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Mercan Gunel

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Mercan Gunel

Mercan is the youngest member of the team and yet we have been friends for the longest time. I knew her from a baby and she has been surrounded by flying all her life. We flew together since she was 13 and I remember talking her through her I first stall when she was just 14, when she did her first SIV with me. I was way more scared than she was, but I knew she had an incredible skill at flying and was also a very careful and responsible pilot.


We have flown together around the world from Brazil to France and she happily floats around the skies with her customary permanent big smile and enthusiastic voice. She often guided our students high across the alps flying an acro wing and with no vario and a hand held radio, chatting away in rough thermals while they were gripped with positive fear.

Although she is a great XC pilot, her real passion is Acro. From a very young age she picked up SATs and big wingovers which got her hooked on continuously improving her style and technique. In 2011 she became 3rd woman in the acro worlds, and in 2012 she achieved 2nd!

I am very proud of her, not just because of her flying but also for her attitude. She is always full of energy and is willing to help anyone. It is a pleasure to spend time with her and especially to see her fly.

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