a little about us...
Kelly Farina - Author of 'Mastering Paragliding,'
Austrian Arena course leader & former British Paragliding Team member.
"After learning to fly in the UK I moved to the Alps in 1995 to learn about Alpine flying and I'm still here. I started Austrian Arena in 2002 when I realized the potential for motivated and recreational pilots alike to enjoy safe XC flights in stunning surroundings.
Since then we went on to expand our areas to include the ultra-reliable Bassano del Grappa back in 2006 & in 2007 the ever-impressive Dolomites joined our range.
After fighting with increasingly difficult conditions suffered by the North side of the Alps I had the easy decision to include Greifenburg to our list of areas in 2013. It has proved each time that we were right to offer it. The potential on even mediocre days has impressed even myself.
Over the years I have worked out that being flexible is the key to success when looking for those extra special long-haul flights over amazing & technical terrain or just to have a fun, relaxing flying holiday away from over crowded skies."
BHPA Advanced Pilot rated with over 3,000hrs, mainly Alpine.
Luigi Basilico - Retrieve Driver, Start Help & All-Round Great Guy.
Luigi has been flying since 1997 and moved back to Italy in 2004 after learning to fly in the UK, where he lived for over 25 years.
Now based full-time in Bassano del Grappa, he agrees that it has got to be the most flyable place in Europe.
When flying he is often seen as a speck way out in the flats or on some interesting line in the higher mountains. It is always a pleasure to fly with him. Unfortunately not that often these days as we keep him very busy driving, following our groups around the flat lands of Italy, most of the time arriving before they have finished packing up.
One of the most over-qualified start help/retrieve drivers in the history of paragliding. Without him things just wouldn't be the same!
BHPA Pilot Rated with around 3000hrs - mainly in Bassano del Grappa.
And not forgetting Otto - CFI, Mascot & Man's Best friend.
After spending 4 years in a cage, left alone 24hrs a day, Luigi rescued him and now he's an integral part of Austrian Arena.
From cruel captivity to the Jet-Set lifestyle, riding shotgun in the van & staying in fancy hotels at 1800m, Otto is the Star wherever he goes.
He rarely barks, only to seek attention from anyone who's interested, from burly workmen to the cutest toddlers. Whether you've got food or not, he loves to say hello!
Often getting way more likes than my paragliding photos. So we have decided to give the public what they really want...
Less Paragliding shots and more of Otto! Way cooler than the Fonz!
If you can't beat them join them. Hey Otto?
a few of kelly's results & high-lights
2009 - 2000
British Team member for the European Championships in Morzine, France, 2006
3rd serial class in British Open in Castejon de Sos, Spain, 2004
Axis UK Team member, winners of Spanish round, 2009
Highest FAI World Ranking Position (WPRS): 18th, 2006
Zillertal - Tuxertal - Lend - Krimml 186km flat triangle, 2009