Top level formation flying as a side job

Despite the professional performance of the PC-7 TEAM, all team members fly these displays as a side job. As their full time job, all PC-7 TEAM members are pilots in one of the Swiss Air Force’s three F/A-18 squadrons based in Payerne and Meiringen, and fly some 110 flight hours per year with the Hornet. In this function they carry out the missions of the Swiss Air Force, which include maintaining air sovereignty and air policing over Swiss territory.

In other air forces, it is rare for all the pilots in an aerobatics team like the PC-7 TEAM to be all full-time professional fighter jet pilots who perform flight displays only as a side job. A fact that underlines the high performance capability of the Swiss Air Force.

Lt Col Daniel Stämpfli

Commander

PC-7 TEAM 2016

  • Turbo 1

    Capt Martin Vetter

    Leader 11 FS
  • Turbo 2

    Capt Alain von Büren

    Right Wing 17 FS
  • Turbo 3

    Capt Matthew Leavy

    Left Wing Fighter squadron 17
  • Turbo 4

    Capt Matthias Müller

    Slot Fighter squadron 17
  • Turbo 5

    Capt Cyril Johner

    Left Outer Wing Fighter squadron11
  • Turbo 6

    Capt Thomas Hilpert

    Right Outer Wing Fighter squadron 18
  • Turbo 7

    Capt Marius Krüsi

    1st Solo Fighter squadron 18
  • Turbo 8

    Capt Mario Thöni

    2nd Solo Fighter squadron18
  • Turbo 9

    Capt Mario Schwarz

    2nd Lead Fighter squadron 18
  • Turbo

    Capt David Menth

    Spare Pilot Fighter squadron 17
  • Turbo

    Capt Christoph Schneider

    Spare Pilot Fighter squadron 18

Public Relations Officers and speakers

Capt Philippe Hertig

PR / Speaker

Maj Andreas Hebeisen

PR / Speaker

The precise use of special music effects, live radio broadcasts and the distinctive sound of the engines makes the commentary especially effective and lends a dynamic harmony to the entire performance. The weather conditions, topography and spectator areas are always different, so it is a real challenge every time to time the music right in alternation with the radio sequences and commentary.