OMNI AVIATION COMPLEX, CLARK FREEPORT ZONE – Britain’s The Flying Circus along with the AeroSuperBatics Wingwalkers will perform for the first time in the Philippines at the 2018 Hot Air Balloon Festival at the Omni Aviation Complex grounds on Feb 8-11, 2018. The AeroSuperBatics Wingwalkers are the world’s only aerobatic formation wingwalking team. It is based in the UK and have been specialists in display flying for over 30 years and operate one of the best known and loved civilian air display acts in Europe.
Captain Joy Roa, event director, introduced the performers to the media. They are Katie Hobbs aka “Shockwave” and Emily Guilding aka “Vortex” as the windwalkers and the pilots are Martyn Carrington and David Barrel. The planes in use are the The ‘Super Stearmans’ of the Breitling Wingwalking team are driven by 450 hp radials. That mighty extra power means the pilots don’t need to gain energy for manoeuvres by continually diving, then climbing for altitude in order to dive again. All the energy they need is bolted to the front of the aircraft.
Along with the announcement of the windwalkers, the Department of Tourism, also announced the holding of the World’s Strongest Man competition to be held in Manila on April 18-May 1 for the qualifier rounds then May 5-6 for the finals.
Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Tulfo-Teo made this announcement with the heads of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and Clark International Aviation Commission (CIA). This will be also to be a first time event. No announcement yet as who are the contestants.
The world’s strongest man is a strongman competition. Organized by IMG, an Endeavor company, it is broadcast in the US during summers and in the UK around the end of December each year.Competitors qualify based on placing in the top three at the four to eight Giants Live events each year.
Among the speakers at the press event are Capt. Joy Roa, Steven Ceasar G. Virata, Resident Manager at Caylabne Bay Resort and Farm Manager at Rancho Leonor, Mr. Alex Caguiran, OIC president of CIAC, Tourism Asec Ferderick Allegre, Usec Katherine Castro, Undersecretary for Office of Public Affairs, Communications and Special Projects and Mr. Noel F. Managkil, president of CDC. the 22nd Balloon festival will be participated by representatives from over 21 countries and will feature paragliding, ultralight planes and Nightglow in the evening where the hot air balloons fly at night with glowing lights around it.