With these words, Wilbur Wright confirmed his plans a few minutes before he made the first public flight with a motorised aeroplane. “It’s the man who conquered the air!” A hundred years later, Stijn De Jaeghere is equally determined to realise his flight plans and now goes to extremes to reach the top in aerobatics.
Training at the top of the world
Stijn started his pilot training ten years ago in Wevelgem. He wanted to fly, but went further than most and focused on aerobatics. This spectacular sport is without doubt the art of precision. His trainers, Gerald Cooper and Pierre Varloteaux, are among the top international trainers in the world of aerobatics.
The flying nurse
Currently, Stijn is head of his own home nursing company. He combines his busy professional activity with many training sessions to make it as an aerobatics pilot. He insists on hitting the road almost daily to take care of patients. You could call him ‘the flying nurse’, both literally and figuratively speaking.
Extreme sports often require extraordinary challenges on the part of the athlete. Every reduced pound of body weight means an improvement in the pilot’s performance. For 20 years, Stijn has been struggling with being overweight. Under professional guidance, his endless motivation and willpower resulted in a physical transformation. Stijn succeeded in reducing his body weight by half, from 170 kg to 85 kg.