Verba takes every opportunity to support athletes, artists and other forms of self-expression that resonate with our philanthropic goals. As part of this effort, Verba visited Orsolya Diófási-Kovács, a member of the Hungarian Gliding Team at a training competition in her preparation for the Women’s World Gliding Championships.
The sleek gliders on the ground and in the air made the spectators forget how complex and precise technology is required in the background, complemented by the skills of the pilot just to make these planes fly. Just like in our business, reliability is mission critical during the flights. During the visit we had a chance to talk to her about the sport, her preparation, and her expectations:
When did you start flying? How did you get into the world of gliding?
I come from a flying family, but my father showed me contest flying when he was coaching the Hungarian Junior Team and I traveled with them to many world championships. I fly since 2002 and compete since 2006.My team is always from family, my father, and brother or lately my husband as well. They are all experienced pilots, and trust in my team is the most important for me.
I’m a member of the National Team since 2009. To be honest, this is the success of my team. The experience that I have gained over the years made me capable of reacting to unexpected situations. When you are up there, you are more or less prepared for your flight, you know what you want to do, but things can sometimes happen really fast. You can’t let the winds dictate, you have to exploit the winds and thermal currents to take you wherever you want to go.
What qualities do you need to beat your rivals?
In my career, I have met many many good pilots, who showed good skills overall. But here in the international scene, you need specialized skills and expertise to leave the other pilots standing and glide further with more precision than they do. To do that in the air, you need an excellent team on the ground who maintain and set up your glider, analyze your flights, or provide mental support. So all in all the team has to work like a set of cogwheels in a piece of machinery to achieve great results.
What do you expect from the World Cup?
I hope to have many successful flights, many moments of flow and my goal is to be among the 5 best women pilots in the world.