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  • I am out of shape – the instructor speaks about the results of a new skill assessment test in FlyStation

I am out of shape – the instructor speaks about the results of a new skill assessment test in FlyStation

There is a new examination format of instructors in the wind tunnel FlyStation, it is an assessment test of flight techniques. If an instuructor fails it, he won’t be allowed to work! This examination was proposed by the FlyStation CEO Oleg Parmanin and the chief instructor Dmitry Lednev. They decided to do it because instructors must not only fly themselves but also teach others.        

"It is unusual to take the skill assessment test in wind tunnels", - tells Oleg Parmanin. – "There is a set of basic requirements for staff, which mostly concerns the safety control. But we want to maintain a high level of sport development and education of our students. We are for good quality, otherwise there won’t be any progress".

The World and European trends in the wind tunnel industry are changing all the time. In the last few years the knowledge of the competition disciplines is the most appreciated among the proflyers, as well as capacity to teach certain tricks. Students are ready to follow such coaches around the world. So FlyStation instructors had to show their skills in the most popular disciplines: Freestyle and D2W.

"We’ve checked all the compulsory elements in Freestyle, that must be done by every competing athlete", - said the chief instructor Dmitry Lednev. – "All the other elements, which belong to the freeroutines and are flown to music,are creativity of flyers. In D2W we had two different draws from the dive pool. That covered all the body orientations and transitions".  

All the instructors were nervous before the skill assessment test because most of them don’t perform these elements every day. However, for those who never miss the competitions, it was much easier to pass the test. For instance, Andrey Lementar has taken part in the Russian Indoor Skydiving Championship this year, so he easily demonstrated all the required elements. But he was unsatisfied with his result and gave himself a low mark.  

"It’s not good enough, because I know that I can do it better and I did it better", - said Andrew. – "I should practice more D2W, it’s easy to remember dive pools outside the tunnel, but in the wind you’re upside down and it gets confusing!"

"D2W also appeared more difficult to me", - another FlyStation instructor Evgenii Lello agreed with Andrey. – "I can say, that I went out of shape, really out of shape.But this skill assessment test will definitely keep every one in shape in future". 

CEO Oleg Parmanin and the chief instructor Dmitry Lednev were not very critical while judging the guys’ performances. In their opinion nobody failed, so there were no reason to suspend anyone from work.   

"Everybody has completed the certification successfully", - admitted Oleg. – "Andthis skill test was not so easy". 

"Of course, there is something to improve", - added Dmitry. – "Someone got better, someone did a little worse, but everything could be worked out in future".

The plan is to hold such assessments at least once a year. And this is despite the fact that such tests is not a usual practice in other wind tunnels. But this doesn’t stop FlyStation. For example, there was a time when there were no official windtunnel competitions in Russia, but they are held annually now!