My name is Håvard Flaat and I am currently working as Operations Manager at Airspace Indoor Skydiving. I started skydiving in 2000 and Wind Tunnel Flying in 2004. I started getting really serious at that time with the sport and joined the Norwegian freefly national team Skywalkers in 2006. We did several competitions indoor and outdoor, but were equally as active promoting our sponsors in several other extreme sports such as speedriding and BASE jumping. At the same time I started working as an instructor at Bodyflight Bedford and since then it has been quite a journey.
When did you start flying?
skydiving in 2000 and Wind Tunnel Flying in 2004.
How many hours have you ﬂown in the tunnel?
never counted my tunnel hours.
Do you skydive and if yes, jump numbers to date?
I have about 6000 skydives.
What is your main achievement?
My main achievements are to have pushed several different sports to a new level with my teammates and friends at the same time inside or outside of competition. I have lots of proud moments, but being in a 4-way head down carve down the troll wall would be the highest performance of my life probably, and at the same time something I am not rushing or recommending anyone to repeat.
Why are you ﬂying ?
I am flying to progress, learn, teach, compete and most importantly to be part of the community. Flying is a balance sport and should be practiced such as. Relax your body completely when you fly and any sign of getting tired during flying means you are doing something wrong. Learn to use proper techniques and body positions on a low comfortable windspeed from the beginning. If not your progression will come to a quick stop and you will have to start over to be able to progress again.
What fascinates you about ﬂying/indoor skydiving?
At the moment what is fascinating me is how extremely technical the sport has become and how high the level is. I look up to younger more talented flyers now and find myself having fun trying to learn and catch up.
TRAVEL TO JAPAN
Have you ever been to Japan ?
I have visited Japan and Tokyo once before. We stopped by on our way home from the 2009 World Games in Taiwan where we finished second. I do not wish to get into detail on what we did while in Japan, but lets just say we were celebrating.
What are you excited to see / do in Japan ?
Hoping to see more of the city this time around. However I am mostly excited to watch the flyers train and compete, and I will be spending most of my time preparing to judge.