Mélanie Astles

To Dream, To Fly, To Inspire…

Melanie Astles is a six-time French Aerobatic Champion in 5 different levels, from Espoir in 2007 – to Elite in 2020 & 2021. She is also the reigning British Unlimited champion.

She made history as the first woman to compete in the famous Red Bull Air Race as a Challenger Cup pilot. In 2022 she will join the prestigious WCAR (World Championship Air Race) in the premier category “Aero GP1”.

Melanie’s story is above all one of passion, perseverance and surpassing oneself. When she left school at the age of 18 to enter professional life, no one imagined that this young girl would one day realize her childhood dream: to become a pilot. Like all successful careers, she owes much of her success to the exceptional people she has met along the way.

Passionate, determined and hard-working, Mélanie puts all her heart into pursuing her sporting and aeronautical goals. She loves sharing her dreams with the public and inspiring people to follow their dreams. She is present on social networks, at conferences and at airshows she attends around the world every year.

She has accumulated over 4200 hours of flight time in all disciplines.

Découvrez la team Mélanie Astles

Mark Elderkin

Director Marketing

Marketing Director, Mark assists in the marketing and communications development of Team Melanie Astles.

Marketing experience gained across many different sectors including food and drink, retail and direct-to-consumer businesses. Mark is about passionate about brands and helping ‘challenger’ brand businesses grow.

Ted Szymczak

COO & Flight Director

Chief Operating Officer and assistant manager, Ted offers his skills and knowledge on the operational part of the Team Melanie Astles. He responds to many organizational constraints during the Team’s travels.

Flight director, he is present on the aerial demonstrations of Melanie. As a professional photographer, he also takes care of the official shots of the Team.

André Armand

Mental Coach

He is a certified professional mental coach and works with Melanie to help her mentalize her aerobatic races and programs. He also intervenes in stress management during trying days.

Loan Charleau

Photographer

Young talented artist photographer, Loan accompanies Melanie in her adventures, to make artistic images in flight or on the ground.

Martine Astles

Communication

Martine helps Melanie with the writing and translation of her communications and newsletters, with the help of Nick Wheeler, synthesizing the latest events for posting on the melanieastles.com website and on social networks.

Nick Wheeler

Logistics Coordinator

Nick is actively involved in the team’s logistics and in the preparation of regulatory files. He also participates with Martine in the writing of files and newsletters to keep you informed of the latest news.

Nick is an airplane pilot and a pure enthusiast with a very developed analytical sense, which allowed him to assist Melanie on her debriefings of Red Bull Air Race.

Mélanie Astles

To Dream, To Fly, To Inspire…

Melanie Astles is a six-time French Aerobatic Champion in 5 different levels, from Espoir in 2007 – to Elite in 2020 & 2021. She is also the reigning British Unlimited champion.

She made history as the first woman to compete in the famous Red Bull Air Race as a Challenger Cup pilot. In 2022 she will join the prestigious WCAR (World Championship Air Race) in the premier category “Aero GP1”.

Melanie’s story is above all one of passion, perseverance and surpassing oneself. When she left school at the age of 18 to enter professional life, no one imagined that this young girl would one day realize her childhood dream: to become a pilot. Like all successful careers, she owes much of her success to the exceptional people she has met along the way.

Passionate, determined and hard-working, Mélanie puts all her heart into pursuing her sporting and aeronautical goals. She loves sharing her dreams with the public and inspiring people to follow their dreams. She is present on social networks, at conferences and at airshows she attends around the world every year.

She has accumulated over 4200 hours of flight time in all disciplines.

Découvrez la team Mélanie Astles

Mark Elderkin

Director Marketing

Marketing Director, Mark assists in the marketing and communications development of Team Melanie Astles.

Marketing experience gained across many different sectors including food and drink, retail and direct-to-consumer businesses. Mark is about passionate about brands and helping ‘challenger’ brand businesses grow.

Ted Szymczak

COO & Flight Director

Chief Operating Officer and assistant manager, Ted offers his skills and knowledge on the operational part of the Team Melanie Astles. He responds to many organizational constraints during the Team’s travels.

Flight director, he is present on the aerial demonstrations of Melanie. As a professional photographer, he also takes care of the official shots of the Team.

André Armand

Mental Coach

He is a certified professional mental coach and works with Melanie to help her mentalize her aerobatic races and programs. He also intervenes in stress management during trying days.

Loan Charleau

Photographer

Young talented artist photographer, Loan accompanies Melanie in her adventures, to make artistic images in flight or on the ground.

Martine Astles

Communication

Martine helps Melanie with the writing and translation of her communications and newsletters, with the help of Nick Wheeler, synthesizing the latest events for posting on the melanieastles.com website and on social networks.

Nick Wheeler

Logistics Coordinator

Nick is actively involved in the team’s logistics and in the preparation of regulatory files. He also participates with Martine in the writing of files and newsletters to keep you informed of the latest news.

Nick is an airplane pilot and a pure enthusiast with a very developed analytical sense, which allowed him to assist Melanie on her debriefings of Red Bull Air Race.