Who’s Markus

Job: Airline-Pilot / Deputy Head of Training and passionate Typerating Instructor and Examiner on the A320

Origin: Gadmen / BE (in the middle of nowhere)

Date of Birth: Somewhen in the last century

Why flying planes ?

Because I really like it (still)

How did you start ?

Flying gliders in Berne on the famous “Rhoenlerche”

For how long are you flying and what is your experience in terms of Championships ?

I started flying 35 years ago (reading that number almost hearts a bit J). Aerobatics I started to fly shortly after my PPL 1992 in the US on a Decathlon. The first competition I participated was Lodrino in 2002, I flew Sportsman through and including Unlimited (Unlimited only for 1 year in Yverdon in 2009). Afterwards I had a 9 year-break flying competitions and started again in 2019 in the new Category Excellence

Why the Extra?

It is a fantastic Aircraft, with well-balanced controls

If there would be only one, which would it be ? 

For Aerobatics the EA 330 SC, for commercial Flying the A330 (funny that number really has something)

What is your favourite figure ? 

The Inverted flat spins, because I think it is a really peaceful, enjoyable manoeuvre

Any quotes or short stories linked to your pilot’s life you would like to share with us ?

There would be probably a few. Commercially I was training pilots in India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Brazil, Singapore… and had two engine failures, three failures to extend the landing gear, a really sporty electrical failures, smoke, a heavily vibrating aircraft, a few times hairy weather J, interesting passengers… Best to be shared in front of a beer, I guess

Do you have other hobbies when you are grounded ?

I play with passion (but pretty badly) Tennis J, beside I am working quite a lot

What is your wish in terms of SAA or aerobatics in Switzerland ?

I believe that Jerome has a lot of energy and commitment to bring the SAA forward. I truly like the Hamilton-Cup, I hope the SAA continues to develop the way it does.

Who is the next MoM ?

Jérôme Cusin