Our group was founded when mountain doctor and paraglider pilot Dr Matt Wilkes met physiological ecologist Dr Lucy Hawkes in 2015. They decided to fuse Matt’s work in altitude and human performance with Lucy’s experience of studying extreme animal migrations to investigate the beautiful and fascinating world of free flight.
Matt and Lucy were soon joined by biomechanicist and pilot Professor Adrian Thomas, physiologist Dr Martin MacInnis, aerospace engineer Michael Vergalla and Red Bull Athletes Tom de Dorlodot and Horacio Llorens.
Together, the Free Flight Physiology Project was born. Our aims? To improve the safety and performance of pilots, and to push the boundaries of comparative physiology research.