Name :: Phil Jennings
DOB :: 20 November 1976
Hometown :: Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
Paramotor :: Zenith with Top80 & Polini Thor 200
Wing :: Dudek Hadron
Year's flying :: Since 2009
Phil Jennings has had a good couple of years since he started flying in 2009. He accomplished some pretty good performances with some podiums on the British League tour.
Before training in Spain Phil had no flying background but was and still is keen to tinker with anything mechanical. Couple that with a passion for flying - always choosing the window seat on flights and keen to see the world below – it was inevitable that after seeing a picture of Ray McMahon (Dudek Dealer) behind the bar of his local pub, Phil became interested in the sport.
It was while training in Spain that Phil met fellow team pilot Dean Eldridge, and a friendship grew. Two months after returning from Spain, the pair attended the 2009 Paramotor British Open. While not competing Phil helped Dean with his preparation and the experience got him interested in the competition scene. Little did he know that the following year he would finish third in the British League and earning himself Best Newcomer.
In 2011 Phil finished second overall in the British League, culminating in a third place finish in the British Open – the final event of three held throughout the year – making him the highest placed British pilot. Phil also competed in the French Open finishing third in the non-French class and finishing ninth in the Belgian Open.
Other highlights in Phil’s paramotoring career include flying the Severn Bore back in March 2010, the accompanying video he made having been viewed by over 65,000 visitors on YouTube.
When not flying, Phil works as a prototype fitter tester for Land Rover and loves manufacturing and engineering, so can always be found making or modifying something in his workshop at home.