the sights of Northamptonshire; a ride in the aeroplane is an experience in itself.” smiles Charlie.


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“We like to get people to do a lot of the flying themselves; it’s dual-controlled so we can show customers how to fly the aircraft and get them to carry out basic aerobatic manoeuvres, loops, rolls and stall turns. After five or six figures, if the customer is enjoying it, we can spice things up by putting in more advanced manoeuvres like vertical rolls, tail slides and flick rolls. We can even combine a series of figures to fly a display that you may see at an airshow.”


And if you want to relive every twist and turn when you’re back on the ground, your flight can be recorded from inside the aircraft on hi-definition Contour GPS camera. The film is then downloaded and edited onto DVD for you to play back at home. You may have already flown with Mr Kimbell. He was a pilot with Monarch for seven years before recently joining Virgin Atlantic. Together with Mark Johnson and Dave Biddles, who are also instructors for Aerobatics Leicester, the three pilots have


At the first hint of summer, thrill-seekers everywhere head for the theme parks in droves. The promise of 90 seconds of adrenalin-rushing, gravity-defying excitement – after standing in a queue for forty minutes – never fails to satisfy. But if you’ve got to the point when all roller-coasters seem a bit tame and you’re tired of being eaten by wasps, Charlie Kimbell has the perfect solution to turn your world upside down.


By Christine Barton.


more than 20,000 hours of flying experience between them. Charlie started competing in aerobatics in 2004 and has twice won the National Aerobatic Championships.


“Many years ago,” he says, “I was lucky enough to be flying in the back of a P51 Mustang Warbird when the pilot did a loop and we went through a cloud layer, bursting into beautiful sunshine when we were upside down. From that moment, I knew that aerobatics was what I wanted to do. And now I’ve set up Aerobatics Leicester with my business partner Michael Wright, to offer flying experiences, aerobatics training, and Pitts Special conversion courses for existing pilots.” (from May 11)


To book a lesson or trial flight contact:


Charlie on 07801 661114 www.aerobaticsleicester.co.uk


photography by John K Evans www.johnkevans.co.uk / 01604 882 268


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