I’ve been always interested in the background of organizing a big event – it’s a professional harm to me -, because I know how perfectly coordinated team work and high level problem solving skill are necessary to it. In my work so far, I could participate in the preparation and the implementation of some smaller or bigger company events, and as a journalist, I attended a lot of well or not so well organized international autosport and military programme. In fact, once my curiosity came up to that I applied for a civilian volunteer position at the military air show at Kecskemét ten years ago. It was an unforgettable experience to see it from inside and participate in the protocol duties, thanks to the professional organizers then. When I had a talk with Tamás Bánszki, member of the Hungarian military parachuting team, about their training for the 42th Parachuting Championship in Hungary in August, I mentioned to him, that I would be happy to learn more about the background work of this event too. He advised to turn to Colonel dr. Tamás Bali, because he’s the head of it. So Emil and I visited him at the 86th Szolnok Helicopter Base, where he serves as a deputy base commander. During our conversation, he told us many interesting backstage secret about the preparation, the attendees, and his motivation and gained an insight into his busy workaday duties as well. After the interview, we could take photos of a renewed Mi-17 under the weekly check. We met the parachuting team and the new talents although not at the planned place but in authentic surroundings.
Let’s see the interview with the Colonel.