New Challengers get their water wings

The new pilots training for underwater ditching...

Costa in the pool

Ahead of the first round of the 2018 season, the newest members of the Red Bull Air Race Challenger Class, South Africa's Patrick Davidson and Italian Dario Costa, were put through their paces with a series of underwater emergency escape techniques, known as "Shallow Water Egress Training" (SWET).

SWET enables the pilots to develop specific safety skills and gain valuable experience by practicing underwater escape techniques in a realistic environment. Under the guidance of a specialist team and using a stripped back fuselage submerged in a pool, the pilots carried out a series of drills designed to familiarise them with breathing apparatus, as well as the correct techniques for exiting a fuselage under water and dealing with disorientation.